The UB Clinic provides services for patients with a variety of speech, language, and hearing difficulties. Members of the clinic and academic faculty offer specialty clinics in their respective areas of expertise.
While the CDS department boasts specialty clinics, traditional areas of speech- language and hearing treatment are mastered and offered as a service such as therapy for: articulation, language development, cleft palate, speech/lip reading, and accent reduction.
Accent Reduction/Modification for ESL Speakers
The University at Buffalo Speech –Language and Hearing Clinic offers a program which focuses on accent reduction for English as a Second Language (ESL) Speakers. We offer an affordable program during the semester open to community members and UB international faculty and students.
Having an accent is a normal part of the language acquisition
process especially if you’ve learned a second language beyond
the first few years of life. For many individuals they find that
their “accent” may be an obstacle for professional and
educational growth and overall communication effectiveness. At the
UB Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic we offer individualized
programming for each participant depending upon their speech and
language needs. We strive to not ‘get rid’ of accent
but to improve overall speech intelligibility and
comprehensibility. Different from an ESL program, our program is
recommended for individuals who have good oral English proficiency
skills but still struggle with specific sounds or language use. Our
program begins with a mandatory comprehensive evaluation to assess
speech and language intelligibility and comprehensibility in
multiple contexts. In our sessions we focus on learning the
differences between a participant’s native language and
Standard American English (SAE) sounds. Session objectives may
focus on differences in stress patterns, intonation, phonological
rules, speech rate, articulation, auditory discrimination and
listening comprehension. Language may be addressed in areas such as
grammatical use, pragmatic use, and professional or functional
vocabulary. To learn more about Accent Modification and how a
Speech-Language Pathologist can help see;
For more information including pricing on this program contact the clinic office at 716-829-3980.
Adult Language Program-Neurological Basis
Aphasia is a communication disability caused by damage to the language centers of the brain, usually as the result of a stroke or head injury. It is not a loss of intelligence. Depending on where and to what extent the brain is injured, each person with aphasia has a unique set of language competencies and disabilities. While intelligence remains intact, abilities to speak, understand spoken language, read, or write may be reduced or eliminated.
Adult and Child Language Services-Language, Learning, or
Auditory Processing Basis
The University at Buffalo Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic has a unique therapy program for adults and children who have been diagnosed with an auditory processing or language learning problem.
People who have been diagnosed with a central auditory processing disorder often exhibit one or more of the following difficulties:
• Needing extra time to respond
• Trouble with reading comprehension
• Difficulty with writing
• Difficulty sounding out or writing new words
• Inconsistent ability to comprehend oral or written language
• Trouble coming up with words in conversation
• Trouble formulating sentences
• Poor short term memory
• Sensitivity to noise
• Difficulty comprehending in noise
• Easily distracted
• Trouble with organizational tasks
• Trouble in educational, work or social settings
To determine the nature of an individual’s difficulties an auditory processing evaluation and a speech-language evaluation may be necessary before determining a proper course of therapy.
You may call the clinic office to make those appointments at 716-829-3980.
Social Language Program for Children with Asperger's and
The University at Buffalo Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is pleased to announce the expansion of the Social Language Program for Children with Asperger’s and Autism. During the school year, the program offers two 50 minute sessions per week, including 25 minutes of group therapy and 25 minutes of individual therapy.
Therapy sessions focus on concept and vocabulary development, following directions, asking and answering questions, storytelling, listening comprehension, greetings, conversational skills, turn-taking, and social story writing to lessen idiosyncratic behaviors.
For more information on this program contact the clinic office at 716-829-3980.
Fluency Programs for Children and Adults
The University offers programs for both children and adults who stutter. The fluency program addresses education about stuttering, encourages communication challenges, addresses emotional, social and cognitive aspects of stuttering, incorporates fluency enhancing and modification strategies, and encourages individuals to break-down communication fears to be a more confident and effective communicator. Our adult programming offers a weekly self-help support group where we explore topics in stuttering and resources all in a non-judgmental environment that supports communicating in a group environment.
Adult Stuttering Support Group
The University offers a free montly support group that is open to our clients and anyone in the community. Currently, we meet every third Wednesday of each month during the semester in the UB Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic, 52 Biomedical Education Building on the South Campus.
For more information and to register for the group call the clinic office at 716-829-3980.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC): Evaluation and Therapy
The University offers services ranging from evaluations, therapy, and family/caregiver training for individuals with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) who are in need of an AAC system. Medical justification reports for insurance to purchase a Speech Generating Devices (SGD's) will be completed on a case by case basis. Above services are provided upon availability throughout the year.
Voice Banking and AAC:
The University offers a voice banking program through the Model Talker program which is apart of the Nemours Speech Research Laboratory located at the Alfred duPont Hospital for Children (https://www.modeltalker.org/). This program is designed to create synthesized (computer) voice that is personalized the to the client. The goal of the Voice Banking program is to both complete the voice banking process and to support the client's communication needs throughout the course of one's illness.
For more information and to register for the group call the clinic office at 716-829-3980.
Toddler/Pre-School Speech-Language Therapy
The University offers services for pre-school children with speech or language needs. Individual and group services are provided upon availability throughout the year. Pre-school services are often a good clinical alternative for young children who do not qualify for services through the county or the school district, but still present with communication delays.
Alaryngeal Speech Clinic
The UB Alaryngeal Speech Clinic was established 30 years ago. It provides assessment and treatment for laryngectomees - individuals who have undergone surgical removal of the larynx due to cancer, or in some cases, severe injury.
The Alaryngeal Speech Clinic provides both individual and group therapy for those patients desiring to developing functional communication skills through the use of an artificial larynx, esophageal speech or speech production status post tracheoesophageal puncture.Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Program (LSVT)
Aural Rehabilitation/Speech-Language Therapy after a Cochlear
The University offers a program to both children and adults who have had a cochlear implant due to significant hearing loss or deafness. The program focuses on improving the person’s ability to interpret the auditory information that they are receiving through the implant. Auditory training of individual speech sounds, word discrimination and identification as well as conversational skills are developed through an individualized therapy program. The client’s personal interests and goals are incorporated into sessions. Speech therapy, telephone training and music recognition are areas that may be developed. Self-advocacy skills are discussed and applied in practical situations.
Sessions are conducted in an individual or group setting depending on client needs.
Tinnitus/Hyperacusis Management Program
Although no cure has been found for tinnitus, there are effective treatments. Some of the treatments that have been found to be effective for tinnitus and hyperacusis include Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT), desensitization training, educational/informational counseling, cognitive restructuring, attention control/imagery training, and relaxation training. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) was introduced in the early 1990’s by Dr. Pawel Jastreboff and his associates at the University of Maryland and in London. Although not a cure, TRT has been shown very effective in treating tinnitus for a large number of patients. At the UB clinic, we employ the principles of TRT, along with a number of other treatment approaches to formulate a tinnitus/hyperacusis management strategy to meet the needs of each patient.
If you would like to schedule an evaluation call the clinic at (716) 829-3980.