College of Education and Health Professions

Speech and Hearing Clinic

University of Arkansas
Speech and Hearing Clinic

606 N. Razorback Road
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-575-4509, tel.
479-575-4507, fax

 

The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic is a university-affiliated practice that offers comprehensive speech, language and hearing services to people of all ages in the greater northwest Arkansas area. The Speech and Hearing Clinic has been providing these types of services in the community for nearly 50 years. The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic serves as the primary clinical training laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students in the Communication Disorders Program. Currently, the Speech and Hearing Clinic has four faculty members and two part-time clinical instructors (five speech-language pathologists and one audiologist) who provide services to patients and direct students in provision of assessment and intervention services.  

 

There are lots of changes occurring at the Speech and Hearing Clinic! 

The UA Speech and Hearing Clinic is announcing new fees for appointments effective Sept. 1, 2014. Please see the fee schedule for a breakdown of our services and associated fees. 

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is improving efficiency and effectiveness of patient care by utilizing a patient’s insurance coverage for services. 

For Medicaid patients: UA Speech & Hearing Clinic is currently able to bill Medicaid for services provided. A physician prescription for services is required. 

For patients with other forms of insurance: We are unable to bill insurance as of this date. Our staff is working diligently to finalize contracts with multiple private insurance companies, including BCBS and United Healthcare. The Clinic will work with patients/families to keep out of pocket expenses low. Please contact Marilyn McGehee at 479-575-4509 or by email at mmcgehee@uark.edu for more information.

For patients who are self-pay: Patients are now able to pay for services provided at the Speech & Hearing Clinic onsite using cash, check or credit card. 

For Medicare patients: Unfortunately, we do not accept Medicare at this time.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is also implementing new electronic systems to:

  • provide timely appointment scheduling and appointment reminders,
  • enable patients quick access to records, and
  • enhance privacy and security of patient information.

As always, we are committed to providing you with excellent patient services. We appreciate your loyalty and confidence in our services and look forward to meeting your communication needs. 

The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic is proud to highlight some of our specialized programs and services:

Audiology and Hearing Services

The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic offers hearing health care services to residents in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state. We treat a wide range of hearing related disorders, which include hearing evaluation for adults and children, evaluation for hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, follow-up services for individuals with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants, and evaluation of auditory processing disorders. 

The Speech and Hearing Clinic also provides comprehensive assessment for children exhibiting characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). Auditory processing refers to how the brain recognizes and interprets auditory information. APD is an auditory deficit that affects the interpretation of auditory information.  Signs/symptoms of APD may include difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following directions, and discriminating (or telling the difference between) similar-sounding speech sounds. There are many disorders with similar characteristics so it is important to understand that APD is and auditory deficit that occurs in the absence of hearing loss or any other language, cognitive, or related disorder (e.g., autism). Because auditory maturation and language skills are still developing, children younger than 8 years of age are not appropriate candidates for APD assessment.

 

Speech and Language Services for Individuals with a hearing loss:

The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing clinic offers specialized services for individuals with hearing loss.  We address deficits in articulation, language, and/or auditory skills that often accompany childhood hearing loss.  Goal of therapy when working with hearing impaired children is to enhance their communication to match that of their normal hearing peers. 

Preschool Adventures in Language and Speech (PALS)

PALS is a family-focused, language enrichment group for 3- to 5-year-olds that enhances the development of language and speech skills  in preschool children, while targeting skills needed for success in  school. Just a few of the skills addressed include: emergent literacy, oral language, following instructions, and friendship skills, as well as beginning academic concepts. 

PALS meets at the University of Arkansas Speech & Hearing Clinic Wednesday mornings from 8:30-11:30.  Session 1 dates are Sept. 3, 2014, through Dec. 10, 2014. Session 2 dates are Jan. 21, 2015, through April 22, 2015. 

For more information or to register, please contact Nicole Guenther at 479-575-4917 or by email at nguenthe@uark.edu.

 

Accent Modification

 

The Speech and Hearing Clinic is pleased to offer speech-language services focusing on accent modification/reduction. All speakers exhibit some type of accent. It is important to understand ASHA’s position statement that "no dialectal variety of English is a disorder or a pathological form of speech or language." However, many speakers with strong regional or foreign accents seek services to reduce his/her accent in order to improve overall communication. We tailor services to meet the unique needs of many professionals including business executives, university professors, graduate teaching assistants, medical personnel, or others who wish to improve oral English pronunciation. We offer an evening clinic once a week for your convenience. More information about accent modification can be found at  http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Accent-Modification/.  Contact the Clinic at 479-575-4509 or by email if preferred at cdis@uark.edu.

 

Fluency

Fluency disorders are characterized by a high frequency or duration of interruptions in the flow of speech, such as word/sound repetitions, prolongations or stopping of airflow. Fluency disorders are commonly grouped into one term, stuttering; however, there are other fluency disorders including cluttering and acquired disorders, neurogenic stuttering and psychogenic stuttering. The Speech and Hearing Clinic is proud to have a speech-language pathologist who specializes in fluency disorders in children and adults. For more information, see http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/stuttering/

Contact the Clinic at 479-575-4509 or by email if preferred at cdis@uark.edu.

 

Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC services are designed to meet the communication and participation needs of children and adults with complex communication impairments. The Speech and Hearing Clinic offers Augmentative Communication Device (ACD) assessment (including both speech generating devices and non-speech generating options) utilizing a team approach through collaboration between patients/families and speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and educators. We also offer consultative services including informal assessment of individual capabilities, evaluation of and recommendations for classroom interventions, assistance in developing and implementing AAC strategies, and in-service training for staff, families and professionals. Contact Marilyn McGehee at 479-575-4509 for more information. 

Voice and Swallowing

The Voice of the Ozarks is a multidisciplinary team specializing in the evaluation and treatment of voice and swallowing problems. Appointments may be scheduled at the Speech and Hearing Clinic in Fayetteville or at the ENT of the Ozarks in Springdale. Additional information can be found at http://entozarks.com/VoiceOfTheOzarks.htm.  Medicare patients are accepted.

 

In addition to the services described above, the Speech and Hearing Clinic offers evaluation and treatment of communication disorders for children and adults in the broad areas of:

Articulation: Inability to produce clearly the sounds of speech making it difficult for the listener to understand the speaker

Language: Difficulty in the ability to understand or express ideas in one's communication system to include sounds, words, meanings, grammar and social use. 


The following link provides a description of communication skill development: http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/. Early detection and intervention to address delays in speech-language development is crucial so problems do not persist or worsen, potentially affecting later developing skills such as reading, writing, academics or the ability to negotiate friendships.

Literacy

Language and literacy are connected. The skills that a child develops in spoken language are transferred to written language. If you have concerns about your child’s literacy development, a speech-language pathologist is trained to provide assessment and intervention services to address these needs. More information can be found at http://www.asha.org/public/speech/emergent-literacy/.

Speech and/or language skills may also be affected by stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), dementia, Parkinson’s disease, ALS or other disease processes. The Speech and Hearing Clinic offers services to individuals who suffer speech and/or language impairments acquired later in life. The following are links to helpful resources: 

American Stroke Association - http://www.strokeassociation.org/

The National Aphasia Association - http://www.aphasia.org/

Alzheimer's Association - http://www.alz.org/

The ALS Association – http://www.alsa.org/

 

The University Speech and Hearing Clinic currently operates on an academic semester calendar with limited appointments between semesters. Hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The University Speech and Hearing Clinic is located in the Epley Center for Health Professions at 606 N. Razorback Road in Fayetteville.

Patient parking is available at no charge in the lot adjacent to the north side of the building. 

For an appointment, call 479-575-4509.

American Speech Language Hearing Association Code of Ethics: Principles of Ethics I, Rules of Ethics C. Individuals shall not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or the conduct of research and scholarly activities on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, gender identity/gender expression, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

The Master’s Program in Speech-Language Pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation
in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).


American Speech Language Hearing Association Code of Ethics: Principles of Ethics I, Rules of Ethics C. Individuals shall not discriminate in the delivery of professional services or the conduct of research and scholarly activities on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.


ADDITIONAL LINKS OF INTEREST

National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association