The BYU Speech and Language Clinic offers evaluations and treatment services in the areas of speech, language, voice, fluency, and aural rehabilitation. The clinic has anywhere from 20 to 60 patients being treated by 20 to 25 student clinicians during most of the year.
Clinicians are students in the speech-language pathologist master’s program administered by the Department of Communication Disorders. During this two-year program students benefit from clinical experience, which ensures they will be effective as they later work in schools, in hospitals, and in private care.
A licensed speech-language pathologist supervises each student and helps student clinicians assess and create a treatment plan for each patient. Director of the BYU Speech and Language Clinic, Lee Robinson, explained that students not only benefit from clinical educators who supervise, but also from research faculty. “We have the advantage of excellent research professors to help us provide the best service. We believe that research informs clinical practice,” said Robinson. “Our number-one priority is to train students. Our number-two priority is to give the best service we can.”
Student clinicians are required to attend a colloquium twice each week for lectures on methods and techniques given by faculty from the department. Students also present individual case studies of their own patients. The colloquium class allows students a forum to both learn and refine their methods to diagnose and assess, and to discuss interactions with the parent or caregiver. “As students gain more clinic experience, supervisor and faculty mentoring evolves from direction to feedback,” explains Robinson.
Some of the communication disorders treated at the clinic are:
- Speech sound disorders
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Cleft palate
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Developmental language disorders
- Pediatric feeding
- Traumatic brain injury
- Voice disorders
For more information about the BYU Speech and Language Clinic, click here.
For more information about course sequencing and how the clinic fits in with the Communication Disorders master's program, click here.