Speech & Hearing Clinic
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Truman State University Speech and Hearing Clinic
Services to the university community and public are provided year-round at the Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic, located on the ground floor in the Health Sciences Building. The clinic is generally closed during university breaks and holidays.
Who provides clinic services?
This is a teaching clinic. Student clinicians and faculty from Truman’s Communication Disorders program provide speech, language, and hearing screening, assessment and treatment services through the Clinic. The student clinicians work under the direct supervision of faculty who are fully licensed by the state of Missouri and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Who are the clients?
Because such services are scarce in our region, the Clinic draws clients from a 100 mile radius that includes the larger community of northeast Missouri. Typically, we serve more than 1000 people a year , 80% of whom are children. We see children and adults who have speech problems, language problems, difficulty with voice or fluency, and/or hearing loss.
The Clinic staff provide hearing screenings and information at community health fairs and similar events each year. Faculty and students from the Clinic collaborate with local Head Start programs, Early Head Start, hospitals, and school systems throughout the region. We accept referrals from individuals, university personnel, Parent As Teachers, local physicians, and local group homes. We provide speech and hearing screenings to several university groups throughout the year. Students, staff, and faculty and their families are also frequent clinic clients.
The clinic operates with a perpetual waiting list. Unfortunately, each semester people requesting services are turned away. The caseload is constrained by the number of student clinicians and faculty supervisors who are available, and the schedules of everyone involved.
What are the clinic fees?
The Clnic serves all ages, at no cost to individual clients.
What services are available?
The Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech and language evaluations, hearing screening and evaluations, and therapy for speech, language, and hearing problems. Typically, new speech and language or literacy clients are scheduled for an evaluation prior to being enrolled for therapy. Therapy is scheduled by semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) and is usually provided twice weekly in 50 minute session (M-W or T-Th).
Speech, language, and hearing assessments are conducted during set times each week, by appointment only. Often the evaluation (diagnostic) schedule is filled for several weeks in advance. When a client calls to be put on the list, they will be given more information and mailed a packet.
The Clinic is open M-F from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. Late clinic hours are sometimes available T-Thu evenings. Appointments are required. No walk-in services are available.
How do I get a clinic appointment?
To make or cancel a clinic appointment, call 660-785-7414 .
How do I get more information about the clinic?
For questions about clinical services, contact:
Melissa Passe, M.A., CCC-SLP, Clinic Director
Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic
Health Sciences Building
Truman State University
Kirksville Missouri 63501
Connie Ikerd, Program and Clinic Secretary
Department of Communication Disorders
Health Sciences Building 2252
660-785-4669 (Department of Communication Disorders at Truman State University)
660-785-7414 (Truman Speech and Hearing Clinic)