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Enhance your ability to communicate.
Worcester State University's Speech-Language-Hearing Center helps people of all ages with communication disorders and differences, including difficulties with articulation, fluency, voice, language, and hearing.
The center serves:
The center is housed in Worcester State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, and we partner with its Speech-Language Pathology master’s program to provide educational experiences to graduate students. Our students acquire knowledge and skills while delivering high-quality clinical, diagnostic, and intervention services under the attentive supervision of our staff. (HIPAA training and certification for our students is provided by HIPAA EXAMS, Inc.)
The center is open whenever Worcester State University is open—the schedule is based on the academic calendar:
For more than 35 years the center has been assisting the community, operating two clinics: the Speech-Language Clinic and the Hearing Clinic. These clinics are staffed by speech-language pathologists and audiologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
Referrals are accepted from any source, and no fee is assessed for our services. Donations to the Worcester State Foundation are accepted to support graduate students and center operations. Fees are assessed for products.
SPEAK OUT! is a therapy program for people with Parkinson’s disease. The
therapy focuses on improving their voice, and in turn, their swallowing. In this
program, speech is transformed from an automatic function to an intentional
task. SPEAK OUT! is usually completed in 12 sessions spanning across the
semester, then the client transitions to the LOUD Crowd.
LOUD Crowd is group therapy focusing on maintenance for skills obtained
during SPEAK OUT! and is a source of camaraderie for its members. LOUD
Crowd meets once a week.
SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd sessions occur at the Worcester State
University Speech-Language-Hearing Center.
The SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd therapy regimens were developed at
Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, TX. You can visit their website here:
If you are interested in receiving “SPEAK OUT!” or “LOUD Crowd” services please contact the center at 508-929-8055.
Thanks to several grants from the Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, the Hoche-Schofield Foundation, and the McEvoy Foundation, our Hearing Clinic has expanded audiology services to adults. We provide the following services for adults with hearing difficulties:
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations
Hearing Aid Services
Custom Ear Molds
We offer discounts on products to WSU employees/retirees and their immediate family members, WSU students, Worcester State alumni, and members of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. Contact us for details.
Our Speech-Language Clinic offers a full range of prevention, evaluation, and intervention services for people with speech and language disorders, including:
This clinic serves people with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, cerebral palsy, brain injury, intellectual disability, and stroke. It offers specialty programs, including a program for children and teens who stutter and their families.
Speech-language pathologists certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology supervise graduate students as they conduct prevention, evaluation, and intervention sessions. The clinic’s speech-language pathologists have a wide range of expertise with communication disorders.
Our Fluency Disorders Program offers prevention, evaluation, and intervention services for individuals of all ages who have fluency disorders. Stuttering is the most common fluency disorder we treat. If you stutter or have acquired a fluency disorder, you can sign up for our individual and group services. Counseling is an integral component in our diagnostic and therapeutic process.
In addition to individual and group services during the fall and spring semesters, we offer a summer program for children and teens who stutter. Established in 2005, this program features individual therapy sessions, group therapy sessions, and parent education sessions. The individual and group therapies are designed to help our clients more effectively manage their stuttering. At the same time, parents receive support and information about stuttering to improve their understanding and interactions with their children.
We host Worcester National Stuttering Association meetings for adults who stutter and anyone interested in learning more about stuttering. We meet in the Ghosh Science and Technology Center, Room 122D, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
In addition, the clinic employs 2 speech-language pathologists who are the only board-certified specialists in fluency and fluency disorders in the Central Massachusetts region. (There are only approximately 300 specialists in the United States.)
Please contact us before completing the following forms so that we can direct you to the packet that will most appropriately meet your needs.
Adult Speech-Language Child Speech-Language Adult Fluency Child Fluency Adult Hearing
Joan ButterworthClinical Instructor508email@example.com
Katherine ColeAdministrative Assistant508firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Crawford-StacyClinical Instructor508email@example.com
Catherine PoppAssistant Clinical Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann T. Veneziano-KorzecDirector508-929-8568 email@example.com