The University of Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Centers provide comprehensive clinical services, both at the Kingston campus and our Pawtucket facility. These centers offer a broad range of speech-language and hearing services to clients of all ages. Those accepted for diagnostic and/or therapy services receive treatment from qualified professionals, with the assistance of trained graduate students in speech-language pathology and audiology.
We enjoy a very positive reputation for delivery of excellent professional services in our local community and well beyond. Our referrals come from all over the state of Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut, and southeastern Massachusetts. Clients may be self-referred or referred by educators, physicians, and other healthcare professionals. During the fall and spring semesters of AY 2008-2009, students completed 1,992 client contact hours.
Services include (but are not limited to) diagnostic hearing tests, hearing aid evaluations and dispensation; aural rehabilitation; assessment of and treatment for voice, articulation, fluency, and language disorders; communication and cognitive therapy for adults with neurological disorders resulting from strokes or traumatic brain injuries; and programs to improve fluency for ESL clients.
Elizabeth Connors, Director of Clinical Services, and the teaching faculty within the CMD Department are routinely involved in clinic supervision/teaching and research. Students enrolled in their senior year clinical methods course (CMD 465) have opportunities to observe graduate students and faculty providing therapeutic and diagnostic sessions in both speech-language pathology and audiology and accrue their ASHA-required 25 observation hours as a prerequisite to graduate-level clinical training. Speech and Hearing Center clients or their guardians sign a release indicating consent to being observed by qualified practicum students and, in some instances, for therapy sessions to be used for classroom instruction purposes via audio/video tapes.
Modest fees for clinical services are generally reduced for members of the URI Community and are adjusted for others consistent with ability to pay.
The Kingston Speech and Hearing Center is located in Independence Square at 25 W. Independence Way just off Kingstown Road. For directions to this location from Mapquest.com, click here.
The Pawtucket Speech and Hearing Center is located in Pawtucket's Independence Square at 500 Prospect Street. For directions to this location from Mapquest.com, click here.
For more information and/or to schedule an appointment at either of our centers, telephone (401) 874-5969 weekdays between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M.
The first meeting of the University of Rhode Island Student Speech and Hearing Association (URISSLHA) chapter of national NSSLHA will be held on Wednesday, September 18th at 7:15PM in the Galanti Lounge (3rd floor of the library).
Barbara Culatta, Professor and Dean at Brigham Young University will be speaking on Thursday, October 17, from 7-9 pm. The talk will be held in CBLS 010 and the title will be “Playful Practice to Teach Language and Literacy Skills”. Graduate students are required to attend; all others are invited to attend.
Professor Irene Walsh, Trinity College, Dublin will present a talk titled, "Identifying the demographic and communication profiles of children with a primary diagnosis of ADHD" on Tuesday, October 29th from 7-9 p.m. in Swan Auditorium (Swan Hall). All graduate students in CMD are required to attend.
Here are our URISSLHA officers (Left to Right below): Mary Loveley, secretary; Kristen Troy, historian; Jaclyn Schiemer, president; Lexi Caruso, treasurer; and Kristy Wallace, vice-president. We thank our outgoing board members: Shannon Witter, Meredith Fitzgibbon, Heidee Pottker and Jess Lally for all of their hard work. Shannon and Meredith are graduating in May, Heidee will be a second-year graduate student, and Jess is heading off to graduate school! Look for information about our first fall 2014 meeting here on the CMD web site.