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.

    Audiology 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.

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

Welcome to the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic

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:

Aphasia Communication Enhancement


Speech-Language Evaluation and Therapy

  • 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 
  • Hypo/hypernasal resonance 
  • Alternative/augmentative methods of communication 

Voice, Swallowing and Respiration Clinical Laboratory

All services are provided by graduate student clinicians. The clinicians are first year graduate students and are supervised by faculty members and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who hold a Michigan license and certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

* 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. 

Our location

The Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic is located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the University Medical and Health Sciences Center Building at 1000 Oakland Drive in Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008.

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    Contact information

    Please contact us using the following methods: Phone: (269) 387-7059 Fax: (269) 387-7227 Email: