The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders houses a Speech-Language-Hearing Center that provides services to the university community, as well as to Worcester County. The Center is committed to providing an educational experience which will allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver high quality clinical services. Also, the Center serves to maximize the communicative competence of the public and its clients by offering prevention, evaluation, and intervention services.
Graduate students are supervised by speech-language pathologists and audiologists who are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for entry-level practice in speech-language pathology. Individualized services are offered to people of all ages with communication disorders and differences in articulation, fluency, voice, language, and hearing, as well as those who wish to reduce foreign accents. People with a variety of diagnoses including autism, cerebral palsy, head injury, intellectual disability, and stroke are served. Services are also provided for the prevention of speech, language, and hearing disorders.
The Center offers specialty programs, including those that enhance group interaction. A functional communication group focuses on intervention for adults who have speech and language deficits secondary to stroke. A summer camp is offered for children who stutter and their families. The Worcester Chapter of the National Stuttering Association is a group designed for adults who stutter. Referrals are accepted from any source. Fees for service are assessed and may be adjusted dependent on the ability to pay. A minimum fee is assessed for each client, payable by a published due date each semester. The Center is committed to a policy of non-discrimination. The Center schedule is based on the university's academic schedule. Typically, fall sessions run from late September through mid December. Spring sessions run from early February through early May. During the summer, a six week program is offered and runs from late June through early August.
The Center is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of its clients personal information. Case managers and students are required to abide by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Code of Ethics to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all client's served.
For more information regarding services offered, availability, and fees, please contact Center Director Ann T. Veneziano, M.S., CCC-SLP, at 508-929-8055.
Speech-Language-Hearing Center Mission
The mission of the Worcester State University Speech-Language-Hearing Center incorporates the University and the Graduate Program in Speech-Language Pathology missions. The Center is committed to providing an educational experience which will allow students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver high quality services in accordance with the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association Speech Language Pathology Scope of Practice. The Center seeks to maximize the communicative competence of its clients by offering prevention, evaluation, and intervention services. The Center serves a variety of clients in regard to age, disorder, severity level, and linguistic/cultural background. Services are provided for differences and disorders including articulation, fluency, voice and resonance, receptive and expressive language, hearing, swallowing, cognitive aspects of communication, social aspects of communication, and communication modalities across the lifespan.
The Center is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, and national origin.
A. The Center brochure for the Worcester State University Speech-Language-Hearing Center contains a statement of nondiscrimination.
B. The only reasons for refusal to provide clinical services will be limited space in the program, lack of available personnel with expertise in the problem area, or lack of appropriate equipment.
C. Occasionally, preference can be given to types of cases needed for student training.
D. The fee system contains a sliding scale with an individual paying what she/he can afford. The minimum fee will be discussed with the Center Director.