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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

Health and Safety Notice: 03/18/2020

In response to COVID-19 health and safety risks, RFP Clinic services are suspended for the remainder Spring Semester 2020.

All clinic appointments are cancelled through July 2020.  

We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the health and well-being of all students and our community.  We plan to resume services  for Fall Semester 2020.  

If you are interested in future RFP Clinic services, please call us at 218-726-8199.

Other Area Providers of Speech-Language Pathology Services

The following organizations offer speech-language pathology services.  There may be others in the community as well.

Area School Districts

Schools offer speech-language pathology services for children who qualify.  Contact your local school  for more information

Area Medical Facilities

Listed in alphabetical order:

Community Memorial Hospital
512 Skyline Blvd.
Cloquet, MN. 55720

Essentia Health - Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation Center
530 East Second Street
Duluth, MN. 55805

Mercy Hospital
4572 County Road 61
Moose Lake, MN  55767
218- 485-4481
Toll free: 888-322-4481

Minnesota Masonic Children’s Clinic
for Communication Disorders
24 West Second Street
Duluth, MN 55802

St. Lukes Health Care System
915 East First Street
Duluth, MN. 55805

Wallis Speech Services LLC

Clinic Program Dates Academic Year 2019-2020

The RFP Clinic follows the UMD academic calendar. The clinic will remain open as long as the university is open. If the university closes, the clinic will close as well.  It can be helpful to check the University of Minnesota Safe Campus page for updates.

Fall 2019Spring 2020
First day of fall clinic: Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Last day of fall clinic: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Breaks (clinic is closed):

  • University fall break: Thursday-Friday, October 24-25, 2019
  • Thanksgiving break: Thursday-Friday, November 28-29, 2019

COVID-19 Response Plan RFP Clinic is closed from 3/18/2020 through the rest of spring semester.

The clinic plans to re-open for Fall Semester 2020. 

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.

Who Benefits

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.

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: The clinic offers a variety of groups to meet various communications interests, to include “Socialize!” for people with aphasia, Social Competency group for adults, eye gaze communication group for people who use AAC, and articulation groups for children. New for Fall 2019: Transgender/Transsexual Voice Group!
  • 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 (  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.

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.