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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Community Outreach

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences – as part of the WSU/EWU University Programs in Communication Disorders (UPCD) — provides services to the community with programs for all ages, from pre-school children to senior citizens.

Graduate students work under the supervision of faculty members in a variety of settings. In many cases, parents and family members can observe sessions through one-way windows.

Most of the programs are based in the Health Sciences building.

The University Hearing and Speech Clinic

The clinic is a shared EWU/WSU facility open to the community, provides evaluation and therapy to children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems. First-year graduate students work under the supervision of nationally-accredited and state licensed faculty members.


UPCD students and faculty partner with the Northwest Autism Center to provide services for young children, from early evaluation and diagnosis to intensive social language interventions, in settings such as the center’s former Domino Early Learning Center in Cheney and the Northwest Autism Center ABA Clinic. A clinic on the Spokane campus provides social skills training for adolescents and young adults. First-year graduate students provide direct clinical services while also serving as mentors and role models.

Guatemala missions

Student delegations participate in week-long clinics in a rural mountainous region in eastern Guatemala during spring break and in August. Their work, in cooperation with the medical mission group Hearts in Motion, supports local dentists and other health professionals who perform cleft palate surgeries. The UPCD students provide assessment and speech therapy to clients and education for teachers and families impacted by speech, language, feeding and hearing disorders in a variety of settings (e.g., special language programs, rehab centers, a hospital, nutrition center and senior center).

Camp Candoo

Camp Candoo is an intensive speech therapy and literacy summer camp for children ages 4-8 with severe speech disorders. The nine-day camp on the Spokane campus allows graduate students and Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty members to assess and provide intense speech therapy for the campers, many of whom come from out of state for this unique camp.


  • A Friday morning cooperative preschool serves children referred by Spokane Public Schools. The program welcomes young children whose speech is unintelligible.
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences hosts an annual public forum on the Spokane campus that addresses issues related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences hosts an annual public forum on the Spokane campus that addresses issues related to dystonia.


Contact Us

Anna Brown
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator

Kelsey Meyer
Graduate Program Coordinator

Laura DiFilippo
Program Administration and Operations