Speech-Language Evaluation and Therapy

Students observe a speech therapy session.

Speech and language services at the Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western Michigan University are provided by student clinicians under the direct supervision of faculty members from the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences 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.

About our services

The Speech-Language Evaluation and Therapy clinic schedules evaluations and therapy following the semester schedule of WMU. Evaluation sessions are typically one to two hours in length, designed to determine whether treatment services or referrals to outside agencies are necessary. Therapy is typically scheduled for an entire semester (9-10 weeks), with 50-minute individual sessions provided two days per week on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Meeting your needs

Children and adults with communication disorders can benefit from speech-language evaluation and/or treatment. Our clinic provides evaluation and treatment of a wide range of communication problems including:

  • Speech sound production
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Oral or written language
  • Pragmatic/social use of language
  • English as a second language
  • Speech fluency (stuttering)
  • Communication problems related to developmental delay, brain injury, progressive neuromotor disease or cleft palate
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Voice
  • Hypo/hypernasal resonance
  • Alternative/augmentative methods of communication

Who can benefit?

Children and adults with speech, language and cognitive-communication difficulties can benefit from our services if there is a problem with:

  • Communicating needs and ideas effectively.
  • Participating fully in home, school, work and community social interactions.
  • Acquiring literacy skills.

Getting started

To learn more information about speech-language evaluation and therapy, please call (269) 387-7059.