Learn how to speak confidently with help from the 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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
The center will assist with a variety of communication differences. The center serves the following groups:
- 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
If you are uncertain if you can use the center’s services, call our number in the contact information.
Anyone who needs speech, language, or hearing healthcare.
Since the center is housed in Worcester State’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Department, it is in partnership with the department’s Speech-Language Pathology master’s program to provide educational experiences to graduate students. These students acquire knowledge and skills while delivering high-quality clinical, diagnostic, and intervention services under the attentive supervision of our staff.
To schedule an appointment, please contact the center by calling our number in the contact information. Referrals are accepted from any source.
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
You can make your gift online or you can mail your check (made payable to the Worcester State Foundation) to:
Division of University Advancement
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
Please be sure to list “SLHC donation” in the memo field. Your generous support will help us continue our mission to have a positive impact on the community.
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 clients’ voices 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.
Group Therapy Support
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.
A program developed by experts
The SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd therapy regimens were developed at Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, Tex.
If you are interested in receiving “SPEAK OUT!” or “LOUD Crowd” services please contact the center by using the number in the contact information.
- Video otoscopy
- Pure-tone audiometry
- Speech audiometry
- Immittance testing (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes)
- Otoacoustic emissions
- 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
- Group and individual therapy
- Family education and support
- Hearing aid care and maintenance
- Communication strategies
- Hearing assistive technology
- Ear molds for hearing aids
- Musician ear molds and monitors
- Ear molds for mobile phones and iPods
- Swim molds
- Hearing protection molds
The center offers discounts on products to Worcester State employees/retirees and their immediate family members, Worcester State students, Worcester State alumni, and members of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. Contact the center at the number in the contact information for more details.
The 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. Other disorders that the center addresses are:
- Accent reduction
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
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.