Lindsey Jorgensen, Au.D., Ph.D., chair and clinic director in the communication sciences and disorders department, said the newly remodeled clinic features state-of-the-art equipment and more space that allows for better patient care and clinical education.

“By creating this setting that best provides both of these things, we can ensure that we are giving patients the most up-to-date and high-quality care, while also training the future generation of our professions,” Jorgensen said. “The new clinic provides students the independence they need, while still under the guidance of our expert faculty, to develop into quality clinicians.”

The Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic is open to people of all ages experiencing speech, language, hearing, balance, and other disorders of communication. The Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic is staffed by professors, clinical instructors, and students focused on creating successful treatment plans for their clients.

“The newly remodeled space is a huge enhancement to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,” said Jessica Messersmith, Ph.D., associate dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and professor in the department. “This new space provides for state-of-the art clinical training and better reflects the outstanding education that the students receive, and the high-quality care provided to those who receive services through the clinic.”

USD has provided speech, language, and hearing services in Vermillion and surrounding areas since the early 1950s. In 1974, the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) earned national accreditation from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, making it the seventh oldest accredited SLP program in the nation. Both the SLP and Audiology programs have continuously been accredited for decades.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides high-quality didactic and clinical education to undergraduate students in communication sciences and disorders, master’s students in speech-language pathology, and doctoral students in audiology. In addition to the clinic in Vermillion, the department has a clinic in Sioux Falls.

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