Specialty Clinics

In addition to traditional clinic based services, the LSU Speech, Language, Hearing Clinic offers a variety of Specialty Clinics which are unique to our department.  These Specialty Clinics provide excellent experiences for students enrolled in each particular practicum. Please contact Rhonda Aucoin, Clinic Secretary, for more information at 225-578-9054. 

Accent Modification Training (ART) is provided to clients on a limited basis during some semesters. AMT is for individuals, who speak English as a second, sometimes third, language and want to improve their spoken English. Most of the AMT clients are LSU students. We have served clients from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Romania, Lebanon, India, Brazil, Turkey, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico, Taiwan, and Vietnam. AMT clients are among the most dedicated we see. They are highly motivated, intelligent, and industrious. Student clinicians enjoy AMT practica. They feel it is a way to “visit” a foreign country without leaving home. In AMT practicum, students are able to apply skills in phonology, language, and the prosodic elements of speech (intonation, stress, rate). Rebecca Gouvier, M.A., CCC-SLP is the Clinical Instructor of the AMT Clinic.

 

one on one therapy
student giving therapy

Our Adult Neurogenic Clinic provides comprehensive evaluations and intensive, one-on-one therapeutic interventions. We include clients and families in developing individualized therapy plans with functional goals addressing the specific needs of each client. Therapeutic interventions focus on functional, contextual activities to improve communication and cognitive skills and facilitate generalization to home, work and community environments. Individual therapy can be provided for a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to: Aphasia, Motor Speech Disorders ( Apraxia, Dysarthria ), Cognitive-Communication Impairment, Brain Injury and other neurological disorders, Voice Disorders, Augmentative Communication, Social Communication Disorders. All services are provided under the supervision of LSU Clinical Instructors, Sara G. Mele, M.S. CCC-SLP and Elaina McMurry, M.A. CCC-SLP

LSU COMD provides adult outpatient speech, language, cognitive, voice and swallowing therapy through a collaboration with Alliance Therapy Services. The focus of this clinic is to provide clinical training to our students in an outpatient medical setting to adults with a variety of disorders and diagnoses. We provide speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy with a multi-disciplinary team. Veronica Moore Walker, M.A./CCC-SLP is the LSU clinical instructor at this site. Approximately 6 graduate students are assigned each semester.

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child playing on ball during therapy
student working with child

 

Accelerated Supports for a Child’s Evolving NeuroDevelopment (ASCEND) is a collaborative program between LSU Department of Communication Disorders and Capital Area Human Services District. The goal of ASCEND is to provide a variety of interventions to 2-6 year old children with the diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Speech-Language Therapy services are coordinated by LSU Clinical Instructor, Kathleen “Keeny” Olinde, M.A., CCC-SLP. The focus of this clinic is to provide speech-language evaluations, treatment plans, and individual and group therapy services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders while collaborating with the child’s treatment team including: the child’s parents, Board Certified Behavioral Analysis Specialists, Applied Behavioral Analysis Technicians, and a Psychologist.

Assessment of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) through a team approach is the focus of this clinic. School-aged (7 years and older) through adults, can receive complete speech-language/reading assessments as well as a complete audiological battery of APD tests. Following assessments, counseling will center on appropriate suggestions for classroom management as well as specific therapy recommendations.

The LSU Speech Language and Hearing Clinic provides assessment and intervention for speech and language disorders through a collaboration with Louisiana Key Academy. The focus of this clinic is to provide clinical training in a school-based setting to school-aged children, kindergarten through 7th grade, with a variety of speech-language disorders and diagnoses. We provide individual speech therapy sessions while working collaboratively with the child’s classroom teachers and school staff. Services are provided under the supervision of LSU Clinical Faculty, Leslie Weidman, M.S., CCC-SLP.

The LSU Speech Language and Hearing Clinic provides speech and language assessment and intervention through a collaboration with the LSU University Laboratory School. The focus of this clinic is to provide clinical training in a school-based setting to school aged children, kindergarten through 5th grade, with a variety of speech and language disorders. We provide both individual and small group therapy sessions while working closely with the child’s classroom teachers and family to achieve the best possible outcome. Services are provided under the supervision of LSU Clinical Faculty, Leslie Weidman, M.S., CCC-SLP.

Children playing in the Scottish Rite Pre school program
Children with COMD students
COMD student with a child in program

The Scottish RIte Preschool Speech and Language program is coordinated by Veronica Moore Walker, M.A./CCC-SLP. This program is provided in collaboration with the Scottish Rite Masons. We provide diagnostics and treatment to preschool age children with a variety of speech and language disorders. The clinic has 3 graduate students each semester with each providing services to 4-5 children. This is a pediatric outpatient clinic from 9-12 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

stroboscopy practice
student practicing exam

The stroboscopy clinic is coordinated by Veronica Moore Walker, M.A./CCC-SLP. The focus of this clinic is to obtain visualization and to acquire and analyze acoustic measures of the voice. To obtain visualization, the KAY Elemetrics Laryngeal Stroboscope-Model 9400-Digital Stroboscope is used. This equipment allows for observation of the anatomy and physiology of the laryngeal mechanism. To obtain acoustic measures the Computerized Speech Laboratory (CSL) software Model 4400 by KAY Elemetrics is used. The Real Time Pitch software analyzes fundamental frequency, duration and intensity of the voice using a phonetically balanced passage and obtaining a spontaneous speech sample. The Multi-Dimensional Voice Profile (MDVP) software program measures the acoustic aspects of the voice. Visualization and acoustical analysis aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of different voice disorders. 

This specialized Voice/Dysphagia clinic is coordinated by Melissa T. Lalande M.A., CCC-SLP. This clinic is hosted off-site at the LSU Surgery Center ENT Clinic in conjunction with Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. Clients seen at this clinic primarily are those with voice and/or swallowing disorders following surgical and/or oncologic treatment for head and neck cancer. Examples of services provided include pre-treatment counseling (chemo/radiation), post radiation voice and swallow rehabilitation, management of patients with tracheostomies including general care and Passy-Muir valve usage, voice restoration including TEP (tracheoesophageal puncture) placement and management, use of artificial larynx, behavioral management of the voice secondary to a variety of disorders causing aphonia or dysphonia, and facilitating appropriate services needed for adequate and efficient medical intervention. Approximately 6-9 MA students are scheduled for this clinic each year to satisfy their voice competency.