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Speech and Hearing Centers

The University of Rhode Island Speech and Hearing Centers, named for Walter J. Beaupre, a founding faculty member, 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 AY 2012-2013, more than 1200 clients were served in our clinics.


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, including autism spectrum disorders and difficulties with literacy learning; 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. In addition, the department has a newly added observation suite across the hall from the clinic in Independence Square (Suite H) designed to facilitate student observation of clients either on line or after their sessions have taken place.

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, 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, 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 local chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, URISSLHA, will hold a meeting on Monday, October 27th at 7:15 in the Galanti Lounge of the main library (3rd floor). All students with interests in a career in speech-language pathology or audiology are encouraged to attend.


Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.


Welcome to new and returning students


2014 NSSLHA meeting announced


Congratulations are in order


Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers