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Speech-Language Pathology

Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center

entrance and sign on wallThe University of Louisiana at Monroe Speech and Hearing Clinic evaluates and treats individuals of all ages who experience communication problems. Currently located in Sugar Hall, the clinic is an integral part of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and the College of Health Sciences. Clients may be self-referred or referred by physicians, family members, allied health professionals, or hospital/school personnel.

waiting area entranceThe clinic has served the community for more than forty years. The Clinic has contracts with area schools, hospitals, businesses, and the Scottish Rite bodies of Louisiana-Monroe. Adults and children from throughout northeast Louisiana, southern Arkansas, and the Mississippi Delta seek services at the Speech and Hearing Clinic. Annually, more than 400 screenings and evaluations, and over 4000 hours of therapy are provided. Consumer satisfactions surveys conducted at the end of each semester consistently reflect positive ratings about the high quality of services provided.

students and faculty working in centerUnder the direct supervision of certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists, graduate students evaluate and treat clients in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. All faculty members hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and are licensed by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA).

Specialized Literacy Clinic

In addition to traditional speech-language pathology services, the Kitty DeGree Speech and Hearing Center hosts a specialized literacy clinic. This program was created in 2007 by Dr. Linda Bryan to address the growing role SLPs have begun play in the remediation of literacy impairment. The Literacy Clinic is held during the fall and spring semesters and provides an intensive reading and writing experience in both individual and group settings. This program strives to address the needs of children who may have experienced a prolonged and significant lack of success in reading and writing despite the determined efforts of parents and educators. The Literacy Clinic focuses on developing skills and strategies that promote comprehension, focus on meaning and support achievement of grade appropriate reading and writing ability. All inquiries may be directed to Jennifer Whited at 318-342-1394 or whited@ulm.edu.


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