Frequently Asked Questions
What services are available through the BYU Speech and Language Clinic?
The clinic offers evaluations and treatment services in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency, and aural rehabilitation. Services are provided on an equitable basis without regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, national origin, or disability.
Who actually does the therapy in the clinic?
This is a teaching clinic. All therapy services are performed by graduate students enrolled in the speech-language pathology masters program. Each student is supervised by a licensed speech-language pathologist.
How much does it cost to come to your clinic?
An evaluation costs $70, and treatment costs $25 for each session. Clients typically come two times a week for 50 minute sessions.
Since the students who work with my child are not licensed therapists, why do I have to pay?
The BYU clinic is not funded by the university. Even though it is a non-profit organization, the clinic needs funds to operate.
Where does the money go?
The money goes entirely back into the clinic. All tests, games, toys, equipment, gloves, etc. are purchased with the money received for therapy services. A new test can cost as much as $300, and we typically spend $100 a semester on cleaning supplies.
Is the price comparable to other clinics?
The current price for a private clinician in Utah County ranges from $25-70 a session. A session at Utah Valley Regional Hospital is anywhere from $90-150. Other universities in the state charge as much as $35 a session.
I already know my child has a speech delay. Why do I need further testing?
An evaluation is initially done by a clinician to assess if the client actually needs to receive therapy. If the clinician recommends therapy, the client is eligible to begin receiving services the next semester. Treatment cannot start immediately since there are so few student clinicians and the cases are assigned at the beginning of each semester (September and January).
How does the waiting list work?
Once an individual fills out the paperwork and sends it back to the clinic, their name is added to the waiting list. All of the paperwork needs to be completely filled out and returned before an individual is placed on the waiting list.
How long is the waiting list? Why so long?
The waiting list can range anywhere from 1-3 years. Many people are interested in receiving services and the clinic has very few students to work with clients. Also, our prices are very inexpensive.
Can I donate to the clinic?
Please speak to the clinic director if you are interested in donating materials to the clinic.
Is insurance accepted?
The clinic is willing to work with your insurance company. However, the clinic does not file insurance claims. It is up to the client or guardian to pay the clinic up front and then submit the claim for reimbursement.
Where is the clinic and how do I get there?
The clinic is located in the Taylor Building on the BYU campus at 1190 North 900 East (kitty-cornered from the BYU creamery) in Provo. If you are coming north on I-15, take the Provo Center Street exit and follow it to 900 East. Turn left and continue on 900 East- the clinic will be on your right. If you are traveling south on I-15, take the University Parkway exit and go east. Stay on University Parkway (past the BYU stadium and Marriott Center) until it runs out on 900 East. Turn right and follow 900 East to the next light. The clinic will be on your left.
Where can I park without getting a ticket?
There is a parking lot just outside of the Taylor Building with signs designating parking spots reserved for patrons of the clinic. If you come between 7am-4pm, you will need to get a parking pass from the secretary in the waiting area. The parking pass is good for only one day, so you need to get a new pass each time you visit the clinic.
How do I cancel a session?
Call the Communication Disorders secretary’s office at 422-4318. The secretaries will inform your clinician that the session has been cancelled.
*Please call 422-2870 if you have additional questions.