About Our Speech, Hearing and Language Center
The primary focus at the Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center is to serve adults with communicative impairments and disorders. Referrals come from numerous sources including, physicians, health professionals, caregivers and community members.
If you or someone you care about is interested in services from the Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center:
- Contact the office manager at 209.946.2381 for a referral packet
- Return the completed referral packet
- You will be contacted as soon as an appointment time is available
Our therapy sessions are held twice a week, with each session being 60 minutes in length. We operate on a semester basis. The Fall semester begins in early September and Spring semester begins in mid-January. Each session runs for approximately a 12- week period.
A good candidate for referral is:
- one who is able to attend regularly, has stabilized health and has no overriding safety considerations
- one who is able to access some form of reliable transportation
- one who is unable to utilize other community resources because of difficulty with reimbursement.
The suggested donation for one semester of therapy is $200. Donations help to furnish student clinicians with the necessary materials and supplies to conduct their therapy sessions. Clients will never be turned away because they are unable to make a donation. Our primary goal is to provide adults the services they need.
Who provides the therapy services?
The clinicians at the University of the Pacific's Department of Speech-language Pathology are graduate students. The student clinicians are supervised by certified, licensed speech-language pathologists.
Our mission is to provide quality speech-language pathology services to individuals in the community utilizing best practices, current research, and individualized client-centered treatment planning.
What disorders do we treat?
Communication disorders in adults may arise from many causes including stroke, head trauma, neurological disease, surgeries, injuries, aging and occasionally unknown causes. Some of the subsequent impairment areas may include:
- Cognitive impairments: These may include deficits in attention, concentration, organization, sequencing, judgment, problem-solving and decision-making. Sometimes cognitive impairments occur with other communicative impairments.
- Fluency disorders: These may include an interruption in the rhythm of speech characterized by hesitation, repetitions or prolongation of sounds, syllables, words or phrases. Stuttering is a fluency disorder.
- Hearing impairments: These may include acquired or organic hearing loss that may be addressed through aural rehabilitation. Habilitation after a cochlear implant is included in this category.
- Language disorders: These may include significant difficulty understanding, producing and/or using spoken language, written language, or other symbolic language.
- Speech Sound Disorders: These may include difficulty in planning, producing, and coordinating the sounds of speech for clear, efficient, and effective communication.
- Voice impairments: These may include disorders due to organic, functional or neurological origins that may impact the breathing, voicing, resonating and articulating systems of communication.
Comprehensive Services Include Evaluation and Treatment of the Following
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Cochlear Implant Habilitation/Rehabilitation
- Cognitive Rehabilitation
- Expressive Language Functioning
- Memory and Problem Solving
- Receptive Language Functioning
- Speech Sound Disorders
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Voice Disorders
- Word Retrieval Problems