Clinical Services

Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic (RFP Clinic)

156 Chester Park
31 West College Street
Duluth, MN  55812
218-726-8199

Join us for telepractice services in Fall 2020!  

We are pleased to offer you telepractice services for Fall 2020!

Telepractice is simply a different method of delivering quality speech-language services to our community members.  As a client, you would need a computer and internet service to participate in live online therapy sessions with our interns and speech-language pathologists. And services are offered at no cost to you!

Scheduling begins in August and services begin the week of September 21, 2020. If you are interested, please call us and leave a message at the clinic: 218-726-8199.  

Clinic Schedule for Academic Year 2020-2021

The RFP Clinic follows the UMD academic calendar. The following schedule is subject to change based on university schedule and policy changes.

It can be helpful to check the University of Minnesota Safe Campus page for updates. https://safe-campus.umn.edu/public-health-alerts

Fall 2020 (Telepractice Services only) Spring 2021 (Tentative)

First day of fall clinic: Monday, September 21, 2020

Last day of fall clinic: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Breaks (clinic is closed):

  • Thanksgiving break: Thursday-Friday, November 26-27, 2020

First day of spring clinic: Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Last day of fall clinic: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Breaks (clinic is closed):

  • Spring break: Monday-Friday, March 8-12, 2021

No-cost, accessible care.

The Robert F. Pierce (RFP) Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic at the University of Minnesota Duluth is a professional, non-profit clinic for people with communication disorders and differences.  The clinic serves 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. 

Services are free of charge for persons of all ages.  The RFP Clinic Welcomes gifts to support its mission.

Community members benefit.  

Individuals of all ages 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.

Clinic services available: 

The clinic offers a full range of speech-language pathology services, including evaluations, individual treatment, and group therapy. Therapy services are designed to meet the individual needs of the client.

  • Communication Evaluations: Clients participate in an interview and an evaluation of their communication. The therapy team provides recommendations and resources at the end of the evaluation.
  • Individual Therapy Services: Clients participate in regularly scheduled therapy sessions to work on communication goals in a variety of areas to include voice, fluency, articulation, language, cognition, social communication, and augmentative/alternative communication.
  • Group Services:   Based on community interests, the clinic offers a variety of groups.   Examples of groups the clinic has offered: speech/language groups for children, “Socialize!” for people with aphasia, Social Competency group for adults, eye gaze communication group for people who use AAC, transgender/transsexual voice group for adults who wish to make changes in their voice and speech.
  • Voice Banking: The ALS Voice Banking program operates from the RFP Clinic.

About 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 sound 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.

About communication differences:

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.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Minnesota Duluth prohibits discrimination in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited.