The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic offers clinical assassment and treatment services for individuals experiencing problems with:
• articulation, fluency (stuttering)
• hearing, hearing aid fitting and dispensing
• language (developmental language disorders or recovery of language after stroke or other brain trauma)
• voice & resonance
Services are provided by graduate student clinicians under the supervision of licensed and certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
Clients continuing from one semester to the next are assigned to new clinicians at the beginning of each semester. The purposes for this policy are (1) to provide student clinical interns with diverse clinical experiences in terms of diagnoses, culture, and age, and (2) to nurture and promote the client's independence and ability to generalize improved communication skills from one communication situation to another.
The Clinic follows the academic calendar set forth by Texas State University-San Marcos, offering assessment and treatment services during three semesters each year:
• During the two long semesters (fall and spring semesters), evaluations, hearing aid fitting and dispensing, and individual and group speech therapy services are available.
• During the summer, clinical operations continue as in the long semesters and specialized programs as well as group therapy sessions are available.
How would I know if my child needs an evaluation for speech or language?
The Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic considers confidentiality of our clients’ health information to be of the utmost importance in order to maintain the privacy of clients served. We follow HIPPA regulations to ensure this.
To set up an evaluation/screening:
• Call the receptionist. She will ask questions about the problem you want to address.
• If your have questions regarding a particular problem, she may refer your call to the appropriate clinical staff member.
• If you need audiological (hearing) or speech/language services, an appointment can be scheduled. The frequency and duration of appointments are arranged according to availability and the needs of clients, student clinicians, and supervisors.
• Once intake is completed you will be sent:
o A comprehensive case history form to be completed and returned (can be filled out here and submitted by email)
o A cover letter containing instructions and information about fees
o A map to the Clinic
Referrals – Referrals may be made by physicians, parents, spouses, teachers, and individuals at agencies or by the client himself or herself. Initial contact may be made in person or by telephone at 512-245-8241. At the time of initial contact, the referring person is asked to provide a description of the speech, language, or hearing concern, demographic, and financial and or insurance information. If the client has been referred by a physician, teacher, or treatment facility, a statement of the reason for referral and a report of medical examination or other diagnostic information may be requested.
When admission to speech-language pathology and/or audiology services is not possible, other ways of securing the needed services and assistance are recommended. Some alternatives to admission to the Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic are:
• referral to another agency or practice such as the public schools, a community center in the area from which the person lives, or speech-language pathologists and audiologists in private practice;
• referral to another treatment source, such as physicians, and other clinical practitioners (psychologists, developmental specialists.
In accordance with the Texas State University policy, no person shall be excluded from participation in, or be subject to discrimination by the Texas State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on any basis prohibited by applicable law, including, but not limited to, race, color, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.