Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic
Lynne Jackowiak, Speech-Language Pathology Clinic Coordinator
Established in 1958, the UNC Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Clinic provides a variety of diagnostic and rehabilitative services to individuals with speech, language, hearing, and/or balance difficulties. Our facility located in Gunter Hall was fully remodeled in 1995 and equipped with the latest instrumentation for diagnosing and treating communication disorders of any age. Referrals from physicians, teachers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, parents, or other clients are accepted but are not necessary.
The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic is a non-profit organization. Services are provided by graduate students under the supervision of faculty and staff who are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
- Comprehensive hearing evaluations
- Hearing aid evaluations, fitting, orientation, sales, and maintenance
- Hearing aid battery sales
- Assistive listening devices
- Middle ear (immittance) testing
- (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders Evaluations
- Auditory brainstem response (ABR/BAER) assessment
- Otoacoustic emission (TEOAE & DPOAE) testing
- Occupational hearing conservation
- Detection of infant hearing impairment
- Sound measurement and surveys
- Personal hearing protection
- Hearing aid dispensing site for the Hearing Aid Bank for Weld County
- Mobile audiometry
- Comprehensive speech and language evaluations
- Individual and group therapy for children and adults with disorders of fluency, voice, autism, and/or language.
- Individual and group therapy for speech-language disorders following stroke, head trauma, or laryngectomy
- Aural rehabilitation
- Augmentative communication device training (for individuals with limited or no speech)
- Accent modification therapy
- (Central) Auditory Processing Disorders Evaulations
Daniels Fund Cochlear Implant Clinic
Drs. Julie Hanks and Tina Stoody received a generous grant from the Daniels Fund in September, 2008 to support the implementation of a cochlear implant clinic which is currently housed within the University of Northern Colorado’s Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Clinic. The clinic is a two pronged project aimed at providing much needed services to children who are deaf and their families in the Northern Colorado community and surrounding areas, as well as providing financial support and training for graduate students within our Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology degree programs. Services to children who are deaf and their families include diagnostic evaluations, (re)habilitation therapy and resources for families. The clinic will be expanding to include troubleshooting services for all of the devices currently used by our clients. Troubleshooting services should be available by Summer 2009. We do not currently provide cochlear implant mapping services. In addition, while the Daniels Fund project is focused on helping children, our clinic also provides services to adults with cochlear implants, as well as those who are considering cochlear implants. Individuals interested in learning more about our clinic can contact Dr. Julie Hanks or Dr. Tina Stoody.
Scottish Rite Foundation Funded Programs
The Scottish Rite Foundation of Colorado has a long history of supporting early speech, language, and hearing intervention to preschool and school-age children. Our clinic is one of 12 RiteCare programs in the state. Families are eligible to apply for funding every six months. Contact Dr. Kathleen Fahey at (970) 351-1587 for more information.
The Talking and Listening with Preschools (TALP) program is an intensive group experience for children with language problems and their typical peers. Children attend for two hours twice weekly. Professionals and graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology collaborate with parents to create individualized language-learning plans utilizing children’s literature and rich language interactions. Each child is initially evaluated prior to the start of the program to establish baseline language and literacy skills. Then, each individual child’s progress is recorded throughout the program to document overall growth in literacy and language.
Speaking and Signing Stories (SASS) is a six-week program during our summer semester for children who are deaf/hard of hearing and their siblings. They learned sign language and practiced listening and talking through exposure to story books and hands-on activities. Parents observed lessons and were provided with weekly handouts (in Spanish or English) about activities and ideas for the home. Lessons were designed and facilitated by graduate students in speech-language pathology under supervision by a faculty member.
The Language and Literacy (LAL) group is a six week summer program designed for older school-aged children, their siblings and hearing peers. This group used theatre and fractured fairy tales as the backdrop for developing skills in literacy and language. Students read, wrote and performed plays throughout the six weeks. In a culminating event, the group performed a play for their families and young children who are deaf/hard of hearing.
- Charges vary according to the services provided. For information about specific fees, contact the clinic
- Sliding fee scale available to qualified applicants
- Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit cards accepted
- Reimbursement is often available from health insurance
- University of Northern Colorado Communication Assistance Program (UNCCAP) is available for qualified individuals to help fund services
- Medicare, Medicaid, and Colorado Access provider
Finding the clinic: If driving south on 8th Avenue, the parking lot entrance is just south of the stop light at 8th Avenue and 18th Street. If driving north on 8th Avenue, turn left at 19th Street and turn right immediately into the parking lot entrance. Enter Gunter Hall through the southeast, garden level entrance. Parking permits are available from the reception desk in Gunter Hall 0330. Click here for a map of UNC to find Gunter Hall.