Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic

  • Student clinician and ACE client

    The Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program provides individual and group therapy to support and augment communication.

  • An audiologist works with a child with a Cochlear implant.

    Audiologic services are provided by faculty members or by student clinicians under the direct supervision of faculty members.

  • A child and her family attend a speech theraoy session.

    Children and adults with communication disorders can benefit from speech-language evaluation and treatment.

  • Photo of a vocal fold examination.

    Voice, respiration and resonance evaluation and treatment services are provided through the in-house voice and respiration laboratories.

The Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic was established in 1936 as one of the nation’s first university speech clinics. It is operated by the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences at Western Michigan University as an integral part of the academic program. The clinic provides many services across a variety of areas to meet the needs of the community. Our services include:

Services are provided by student clinicians enrolled in WMU’s Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. Students are supervised by faculty members and speech-language pathologists who hold a Michigan license and certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

* If you have had prior assessments or testing done, (speech, language, therapy, Individual Education Plan (IEP), behavioral analysis, audiology etc.) it is requested that you please send them before your appointment.


For Western Michigan University undergraduate students interested in volunteering with the Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic, please view the list of current opportunities and requirements on the application form. If you are interested in any of the opportunities and can meet the requirements, please complete the application.

WMU undergraduate volunteer application


The Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is located at:

1000 Oakland Dr
3rd and 4th Floors
Kalamazoo MI 49008 USA

Phone: (269) 387-7059
Fax: (269) 387-7026