The Charles Van Riper Language, Speech, and Hearing Clinic was established in 1936 as one of the nation’s fi rst university speech clinics. It is operated by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Western Michigan University as an integral part of the academic program. Speech and language services are provided by student clinicians under the direct supervision of faculty members who hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Referrals are accepted from any source; physician referral often is not necessary.
Evaluation and therapy services cover a wide range of communication problems including the areas of speech sound production, apraxia of speech, oral and written language, pragmatic/social use of language, speech fluency (stuttering), alternative/augmentative methods of communication, English as a Second Language, and communication problems related to developmental delay, brain injury, cleft palate, and hypo/hypernasal resonance.
Children and adults with speech, language, and cognitive-communication difficulties that interfere with their ability to: