Speech and Hearing Clinic
The Sir Alexander Ewing Speech and Hearing Clinic operates in conjunction with the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology to provide intervention for individuals suspected of having or demonstrating communication disorders. The clinic is located on the second floor of Smiddy Hall and includes two sound suites with adjoining control room, and several therapy and diagnostic rooms. Each room is equipped with video cameras for recording and later playback. Observation rooms, located between every two therapy rooms, allow viewing of therapy sessions by family members, students and supervisors.
Graduate students and upper level undergraduate students participate in diagnostic or therapeutic services as part of their education and training. Student clinicians are carefully supervised by academic and clinical faculty, who are nationally certified by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) and who possess appropriate state licensure.
Requests for clinic services may be initiated by any person or agency by phone or letter. Families, physicians, schools or community service agencies commonly refer individuals to the clinic. Cost for services are based on a sliding fee scale. No client is refused services due to an inability to pay.
Comprehensive evaluations are provided for adults and children who have suspected communication disorders. Difficulties with communication may be related to speech, language or hearing problems. Speech problems may be reflected in difficulties producing specific speech sounds or patterns of sounds, stuttering, or difficulty with vocal quality. Language disorders relate to problems understanding and expressing ideas. The Audiology Clinic diagnoses hearing loss and presents options for addressing hearing difficulties.
On campus, services generally involve one to one therapy for children and adults who exhibit communication problems. Individualized programs are generated to address the specific difficulties individuals may have with sound production, voice, fluency or language. Use of technology is common, such as an augmentative or alternative communication device or computers. Services for accent modification are also provided.
In addition to on-campus services, the Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic sponsors a variety of off-campus, community based services. Communication enhancement programs address the needs of participants within an area long term care facility, at a refugee assistance program, in local Head Start programs and in area day cares. These collaborative activities provide a wide range of therapeutic experiences for student clinicians, while providing a valuable service to the community.