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Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic

The Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic is located on the TCU campus. The clinic offers superior clinical services to individuals with speech, language, hearing, or swallowing problems and serves the local Fort Worth community, the larger DFW metroplex, and the surrounding areas. The clinic’s goal is to provide expert intervention and rehabilitation services to individuals of all ages.

Faculty strive to achieve this goal through the outstanding clinical education of graduate and undergraduate students majoring in speech-language pathology or habilitation of the deaf and hard of hearing.

The Miller Clinic employs clinicians and teacher-scholars who represent some of the most respected clinical minds at the regional and at national levels. Referrals to the clinic may be made by physicians, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, psychologists, educators, other health professionals, or by self-referral.

 

The Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides a variety of evaluation and therapy services for clients with communication disorders from infancy through adulthood. Services are offered in English and Spanish and include:

  • Speech/language evaluation and therapy
  • Individual or group therapy settings
  • Audiological evaluations
  • Hearing aid evaluation
  • Aural habilitation
  • Speech and hearing screening programs
  • Information and referral

Fees
Fees are charged based on services received. Please contact the Miller Clinic at 817-257-7620 for additional information.

Evaluations
Individuals are assessed using standardized tests, observations, case history and information from other professionals. Diagnostics typically occur Fridays and are scheduled for two to four hours. A written report is provided after the completion of the diagnostic.

Therapy
Speech, language, swallowing and aural rehabilitation therapy is provided for individuals of all ages. Therapy is typically provided one-on-one, although children may benefit from the Early Childhood Speech & Language Classrooms. Individual sessions vary in length but many clients receive therapy two times per week for 30 minutes each session. Fees vary depending on length of time.

 

Location

3305 West Cantey
Fort Worth, Texas  76129

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Contact

Sheila Speak
Administrative Assistant
817-257-762
s.m.speak@tcu.edu

 

The Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic offers services to those with hearing impairments including basic audiological evaluations. Additional specialty clinics are led by expert faculty and include clinics with an emphasis in aural rehabilitation, stuttering, aphasia and cognitive impairments, voice disorders, swallowing disorders and school-age language and learning impairments. Early Childhood Speech & Language Classrooms provide evaluation and treatment services to children between the ages of three and five who have development language and speech impairments. Click below to learn more about our specialty clinical services.

 

The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a variety of diagnostic audiological services for clients ranging in age from infancy through adulthood. Services include:

  • Hearing screening
  • Audiological evaluations
  • Immitance and otoacoustic emission testing
  • Speech audiometry
  • Evaluation of auditory processing

Expert faculty train students who provide assessment and treatment services to adults with speech, language and/or cognitive impairments related to:

  • Speech and language delays
  • Attention or memory difficulties, such as those associated with dementia or brain trauma
  • Hearing Loss
  • Aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, and/or right hemisphere dysfunction caused by a stroke
  • Stuttering
  • Accent modification

New patients are assigned to a faculty member with the appropriate expertise. Generally, clients receive a detailed assessment and are seen for therapy individually. Assessment and treatment services are provided by students enrolled in the master’s program in speech-language pathology with the Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at TCU. Students are closely supervised by experienced faculty and fluent in both English and Spanish.

Students and faculty are specially trained to assess and treat Spanish-speaking and bilingual adults and children with speech, language and cognitive difficulties. Areas of training include the following:

  • Unique ways speech, language and cognitive deficits are seen in Spanish speakers and bilingual speakers
  • Assessment and treatment for speech, language and cognitive disorders in Spanish speakers and bilingual patients

Graduate students at the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic also provide services to individuals who would like to change their regional or foreign accent. The Davies School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association do not view an accent as a speech or language disorder but, with the voluntary consent of the individual, speech-language pathologists are able to use their expertise in sound and voice production to modify articulation and language intonation to change an accent.

One goal of the clinic is to conduct research to better understand speech, language, and cognitive disorders in Spanish speakers and bilinguals, and how to best assess and treat them. Clients of the clinic will be offered the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects. Participation in research is optional.

The Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic is the site of a unique training program for working with preschool children with a variety of communication disorders. Our Early Childhood Speech & Language Classrooms serve the needs of families in the community with children who require more intense speech and language therapy than is provided in an individual setting. The Early Childhood Speech & Language Classrooms have a long history of successfully training students in group speech and language therapy with young children and in meeting the communication needs for many families.

The Early Childhood Speech and Language Classrooms are taught by undergraduate and graduate student clinicians under the close supervision of certified speech-language pathologists. Through the programs, children receive both group and individual therapy that is tailored to their particular communication needs. The Miller Speech & Hearing clinic is set up for observation and parents are encouraged to attend therapy sessions. Parent meetings associated with the preschool groups also provide helpful information and instruction for home carryover.

Classroom groups have included children with speech and language delays, articulation difficulty, phonological and language disorders, limited hearing, Down Syndrome, PDD, Autism, fluency disorders and bilingual speech and language disorders.

Based on the academic year, these classrooms take place over thirteen weeks in the fall and thirteen weeks in the spring.

Insurance is not filed, but families can request documentation to do so.

 

Level I

The Level I classroom is designed for three-year-old children ranging from nonverbal with emerging single words to appropriate length of utterance with articulation or phonological disorders. The group meets Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in addition to two 30-minute individual therapy sessions twice per week. Group therapy is play-based and the clinician-client ratio is one-to-one or one-to-two. Classroom activities are designed to work on vocabulary development, phonological awareness, emergent literacy skills, play skills and a variety of pragmatic skills. Individual therapy goals are also emphasized. Most children who are enrolled have some form of verbal communication, but some have started the program using signs, a picture exchange system or other forms of communication.

Level I fees (one semester, 13 group sessions, 25 individual sessions): $900

 

Level II

The Level II classroom is designed for four- and five-year-old children. This group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Both group and individual therapy are provided during this time. The group therapy is more structured than in Level I and consists of 30 minutes of systematic curriculum for teaching sound-symbol alphabet relationships and 30 minutes of literacy-based approach for working on language development and articulation goals from individual therapy. The remaining 30 minutes is used for individual therapy.

Level II fees (one semester: 25 sessions): $1,000

 

Leaps Program

The Leaps Program is designed for children ages two to three. This caregiver and child interaction class meets for eight sessions from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. Additionally, children enrolled in the program receive individual therapy sessions twice per week. The program teaches caregivers how to use language support strategies to improve language-based interactions at home.

Leaps Program fees (one semester, eight group sessions, 25 individual sessions): $750

 

Interested parents should contact the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic and ask for a case history form to start a file for the client, and can also contact Karen Hennington at k.hennington@tcu.edu to schedule an observation of one of the groups.

Instrumentation is available for behavioral testing of infants six months and older. This facility provides interpretation services free of charge for patients with limited English proficiency. Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) may be reached at 711 TX Relay Services.

For more information or to schedule an audiological evaluation, contact the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic at 817-257-7620.

Stuttering Clinic

The Stuttering Clinic at TCU’s Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic provides comprehensive services to adults, children and their families, diagnostic evaluations and treatment. Treatment options are assessed after an initial evaluation, and include the Lidcombe Program, a behavioral treatment for young children who stutter. Typically, services are provided by second-year speech-language pathology graduate students under the supervision of a licensed faculty member with expertise in fluency disorders.

For more information, contact:

Jennifer B. Watson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FASHA
Professor & Board Certified Specialist in Fluency
817-257-6876
j.watson@tcu.edu

 

Adult Neuro Clinic

A faculty member specializing in neurologically-based communication disorders supervises students who assess and treat adults with speech, language and/or cognitive impairments due to neurological injury. These impairments may relate to:

  • Stroke resulting in aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria and/or right hemisphere dysfunction
  • Attention or memory difficulties, such as those associated with dementia or brain trauma

New clients are given a complete assessment of speech, language and cognition. Results from the assessment are used to design treatments built around an individual’s specific strengths and weaknesses. Depending on the needs of the individual, clients may receive treatment individually, in a small group or both. Clients often are assigned activities to complete at home in order to support improvement in communication.

For more information regarding neurological services for English or Spanish speakers, contact:

Laurel Lynch, M.S., CCC-SLP
Instructor
817-257-5796
l.lynch@tcu.edu

 

Voice Clinic

The specialty Voice Clinic at the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic is one of the few resources in the DFW area with faculty who have specialty training and experience working with all populations of individuals with voice problems.

The Voice Clinic specializes in the care and treatment of individuals who have difficulty with their speaking voice, and with professionally trained or untrained singers. Dr. Christopher Watts works with patient populations who have voice problems affecting their speaking voice. Shelby Diviney, who is a clinical voice specialist with a background in professional voice, works with individuals from all backgrounds including those who are experiencing voice problems with their singing voice.

 

Evaluation

Individuals who visit the Voice Clinic undergo a thorough evaluation that includes laryngeal function studies and laryngeal imaging using videostroboscopy. At the completion of the evaluation, an overview of the findings is presented to the patient with specific recommendations for voice therapy, when appropriate. If the patient has not yet been evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ear nose and throat doctor), a referral will be made prior to starting voice therapy.

 

Treatment

The specific treatment approach for voice disorders depends on the diagnosis and specific problems the patient presents, and treatment plans are individualized for each patient. Both traditional voice therapy techniques and state-of-the-art computerized equipment are used to help patients regain a more functional voice and improved voice quality.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Voice Clinic, please contact the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic at 817-257-7620.

 

Aural Rehabilitation Clinic

The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a variety of therapy services for clients with hearing loss from infancy through adulthood. Services include Auditory-Verbal therapy for young children and their families supervised by a Certified Auditory-Verbal Therapist, listening and spoken language training for older children, and listening, lip reading and communication skills training for adults with hearing loss. Clients who use hearing aids, cochlear implants or other types of listening devices participate in audiological rehabilitation services.

For more information, contact the Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic at 817-257-7620.

 

Support Groups

Grupo de Apoyo Para Personas Con Afasia (Bilingual Aphasia Support Group)

Afasia es un trastorno a consecuencia de una daño al cerebro que resulta en problemas con la el habla y el lenguaje (la expresión, la comprensión, la lectura y la escritura). Este grupo gratis es para adultos que tienen dificultades con el habla y lenguaje a causa de trastornos neurológicos (embolia, demencia, trauma) y sus familias. Las pláticas serán en español e inglés.

This free group is for individuals who have communication difficulties due to neurological illness or injury, such as stroke, dementia or traumatic brain injury, and their families. Discussions are conducted in English and Spanish.

  • CUANDO:   El primer miércoles de cada mes (menos enero y julio)
  • WHEN:  The first Wednesday of every month (except January and July)
  • Donde (Where): Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic
  • Hora/Time: 6:30- 7:30 p.m.

 

Contacto/Contact:
Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic
817-257-7620

 

SPANISH: ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística.

CHINESE: 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電

VIETNAMESE: CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn.

KOREAN: 주의: 한국어를 사용하시는 경우, 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 이용하실 수 있습니다.

FRENCH: ATTENTION : Si vous parlez français, des services d’aide linguistique vous sont proposés gratuitement.

TAGALOG: PAUNAWA: Kung nagsasalita ka ng Tagalog, maaari kang gumamit ng mga serbisyo ng tulong sa wika nang walang bayad.

RUSSIAN: ВНИМАНИЕ: Если вы говорите на русском языке, то вам доступны бесплатные услуги перевода.

GERMAN: ACHTUNG: Wenn Sie Deutsch sprechen, stehen Ihnen kostenlos sprachliche Hilfsdienstleistungen zur Verfügung

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