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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 2019-2020

The RFP Clinic follows the UMD academic calendar. 

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
First day of spring clinic: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Last day of spring clinic: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Breaks (clinic is closed):

  • CSD Department event: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • CSD Department event: Friday, February 7, 2020
  • University spring break: Monday-Friday, March 9-13, 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.