Rebecca Linke, clinical coordinator and instructor at West Texas A&M University, is also a certified Speech-Language Pathologist at the WT Hearing and Speech Lab.
"We want to make sure the children we're working with understand what's being said to them at home and in the classroom, can they follow directions, do they understand the vocabulary we're using and expressively, on the flip side of that if they're able to put words together in sentences," explains Rebecca.
The clinic can service anyone with a communication disorder.
"We also offer language therapy, fluency therapy and we work a lot with literacy skills and building expressive language in the written format and receptive language in understanding what they read," Rebecca says.
The clients are first evaluated by nationally certified therapists, and then placed with a WT graduate student for therapy.
"Our staff is experienced from birth all the way to the geriatric population. We generally work with the articulation and building language skills. We look at the goals our clients have and we work on developing plans-- what are we going to do in this session what are we tracking, getting them to critically think about what the client needs and how they're going to help the client meet that goal."
Early diagnosis of a speech or language disorder is key to a child's academic and social development and success.
"What we want to make sure is that we're providing the service that they need."
The earlier these disorders are treated, the easier, more effective, less expensive and shorter the course of treatment will be.
"We have a few students that we're helping them express themselves through writing and verbal communication, so that everything's kind of cohesive and that helps them with school."
Tuition: $95 before May 15; $130 after May 15