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Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is a professional outpatient clinic that serves community members in need of speech-language-hearing services. The clinic also services as a teaching facility for students entering the field of speech-language pathology. Clients receive services from student interns under the supervision of faculty who are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health. We welcome your participation in our programs!
The clinic offers a full range of speech, language, and hearing services, including evaluations, individual treatment, and group therapy. Therapy services are designed to meet the individual needs of the client.
The Robert F. Pierce Clinic is not an enrolled Medicare provider and, by law, is not permitted to provide skilled services to Medicare beneficiaries at this time. Skilled services include evaluation and treatment of communication and swallowing. Everyone is welcome to participate in our Socialize! Communication Support group. Participation is limited only by space availability in the group. If you are a Medicare beneficiary and would like information about Medicare providers of skilled services in the area, please feel free to contact the clinic for information at 218-726-8199.
Who Can Benefit From Speech-Language-Hearing Services?
People with communication disorders or differences may benefit from our services. We work with children and adults who experience a variety of communication needs and concerns. These communication difficulties could be the result of a medical condition or could have no known cause.
Communication Delays and Disorders
Individuals of all ages who suspect a speech, language, or hearing problem would benefit from being evaluated by a speech-language pathologist or audiologist. Information on specific communication disorders is available through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Web site (asha.org). Communication delays and disorders include:
- Speech production Impairments: Speech is difficult to understand. For example, the person may mispronounce, leave out, or substitute other sounds in words. Perhaps the person cannot speak.
- Voice impairments: The person's voice is affected. For example, perhaps the person's voice is hoarse or gravelly or strained. Perhaps the person has concerns about volume or pitch.
- Fluency: The person may stutter or have other concerns about fluent speaking
- Language Comprehension or Expression: Language can be affected in many ways. For example, the person may struggle to follow directions or understand what other people say. The person may have difficulty finding words, or putting words into sentences. The person may have difficulty with language-based academic subjects such as reading or writing or typing.
- Hearing: The person may have concerns about his or her ability to hear.
Individuals who have typical communication but would like to make some changes in their speech and/or language skills might elect to use our services. These are not communication disorders. These are differences.
- Accent Modification: Sometimes a person wishes to modify his or her accent in order to improve communication in certain circumstances.
- Voice and Communication Therapy for Transgender and/or Transsexual Clients: Transgender and/or transsexual individuals may want to make changes in voice and communication to reflect their personalities. They can learn to make changes in a way that protects their voice from damage.
The clinic charges a nominal fee for most of its services. Some services are offered free of charge. For more information on Clinic Fees click on the link in the left sidebar.
Diagnostic speech and language evaluations are free! People with concerns about their speech or language may have a free evaluation. Evaluations typically are 90 to 120 minutes. As part of the evaluation, faculty and interns will discuss the results and provide suggestions for any follow-up or referral.
Socialize! Communication Support Group is free! The clinic offers communication support groups for adults with communication disorders secondary to stroke or brain injury. Group size is limited only by available space.
The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.
The Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is not a Medicare-enrolled provider and, by law, is not allowed to provide skilled services to Medicare beneficiaries.
What our Clients Say
"This program is outstanding. Our son has made great strides with his speech. He would not be where he is today without this program. Thank you!"
"We were very impressed with the attention that our son received in your program. Everyone has mentioned the progress that he made."
"I will definitely recommend this clinic to anyone I know who needs speech services."