CSD Outreach: Clinics and Programs
Penn State Speech and Hearing Clinic
The Penn State Speech and Hearing Clinic is housed within the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. The Clinic sponsors several programs designed to give students clinical experience with a variety of age groups and a variety of communication disorders. Supervision is provided by CSD faculty holding Certificates of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The Clinic contains individual and group therapy rooms (several equipped with one-way mirrors and sound systems), audiological suites, and both adult and child therapy rooms.
Child Therapy Program (CTP)
The Child Therapy Program (CTP) provides services to preschool and school-age children who have delays or disorders in language, fluency, voice, articulation, and phonology, including those with severe speech impairments requiring augmentative and alternative communication.
Adult Therapy Program (ATP)
The Adult Therapy Program (ATP) provides services to adults (18 years or older) with a variety of speech and language disorders. The adults in this program are from the local geographic area.
Residential Adult Therapy Program (RATP)
The Residential Adult Therapy Program (RATP) also provides services to adults with a variety of speech and language disorders. The RATP is unique because it is residential in nature. Most of the clients who attend this program live on the University Park Campus and attend intensive individual and group speech language therapy.
University Therapy Program (UTP)
The University Therapy Program (UTP) provides speech-language services to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at Penn State.
Audiology Clinic (AC)
The Audiology Clinic (AC) provides a complete range of audiological assessment and habilitation/rehabilitation services, including adult and pediatric audiological evaluations, otoacoustic emissions, digital hearing aid assessment and dispensing, and central auditory processing evaluations and research. Patients range in age from infants to geriatrics. Also, the AC sponsors an Otologic Clinic staffed by consulting otologists who provide diagnostic services for individuals with hearing and/or speech handicaps. Further, the AC provides adult aural rehabilitation therapy and pediatric aural rehabilitation support groups.
In addition to these on-site clinical programs, the coordinators of the Speech/Language Clinic and the externship coordinator also arrange practicum experiences in conjunction with other University programs in Special Education and Human Development, surrounding school districts (including State College), and other nearby facilities. Also, students participate in two off-campus placements. The first placement (referred to as mini-placement) is typically completed during the summer semester for a minimum of six weeks, full-time. The second placement is a full-time externship experience and is completed during the last semester of study. Externship sites are selected by the student and approved by the externship coordinator and in some cases, graduate faculty.