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Speech Clinic

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The Harding University Speech Clinic is dedicated to providing quality care in the assessment and treatment of children and adults with speech and language disorders. The clinic functions as a vital part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders by providing opportunities for advanced clinical training and research.  Patients are offered a full range of services and benefit from being treated in a university setting, where professors are at the forefront of their field.

Our Mission

Our program excels in developing highly-skilled and professional graduates who are ready to impact their local and global communities by improving the lives of those they serve. Christian faculty and staff are invested in providing an unparalleled experience utilizing a comprehensive curriculum, contemporary technology, and state-of-the-art facilities to engage students in reaching their full potential, both educationally and spiritually. As a result, our students exemplify ethical leadership, critical thinking, and interprofessional collaboration to support top of the license practice.

Services Offered

Specific services include evaluation and management services for disorders related to speech, language, swallowing and voice. Services are provided by graduate and undergraduate students under the direct supervision of certified faculty members. All clinical faculty members are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the Arkansas Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Speech and Language Assessment

Diagnostic services are provided to people of all ages for

  • Articulation disorders
  • Language delay or disorders
  • Fluency disorders or stuttering
  • Voice disorders
  • Cognition
  • Feeding and swallowing

This includes but is not limited to individuals recovering from stroke and persons with challenges  related to certain diseases and syndromes. Assessment typically includes comprehensive testing, observation, interview with the client and/or family members, and consultation regarding clinical findings and recommendations.  Members of our faculty are able to supervise students in the provision of LSVT Loud, a treatment approach for addressing speech and swallowing disorders common with Parkinson disease and similar neurological conditions.

Speech and Language Treatment

Intervention programs vary depending on the nature and severity of the communicative disorder, the client’s age, and individual concerns. Therapy is provided for children and adults and may be scheduled for individual or group sessions (when available). Parents of children in therapy, as well as family members or caregivers of adult clients, receive information throughout the semester regarding the client’s progress and ways to facilitate communication skills outside the clinic. A consultation is scheduled during the final therapy session in each semester to provide recommendations to the clients, parents, and/or caregivers.

Treatment services are provided to people of all ages for

  • Articulation disorders
  • Language delay or disorders
  • Fluency disorders or stuttering
  • Voice disorders
  • Neurological damage or disease
  • Accent reduction training
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Cognition
  • Feeding and swallowing

Audiology Services

The Harding University Speech Clinic houses a sound-attenuated audiology suite. Hearing screenings are available to children and adults.

Calendar and Schedule

The Harding University Speech Clinic follows the Harding University academic semester schedule and calendar of events. Therapy and evaluation sessions are scheduled to conform to the academic semester schedule.  Clients are notified of the dates and times for appointments throughout the semester. Clinical sessions and diagnostic evaluations are taken upon an "as available" basis. They are offered to any child or adult and do not require a physician referral.

Hours of Operation

The Harding University Speech Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. during university semesters (fall, spring).  Appointments are scheduled Monday - Thursday.  

Fees

At this time, the Harding University Speech Clinic does not charge for clinical services. Our goal is to reach out to children and adults who do not qualify for other available services or who have a connection with Harding University. 

Location

The Harding University Speech Clinic is located on the first floor of the Swaid Center for Health Sciences at Harding University. The Swaid building is located at 805 E. Park Avenue on the Harding campus. The facility is fully accessible to those with disabilities, and "visitor" and "handicapped" parking is available in the lot in front of the building.

Privacy and Confidentiality

All staff receives annual training on the Harding University Speech Clinic's Privacy and Confidentiality policies, including the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Equal Treatment

The Harding University Speech Clinic is committed to the principles of equal opportunity and treatment for all regardless of age, sex, disability, race, cultural background, or nationality of origin.


Clinical Manual & Forms

Contact Information

For further information regarding the clinic, its policies, and services, or to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Clinic Director

Harding University
Speech Clinic
Box 10872Searcy, AR 72149-0872

501-279-4599 phone
501-279-5960  fax

husc@harding.edu