Speech and Hearing Center
The Speech and Hearing Center of St. John's University was established in 1976. It is a state-of-the-art facility for the diagnosis and treatment of speech, language and hearing disorders in children and adults. These disorders include voice problems, stuttering, motor speech disorders, articulation and phonological disorders, language disorders, and hearing and auditory processing problems in children and adults. Programs are also available for children who are developmentally disabled and adults who have had strokes or brain injury. Voice and diction training is available for those intent on improving communication competence. Social skills training groups, aural rehabilitation groups, and stroke (Aphasia) support groups are conducted on a weekly basis.
The Center's audiological facility provides complete, comprehensive audiological testing, including:
- Brain stem evoked response testing;
- Hearing aid evaluation;
- Aural rehabilitation with speech reading; and
- Auditory processing evaluations.
Other features include computers for speech-language training for children, assistive-listening devices, and a TTY (teletypewriter telephone) to enable people with severely impaired hearing or speech to communicate with the Center.
The Center's staff is comprised of licensed and certified clinicians who serve as clinical supervisors. All staff speech-language pathologists and audiologists are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and licensed by the New York State Department of Education, Division of Professional Licensing. These qualifications are identical to those required of private practitioners in the field.