University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic
The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic is a university-affiliated practice that has been offering comprehensive speech, language and audiology services for individuals and families in the greater northwest Arkansas area since 1960. The clinic serves as a clinical training and research laboratory for undergraduate and graduate students and is designated as a RiteCare clinic. The clinic has faculty with a wide range of experience who provide intervention to individuals with communication disorders while also teaching and supervising graduate and undergraduate students.
Speech and Hearing Clinic
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday
Appointments and information
Who can receive services at the clinic?
- Open to the public, faculty, staff and students
- Services available for all ages
Patient parking is available at no charge in the lot north of the building.
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Services
The University of Arkansas Speech and Hearing Clinic offers hearing health care services to residents of 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 follow-up services for individuals with hearing aids.
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. These services require family participation and interaction throughout the evaluation and intervention process.
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. More information about accent modification can be found at http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/Accent-Modification/.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services to adults with difficulties swallowing. Diagnostic services are performed in the clinic through the use of fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES).
McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program
In addition to traditional treatment methods, our clinic also offers the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program. MDTP is a systematic exercise-based approach to swallowing therapy in adults with dysphagia. MDTP uses swallowing as an exercise to progressively strengthen and coordinate the swallowing musculature. This program utilizes a structured hierarchical framework and high frequency of repetitions to provide individualized and intensive therapy to adult patients with swallowing difficulties.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services to adults with conditions affecting vocal quality, vocal loudness and pitch.
SPEAK OUT! and The LOUD Crowd
SPEAK OUT! is a highly effective speech therapy program recommended for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and Parkinson-plus syndromes. SPEAK OUT! emphasizes speaking with intent to strengthen the muscles used for speaking, and to convert speech from an automatic function to an intentional act.
SPEAK OUT! is the first of a two-part therapy approach. The program consists of 12 individual speech therapy sessions (2-3 sessions per week for 4 weeks). Once participants complete SPEAK OUT!, they transition to the second part of the program called The LOUD Crowd.
Due to the progressive nature of Parkinson’s, continued follow-up and maintenance is necessary. The LOUD Crowd is a FREE group maintenance program, designed to help graduates of SPEAK OUT! maintain the strength of their voices. The LOUD Crowd provides ongoing vocal practice, accountability, and encouragement in a supportive group atmosphere. Get ready to have some fun with The LOUD Crowd!
Please visit the following websites for additional information about SPEAK OUT!, The LOUD Crowd and Parkinson’s disease:
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD) is a speech therapy program designed to improve functional vocal loudness and communication skills in individuals with Parkinson’s disease. This intense and structured program involves 4 clinic sessions per week for 4 weeks (a total of 16 sessions in 1 month). The treatment also includes daily training sessions at home with a family member or friend to assist. LSVT LOUD emphasizes "Think Loud" to increase vocal effort and more intelligible communication.
Please visit the following websites for additional information on Parkinson’s disease:
PhoRTE (Phonation Resistance Training Exercise) an effective behavioral treatment for the aging voice (also referred to as presbyphonia). This intervention is for older adults who are suffering from changes to the voice caused by deconditioning and aging. PhoRTE uses high vocal intensity exercise to overload the muscles of the vocal mechanism to improve vocal power and endurance. PhoRTE progressively increases vocal intensity targets by applying exercise training principles to voice therapy.
We offer evaluation and treatment services for pediatric articulation, language, and social-communication needs.
Speech sound therapy, otherwise known as articulation therapy, focuses on the proper pronunciation and correct placement of oral structures used to produce speech.
Language therapy often focuses on verbal expression, listening comprehension, vocabulary, literacy skills, and strategies to use language in more successful social interactions.
In addition to the services described above, the Speech and Hearing Clinic offers evaluation and treatment of communication disorders for children and adults.
Inability to produce clearly the sounds of speech making it difficult for the listener to understand the speaker
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.
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:
Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a symptom that accompanies a multitude of medical conditions, including neurological conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s disease. Difficulties can range from coughing while drinking, choking at meal times, unintentional weight loss, increased risk of respiratory infection, difficulty maintaining adequate hydration, and total inability to produce a swallow.
Please visit the following websites for additional information on feeding and swallowing disorders:
A voice disorder may be diagnosed when voice quality, pitch and loudness differ or are inappropriate for an individual's age, gender, cultural background, or geographic location.
Please visit the following websites for additional information on voice disorders:
Language and literacy are connected. The skills that a child develops in spoken language are interconnected with written language. If you have concerns about your child's reading or writing abilities, 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/ or at http://www.tsrhc.org/dyslexia
Accepted Methods of Payment
- Self-pay/Out-of-pocket — Cash, check, or credit is accepted at the clinic.
- Medicaid — A referral from the client's primary care provider is required.
- Medicare — A referral from the client's primary care provider is required.
- Private insurance — Several insurance plans including
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United Health Care
- Note: A referral from the client's primary care provider may be required. Please contact the clinic directly to determine what preliminary paperwork is required.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic uses an electronic system to:
- provide timely appointment scheduling
- enable patients quick access to records
- enhance privacy and security of patient information
The Speech and Hearing Clinic Foundation Welcomes Donations
The clinic staff, students and university faculty are committed to providing you with excellent service. We appreciate your loyalty and confidence in our services and look forward to meeting your communication evaluation and intervention needs.