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Speech-Language Pathology

Department of Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology

Clinical Services
The NAVE Language Center
A program for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and related communication and social pragmatic disorders. For more information on the NAVE Center, please visit our website.

Adult Speech & Language Clinic

In ETSUs Adult Speech & Language Clinic we offer evidence based evaluation and treatment of speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.  Common problems that we may see include:

  • Language Disorders such as Aphasia or Alexia
  • Motor Speech Disorders such as Apraxia or Dysarthria
  • Cognitive and Cognitive-Communication Disorders
  • Oral, Pharyngeal, Esophageal or Mixed Dysphagia

Common causes of these problems include:

  • Neuro-Degenerative Diseases (e.g., Parkinson’s Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Concussion

School Age Speech & Language Clinic

Voice Clinic

A voice disorder, also called dysphonia, is an impairment of the speaking or singing voice in that it arises from an abnormality of the structures and/or functions of the voice production system resulting in voice functioning that is unacceptable to the user in social, professional, or other contexts (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005). Common symptoms of voice problems include:

  • Hoarse, weak, and/or rough voice
  • Loss of pitch
  • Globus sensation
  • Vocal fatigue/tiredness of voice
  • Shortness of breath while speaking
  • Constant throat clearing
  • Strain/effort to produce voice
  • Pain in neck while speaking

Common voice disorders are:

  • Muscle tension dysphonia
  • Paradoxical Vocal Fold Movement Dysfunction (PVFMD)
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Puberphonia
  • Glottal/vocal fold incompetency, including vocal fold atrophy, paralysis, immobility, or paresis.
  • Vocal fold lesions (nodules, polyps, cysts)

The voice clinic offers the following evaluations and treatment:


  • Auditory Perceptual Evaluation
  • Laryngeal Function Evaluation, including acoustic and physiological measures


  • Behavioral management (systematic & eclectic approaches)
  • Vocal Hygiene
  • Resonant Voice Therapy
  • Vocal Function Exercises
  • Stretch and Flow Phonation
  • Respiratory Retraining
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) for patients with Parkinson's Disease
Crumley House Clinic

The primary purpose of the Crumley House, an adult day treatment center, is community re-entry and integration of individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). Rehabilitation at Crumley House includes behavior management and recreation and vocational programs. This off-campus center provides an opportunity for evaluation and treatment of adults who have cognitive and communicative disorders resulting from TBI and/or other neurological impairments. These disorders include deficits in perception and discrimination and memory, orientation, organization, reasoning and speech and language.

Fluency Clinic

The Fluency Clinic at ETSU’s Speech and Hearing Clinic offers services designed to assist child and adult speakers who exhibit stuttering or other fluency disorders. The clinic uses self-report tests, parental questionnaires, as well as observational data to assess individuals who stutter to aid in making appropriate diagnostic decisions. Based upon these diagnostic results, clinicians recommend and administer a treatment program that is unique for each individual which may include weekly sessions and/or use of fluency devices such as Speech Easy.

High Risk Clinic

This clinic monitors the development and medical status of babies who received care in the neonatal intensive care unit. This off-site clinic provides students with an opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary developmental screening of early communication development.

Johnson City Community Health Clinic

The Johnson City Community Health Center (JCCHC) is a Federally Qualified Health Center operated by the College of Nursing and offers patients a variety of specialties including speech, audiology, nutrition, dental hygiene, primary care, physical therapy, radiology, and pharmacy. This clinical placement is interdisciplinary in nature; therefore graduate clinicians may have the opportunity to collaborate with physicians and other professionals.

JCCHC serves under insured and non-insured patients along with patients who have private health insurance; which includes a large Hispanic population. There are several interpreters on staff who assist graduate clinicians with bilingual Spanish-English or monolingual Spanish speech-language evaluations and therapy. Graduate clinicians are not required to be bilingual in order to be placed in this clinic.

During this clinical placement, graduate clinicians will conduct both evaluations and treatment for a variety of ages. JCCHC's speech and language clinic's caseload is predominantly children (typically 2 years old through elementary school); however, graduate clinicians may treat adults occasionally as well. 

Graduate students will also receive experience using an Electronic Health Records system which will prepare them for real-life clinics outside of graduate school.

Please visit JCCHC's website for more information about the clinic.

Social Group Clinic


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