Specialty Clinics and Programs

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; http://www.asha.org/public/speech/development/accent-modification/
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 Autism
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 monthly 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 Implant
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
Tinnitus is the perception of a sound in the ears or head that is unrelated to any actual physical sound.  Hyperacusis is an abnormal sensitivity to the loudness of sound.  Although there is no cure for either of these conditions, there are effective treatments to help lessen and manage the effects.  The audiologists at our clinic have been specializing in the management of tinnitus and hyperacusis for 20 years.  Our hearing research center has been conducting research in these disorders for even longer.  We have found that a combination of sound therapy and counseling is very effective in helping the majority of patients.  Sound therapy means using other sound to make the tinnitus less perceptible and to desensitize the auditory system.  Our counseling programs include educational/informational counseling, cognitive restructuring, attention control/imagery training, mindfulness and relaxation training. With each patient, we listen carefully to understand how the problem is affecting you, perform a thorough evaluation, explain our findings and offer management options   that are customized to your particular situation.   We continue to explore new possible treatments for these conditions and can sometimes offer participation in a clinical trial.

If you would like to schedule an evaluation call the clinic at (716) 829-3980.