Programs

The Speech and Language Center offers a variety of programs designed to evaluate and treat communication disorders. Comprehensive assessment and treatment services are provided to children and adults. We also offer several community outreach group programs that meet monthly for support and information sharing. Our current outreach programs include the Stroke Survivor Group and Communication Group for People who Stutter.

We can provide speech, language and hearing screenings for area preschools, parent groups, community events and other organizations.

Contact us for more information about organizing a screening event.

programs and services

Adolescent and Adult Language and Literacy Clinic (ALL)

The Adolescent and Adult Language and Literacy Clinic (ALL) provides support for teens and adults who struggle with speaking, listening, reading and writing. We focus on services for children ages 10 and up. We also work with adults who have trouble keeping up with college-level classes or job related language and literacy skills.

The ALL program provides comprehensive assessments in the areas of spoken language, reading and writing that can help determine your strengths and weaknesses in language and literacy. We then make detailed recommendations for treatment and academic or work accommodations. We also offer intervention services to address spoken and written language needs.

For more information, contact the center.

Adult Programs and Services

We offer comprehensive assessments and individual treatment services for adults who experience problems or want to improve the following areas. If you don't see your concern listed, contact us to see if we can meet your needs.

  • Accent modification
  • Auditory/language processing
  • Cognitive communication skills
  • Pronunciation/articulation
  • Oral motor abilities
  • Social skills
  • Stuttering
  • Voice

Many communication disorders or differences are associated with one of the following medical diagnoses. We offer programs for persons with communication disorders related to these conditions. If your condition isn't listed, contact us to see if we can meet your needs:

  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Autism
  • Brain injury
  • Developmental delay
  • Dialect
  • Dysarthria
  • Hearing loss
  • Parkinson's disease

Programs
Adolescent and Adult Language and Literacy Clinic (ALL)
Communication Group for People Who Stutter
Stroke Survivor Group at TU
Voice Clinic at TU

Children's Programs and Services

We offer comprehensive assessments and individual treatment services for children with communication problems in the following areas. If your child's concern isn't listed, contact us to see if we can meet your needs:

  • Articulation/phonology
  • Auditory/language processing
  • Language comprehension
  • Language production
  • Oral motor abilities
  • Social skills
  • Stuttering
  • Voice
  • Written language and reading

Group programs are designed for children to practice their communication skills in a group of peers. We provide group treatment in the Children’s Therapeutic Program for children ages 3 to 5 and Social Skills Group for School-Age Children.

Children's Therapeutic Program for Preschoolers
Social Skills Group for School-Age Children

Many communication disorders or differences may be associated with one of the following conditions. We provide evaluation and treatment services for children with these conditions. If you don't see your child's concern listed, please contact us to see if we can meet your needs:

  • Apraxia of speech
  • Autism
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Developmental delay
  • Dysarthria
  • Hearing loss
Children's Therapeutic Program

The Therapeutic Program for Preschoolers was designed to provide a speech and language rich therapeutic environment to preschool aged children ages 3 to 5 with communication challenges.

Speech and language skills are developed throughout a morning of activities including circle time, story time, craft activities, gross/fine motor activities and snack. Each child has an individualized treatment plan to target specific speech, language and social needs. Occupational therapy services are incorporated into the program to increase sensory motor skills, increase fine motor abilities and facilitate participation.

This program is offered for two or four days a week in the fall and spring. An intensive summer program is also offered in June and July.

Program Registration

Communication Group for People Who Stutter

Adults who stutter or have other fluency difficulties are invited to attend monthly evening meetings with fellow Speech and Language Center clients and other persons who stutter. Faculty professionals and speech language pathology students assist with stuttering modification therapy techniques, maintenance and provide an opportunity for group support.

The group is open to anyone and the cost is free. Contact the Speech and Language Center to request a schedule of upcoming meetings.

Foreign Accent Program

This program is tailored to international students and professionals who have a foreign accent and want to improve their pronunciation. The goal is for individuals to be more understandable in English and learn better presentation skills. Services are provided in individual sessions or in group sessions.

Social Skills Program

The Social Skills Group for School-Age Children is designed for children ages 7-10 who are challenged in recognizing and applying the concept of flexible thinking and social cooperation. These children may have average or near average spoken language skills but require instruction and practice to achieve successful social communication. Social skills are practiced in a fun and interesting group learning environment. Social Skills Groups are designed for children who . . .

  • Have difficulty making and maintaining friendships with peers
  • Have rigid thinking behaviors and become overly stressed when situations do not go their way
  • Have difficulty compromising and showing empathy towards others
  • Have limited awareness of personal space and social comfort zones

Goals will target improving social behaviors in the following ways:

  • Using flexible thinking
  • Using whole body listening
  • Using conversational turn taking
  • Following social rules
  • Understanding social expectations and socially acceptable behaviors

We offer two programs which target specific goals to the needs of the group:

  1. The year-round program meets once a week for 90 minutes during the fall and spring terms.
  2. The summer program meets twice a week for two hours and 30 minutes for six weeks in June and July. This intensive program utilizes the “Super Flex . . . a Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum.”

Program Registration

Stroke Survivor Group

The Stroke Survivor Group at Towson University is dedicated to providing education, support and networking for stroke survivors, caregivers and their families, friends, caregivers and health professionals interested in stroke recovery.

Each meeting is focused on a general topic of discussion. A featured speaker, or members of the group, lead discussions and share information and helpful strategies. Participants have an opportunity to meet and socialize with other stroke survivors, family members and friends. Refreshments are also served.

The group meets monthly in the Fall and Spring and holds one social event during the summer. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8 p.m. You can call us at 410-704-3095 (or use the Contact Us link below) to confirm upcoming meeting dates and to get parking instructions.

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Voice Program

The Voice Program at the Towson University Speech, Language, and Hearing Center offers voice evaluation and treatment services, under the direction of Dr. Celia J. Bassich, Ph.D, CCC-SLP. Dr. Bassich has over 25 years of experience in working with persons who are experiencing voice problems.

We also offer seminars and voice consultations to maximize vocal wellness and assess at-risk behaviors in persons such as school teachers, clergy, lawyers, salespeople or telemarketers, cheerleaders, coaches as well as others who frequently speak loudly for prolonged periods of time.

To make an appointment contact the center.

Wellness in Stroke and Head Injury Program (WISH)

The WISH program is designed for recent or long-term survivors of head injury or stroke who are seeking cost-effective ways to continue their rehabilitation. WISH provides adults with speech, language and occupational therapy integrated into a variety of daily living activities. WISH members also participate in twice weekly exercise programs within our Wellness Center.

A full membership to the Wellness Center is included with the fee and members can return to use the facility at other times. The WISH program meets twice weekly on the following schedule:

Tuesdays 9:30-12:00 p.m.
Group Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy
Wellness Center Exercise Program

Fridays 9:30-12:00 p.m.
Group Speech, Language and Occupational Therapy
Wellness Center Exercise Program
Daily Living and Community Skills

For more information contact the center.

Upcoming program information.

This program is offered in partnership with the Occupational Therapy Center and the Wellness Center.