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Speech & Hearing Center - Vermillion

The USD Scottish Rite Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is a clinical education center for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in speech-language pathology and audiology and is located in Noteboom Hall on USD's campus.

The center serves as a clinical service center for children and adults in need of diagnostic, therapeutic and counseling services for a wide variety of communication disorders. This facility contains clinical observation rooms, audiometric facilities, classrooms, offices, lounges, and study space for students.  Email us at for more information.

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USD Scottish Rite Children's Clinic - Sioux Falls

The Sioux Falls USD Scottish Rite Children's Clinic is located in the Masonic Temple at:

  520 South 1st Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6902
Fax: 605-330-9820 

Who is Eligible?

The clinic serves all children in the Sioux Falls area from birth to age 21 who have speech and language disorders. Children will be considered for services without regard to family income or geographic boundaries.

About the Staff

Graduate students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at the University of South Dakota provide services under the supervision of the clinic coordinator, who is a member of the USD faculty and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Through training and experience, the staff knows and understands the unique needs of children and families when communication skills do not develop as expected.

Services Provided

At the center, complete speech and language evaluations are offered. Evaluation results determine the need for a short or long term treatment program, which may also be offered at the clinic. Treatment is provided through individual or group sessions which are 30-50 minutes in length. Frequency of sessions depends on individual need. The clinic can be the primary service provider for a child, or can offer supportive services in conjunction with other private or public agencies, such as schools. In addition to evaluation and treatment of children, parental counseling and training is emphasized. Services are provided for the following areas:

  • Speech articulation
  • Language (receptive and expressive)
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Voice
  • Oral motor/feeding 
  • Pure tone hearing screenings
  • Impedance screenings
The Referral Process

A phone call or letter for the parent is all that is needed to initiate the application process. Inquiries are encouraged from physicians, health professionals, therapists, friends and relatives to determine when a referral may be appropriate.

The Hanen Program

The clinic is certified to offer the Hanen Parent Program. These formal classes help parents learn how to promote their child's language development during everyday interactions, activities, and routines. The Hanen Parent Programs also serve as a support group for parents with language delayed children. As part of the Hanen Program, a free parent resource library is available at the clinic, where parents may check out books and video tapes related to their children's communication development.


A modest fee is charged for evaluation and treatment services. The clinic is a non-profit agency. No individuals will be denied services due to an inability to pay.

Other Resources

Also see our Web Resources Page for other helpful links.