About the Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic
Effective communication is a vital component to a fulfilling life. The Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech, language, and hearing services for individuals of all ages with a variety of communication disorders. Services at the clinic, are provided by graduate students working towards their master’s degree in speech-language pathology under the direct supervision of licensed speech-language pathologists who are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the District of Columbia Licensure Board.
Our clinical facility houses modern diagnostic/treatment rooms. The Clinic, which has been serving the communication needs of the community for more than forty years, is part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
HUSHC Mission Statement
The mission of the (HUSHC) is to provide comprehensive and exemplary training to graduate and undergraduate students who have proven high academic potential. These students will be trained in the prevention, identification, and treatment of various communication disorders. Remaining consistent with the values of the University, the School of Communications, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), the HUSHC positions itself to advocate for and empower individuals with communication disorders through a variety of services from a multicultural perspective.
The HUSHC strives to:
Promote high quality academic and clinical preparation of students entering the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders, and to promote an increase of current knowledge and skills of those within the discipline,
Foster excellence in clinical service and procedures concerning communication disorders,
Participate in inter- and intraprofessional relationships that promote the increase of skills, planning, production, and dissemination of new clinical knowledge,
Advocate for the rights and interests of persons with communication disorders within our community and beyond, and
Promote the individual and collective professional interests of HUSHC faculty and students in the areas of excellence, leadership, service, and truth.
The Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic conducts speech, language and hearing screenings throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area at health fairs, day care centers, schools, specialty centers, senior centers, and other community
organizations upon request. Our specialists are also available to come to your facilities to provide in-service training and workshops. In addition, we provide informative sessions about preventative measures, communication disorders and treatment, communication disorders and their functional impact, as well as careers in Speech-Language Pathology.
Our outreach initiatives extend beyond our community, as we provide our services in communities globally. If you are interested in our community outreach programs, please contact us at HUSLHC@howard.edu.
HUSHC Clinic Descriptions
Diagnostic and therapeutic services are available for individuals across the lifespan in the following clinics:
1. Educational Speech Services (ESS) | D. Maria Rice, Ed.D., CCC-SLP
The mission of Educational Speech Services is to provide an extension of school-based services to enhance therapeutic outcomes at home and school. Does your student need support expressing their ideas, recalling information, or do they appear confused in class? Is their speech difficult to understand or disfluent? Schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation or sign up for in-person or online therapy sessions after school.
2. Treasured Memories | Lauren Sweet, MS, CCC-SLP
Treasured Memories - these are the things that tethers us to our past. Certain sights, sounds, tastes, and smells immediately transport us back to notable points in our lives. Imagine if some of those precious memories became less vivid or even disappeared. This clinic focuses on targeting adults with cognitive deficits from neurological changes due to stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, or dementia, and acquired swallowing deficits. Our clinic strives to support its clients and their families through education, routine activities, and adapted strategies. We provide evaluation and treatment services to improve quality of life, and to promote functional independence and safety in daily living for our clients.
3. The Center for Cognitive Skills (CCC Skills) | Alaina Davis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L, CBIST
The CCC Skills is a specialty clinic that focuses on the assessment and management of cognitive-communicative skills associated with concussions and moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. We primarily support the HU Athletics Concussion Management Protocol in the area of return-to-learn for student-athletes. The CCC Skills addresses return-to-learn, work, play, and social activity for all age groups and utilizes culturally responsive practices to meet the needs of clients.
4. Oasis Bilingual Center | Miguelina Zapata Ph.D., CCC-SLP
The Oasis Bilingual Center provides bilingual (Spanish/English) support in diagnostic evaluation and treatment. We provide bilingual evaluations treatment for children, teenagers, and adults with various disabilities. We collaborate with parents, children, and advocates to provide the most comprehensive and up to date evidence-based practice techniques.
5. ATAP Communications and Advocacy Center | Janice Brown-Parker, MS, CCC-SLP
All Things Are Possible (ATAP) Communication and Advocacy Center provides diagnostic evaluations and intervention services for children, adolescents, and adults while actively promoting the prevention of communication disorders and the identification of students at risk for later problems. Clinicians assess communication skills, evaluate results of comprehensive plans, and document outcomes of intervention services. We collaborate with parents, teachers and other professionals, advocate for teaching practices, and educate parents relative to speech, language, and hearing difficulties in children and adolescents while addressing the role of parents in all aspects of the clinical process to increase parental involvement.
6. The Language and Literacy Clinic| Valencia Perry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
The Language and Literacy Clinic provides clinical services to individuals of all ages with a focus on sociolinguistics, speech and language development, and literacy disorders affecting people from diverse backgrounds. Services are offered in Spanish or English, in-person and via teletherapy. This clinic has a specialty early language and literacy clinic for young children with speech-language issues as well as a linguistic advancement specialty clinic for adolescents. Other special areas include a focus on adults to address cognitive-linguistic skills and the development of literate-language skills. Clinical-research projects conducted through this clinic are affiliated with the Sociolinguistics of Language-Learning-Literacy Lab (SOL) that is a partnership between speech-language pathology researchers in the University of Oregon and Howard University.
7. Restorative or Act to Do Intervention to Compensate Option Clinic (RADIO)| Courtney Lipscomb, MS, CCC-SLP
She oversees these services through the Howard University Speech and Hearing Clinic. “It is encouraging to learn of this clinic's unwavering commitment to provide evidence-based practice services in assisting patients experiencing communication difficulties. It is imperative that individuals receive the support and resources necessary to fully participate in meaningful communication activities on a daily basis.” This clinic offers education and training on the utilization of evidence-based practice and strategies as well as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices to enhance their communication abilities. “I am confident, that through such measures, clients will be able to achieve their speech and language objectives.”
Required Clinic Materials:
Graduate clinicians will receive information about the purchase of uniform scrubs, white coats, and software during orientation. Please be prepared to acquire the minimum list below:
- HUSHC scrubs
- HUSHC white coat
- Updated Computers
- CPR Training
- Background Checks
- Clinic Materials
- Transportation Methods and Costs
This list is not all inclusive.
Speech-Language Pathology Services
- Accent Modification
- Acquired Language Disorders
- Articulation Disorders
- Auditory Processing Disorders
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Community Education Program
- Developmental Delays
- Early Intervention Services
- Fluency Disorders
- Hearing Screenings
- Language-Learning Disabilities
- Neurologically Based Speech and Language Disorders
- Oral Motor Disorders
- Phonological Disorders
- Pragmatic Language
- Phonemic Awareness
- Traumatic Brain Injury