Centers & Institutes

  • Speech-Language-Hearing Center

    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:

    • People with a variety of diagnoses, including autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, stroke, and Parkinson's disease
    • Children, teens, and adults who stutter
    • Individuals with hearing loss
    • Non-native English speakers who wish to reduce their foreign accents

    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:

    • Fall sessions run from late September through mid-December
    • Spring sessions run from early February through early May
    • Summer features a 6-week program that runs from late June through early August

    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.

  • Parkinson Voice Project: “SPEAK OUT!” & “LOUD Crowd” Programs

    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.

    Hearing Clinic

    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

    • Video otoscopy
    • Pure-tone audiometry
    • Speech audiometry
    • Immittance testing (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes)
    • Otoacoustic emissions

    Hearing Aid Services

    • Fitting fully digital customized products
    • Hearing aid consultation
    • Hearing aid orientation and follow-up appointments
    • On-site hearing aid checks and repairs
    • Providing hearing aid batteries and supplies

    Communication Therapy

    • Group and individual therapy
    • Family education and support
    • Hearing aid care and maintenance
    • Communication strategies
    • Hearing assistive technology

    Custom Ear Molds

    • Ear molds for hearing aids
    • Musician ear molds and monitors
    • Ear molds for mobile phones and iPods
    • Swim molds
    • Hearing protection 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.

    Speech-Language Clinic

    Our Speech-Language Clinic offers a full range of prevention, evaluation, and intervention services for people with speech and language disorders, including:

    • Accent reduction
    • Articulation
    • Fluency
    • Language
    • Voice

    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.

    Fluency Disorders Program

    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.)

    Forms for Services

    Please contact us before completing the following forms so that we can direct you to the packet that will most appropriately meet your needs.

    Forms for Adult Services

    PDF icon Adult Audiology Case History Form
    PDF icon Adult Case History Form
    PDF icon Adult Fluency Form

    Forms for Child Services

    PDF icon Child Case History Form
    PDF icon Child Fluency Bundle

    Meet the Staff

    Joan Butterworth
    Clinical Instructor

    Tina Coderre

    Katherine Cole
    Administrative Assistant

    Suzanne Crawford-Stacy
    Clinical Instructor

    Catherine Popp
    Assistant Clinical Coordinator

    Ann T. Veneziano-Korzec

    Visitor Parking Passes
    Designated parking spots for center clients are located directly adjacent to the Ghosh Science and Technology Center. Request a parking pass prior to your appointment by submitting an online form. On-street parking is also available near the Ghosh Center.
    Non-Discrimination Policy
    The Worcester State University Communication Sciences and Disorders Department and the Speech-Language-Hearing Center are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination for students, faculty, staff, and clients on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital/parental status, national/ethnic origin, genetic information, or citizenship.