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Clinical Services

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Robert F. Pierce Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

156 Chester Park
31 West College Street
Duluth, MN  55812

Clinic Program Dates Academic Year 2018-2019

The RFP Clinic follows the UMD academic calendar. 

Fall 2018Spring 2019
First day of fall clinic: Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Last day of fall clinic: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Breaks (clinic is closed):

  • University fall break: Thursday-Friday, October 25-26, 2018
  • Thanksgiving break: Thursday-Friday, November 22-23, 2018
First day of spring clinic: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Last day of spring clinic: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Breaks (clinic is closed):

  • CSD Department event (tentative, subject to change) Friday, February 8, 2019
  • University spring break: Monday-Friday, March 11-15, 2019

All clinic programs are offered free of charge!  

All clinical programs are offered at no cost in order to serve the community and to provide clinical education to student in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

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.

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 (  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.
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.

Program Fees

Clinic services currently are offered free of charge.

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.

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."