Concordia's Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is seeking new clients from the community for its projected reopening on August 31.
Located within the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center that is also home to the university’s Batterman School of Business, the clinic provides services to community members as well as invaluable experience for students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. While there is a fee for services, a payment plan and sliding scale are offered.
“Prior to the pandemic our numbers were growing nicely,” said Angela Haendel, PhD, CCC-SLP, clinic director and a licensed speech-language pathologist since 2002. “We had 12 preschoolers enrolled in the Child Language and Learning Center, and over two dozen individual clients of all ages,” noted Haendel, an assistant professor of speech language pathology.
“We’re planning on reopening August 31 for in-person and telehealth services, and are seeking both children and adults. We also intend to offer a social skills group for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities,” added Haendel, who won the Student Mentor Award several years ago from the Wisconsin Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Association.
Upon reopening, all staff, faculty and student clinicians will wear face shields, according to Haendel, and plexiglass shields will be placed between the client and clinician. Each clinic room will be sanitized before and after each session as in the past, with group sessions limited to five people.
Assessment and therapy service for all ages is offered in the following areas:
- Voice Resonance
- Emergent Literacy
- Communication deficit due to a stroke or other neurological disorder
The social skills group teaches conversational skills, how to use humor and assess feedback, how to organize successful meetings with friends, the appropriate use of electronic communication, how to handle disagreements, and dating skills, among other topics. This peer group is offered to students at Bethesda College located on Concordia University’s campus, as well as community members. Participants must be between 18-27 and have a diagnosed intellectual and/or developmental disability.
For more information or enrollment, please call 262-243-2134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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