Speech and Language Clinic provides valuable service to community

Posted on May 12, 2017
Dr. Joyce King-McIver (center) observes while a Communication Sciences & Disorders graduate student does speech therapy with a pre-teen boy.

Dr. Joyce King-McIver (center) observes while a Communication Sciences & Disorders graduate student does speech therapy with a pre-teen boy.

After more than 40 years, the Speech and Language Clinic continues to be a vital resource for UWM’s campus and the surrounding community. The Clinic provides evaluation and treatment services to children and adults who have a variety of communication disorders, including, articulation, phonology, language, fluency, and voice.

Treatment programs start at the beginning of the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, however referrals are accepted throughout the year.

Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), Joyce King-McIver, PhD, CCC-SLP, took over as the Clinic’s coordinator in September 2016.

Services at the Speech and Language Clinic

Praising the services provided at the Clinic, King-McIver said, “All of our treatment plans are evidence-based and reflect the most current standards in the field. We have state-of-the-art assessment and intervention equipment, as well as the know-how to use the equipment to a client’s best advantage.”

To offset the cost of materials and equipment, the Clinic charges minimal fees, but there is a sliding fee scale based on the federal poverty guidelines to help those experiencing financial hardship.

King-McIver noted the positive and substantial impact the Clinic has on the clients it serves, “Because the fee for our services is reduced, we see a lot of clients who might otherwise not have access to the help they need. We deliver cutting-edge treatments for a fraction of the cost. Providing access to these treatments is what makes our Clinic a unique and valuable resource to our community.”

Preparing students as future speech-language pathologists

As part of the professional preparation for CSD graduate students in their first year, the Clinic gives students the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have learned through their coursework to a variety of disorders. Students gain intensive, practical experience with the clinical process and are closely supervised by certified, licensed speech-language pathologists.

The CSD graduate program prepares students for careers as speech-language pathologists in multiple settings, including public schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, and university training programs.

Due to rising need within the field, King-McIver hopes one day to expand Clinic services, “This is a growing program and the Clinic is in high demand. We would love to create “satellite clinics” and expand the different types of disorders that we accommodate so our students can get the diverse experience they will need before entering the workforce.”

Audiologists at UWM offered free hearing screenings to campus and the surrounding community on April 18th. Experiences like hearing screenings are indispensable for graduate students in the Speech-Language Pathology program, as it helps them to sharpen the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and implement these services independently as future clinicians.

Read more information about the CHS’s collaboration with the UWM Audiology Group at uwm.edu/audiologygroup/.