The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic offers diagnostic and treatment services to children and adults for a variety of communication disorders. All clinical services are supervised by professional speech-language pathologists and audiologists who hold certification by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
Speech-language pathology services include:
- Comprehensive evaluations of communication including speech, language and literacy
- Language therapy: spoken and written language
- Articulation therapy
- Voice therapy
- Treatment of stuttering
- Treatment of myofunctional disorders, swallowing and related functions
- Treatment of cognitive-communication disorders
- Consultation regarding Augmentative/Alternate Communication
In addition communication enhancement services are offered to:
- Improve English-language proficiency
- Modify accent
Audiology services include:
- Audiological evaluations and screenings
- Hearing aid evaluations, including fitting and dispensing
- Central auditory processing evaluations
- Aural rehabilitation services
Some specialty clinics include:
- "Speaking of Toddlers" is a language stimulation group for preschoolers. Through developmentally appropriate play, sensory-based activities, and snack/craft/story time, children develop vocabulary and social communication skills. Language facilitation strategies, peer to peer interactions in small group settings, and parent training are used to achieve each child's individual language/communication goals.
- Aphasia Program. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language. Individual treatment, designed to assist in the recovery of speech, language, reading, writing and functional communication, is provided at the clinic. Group therapy is employed to support individual treatment, and to provide opportunities for social participation. The program also includes a group for caregivers of people with aphasia.
Some community-based projects include:
- Language stimulation groups at the Saltzman Community Services Center's Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute (CCI). Through this program infants, toddlers and preschoolers enrolled at CCI participate in communication and literacy enrichment activities that include story telling, music, crafts and creative play. The goals of the program are to increase social communication skills, promote academic readiness and reduce risks for language-learning difficulties.
- Language-literacy support program at an area elementary school. This project provides language-literacy support for kindergarteners at a local elementary school who are at high risk for developing language-literacy disorders. The instructional method uses an explicit, sequential approach to promote letter identification and phonological awareness. A response-to-intervention (RTI) approach is utilized to identify those individuals who may require further evaluation of language-literacy abilities.
The Speech-Language Hearing Clinic participates in equitable treatment practices in accordance with the ASHA Code of Ethics and the Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology.
For more information contact:
Wendy C. Silverman, M.S.C.C.C./S.L.P.
Director of Speech-Language Hearing Clinic
Michael Kulesa graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 with a B.A. in Speech-Langauge-Hearing Sciences. He is currently enrolled in Hofstra's Speech Language Pathology graduate program as a first-year student. As an undergraduate, Michael was an active member of the Hofstra Filmmakers' Club and wrote, directed, and acted in several student films. He hopes to incorporate his passion for film-making into his future profession as a Speech Pathologist by spreading awareness of the challenges that those with communication impairments face on a daily basis.