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Speech and Language Clinics

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Hands-on Advantage

"I feel that I had an advantage entering graduate school having already worked with clients in the Speech and Hearing Clinic. This experience gave me the opportunity to link classroom knowledge with clinical application."

Ashley Holden, graduate student.

The Speech and Hearing Clinic was established in 1957 as an integral component of undergraduate and graduate pre-professional education in Communication Sciences and Disorders. The mission of the clinic is to develop students' clinical skills while delivering quality services to children and adults in the Rochester community under the direct supervision of licensed, certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Nazareth currently offers three on-campus clinics and several off-campus services which address a wide range of communication disorders.

The Clinics

Speech and Language Clinic

The Speech and Language Clinic provides clinical services for a wide range of disorders including articulation, voice, fluency and language.
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For scheduling and waitlist information, please contact: Nazareth Speech and Hearing Clinics (585) 389-2772

For information about Speech Clinic Services please contact: Mary Kay Bradley, M.S., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist

Supervisor of Speech Clinic Services

(585) 389-2771 or

Audiology/Auditory Processing Diagnostic Clinic

The Audiology Clinic provides diagnostic testing for hearing loss and auditory processing disorders across the life span.

HEARING TESTING It's estimated that around 30 million Americans have hearing losses that interfere with their daily lives. Basic hearing testing is used to identify the presence or absence of hearing loss, to determine the type of hearing loss and to formulate appropriate recommendations for the management of the hearing loss. Some hearing losses are best managed through medical intervention, others are better managed through the use of hearing aids or other assistive technologies. In some cases, where noise exposure may be a risk factor for additional decline in hearing, a plan for preventing additional hearing loss may be necessary. A comprehensive hearing evaluation is the first step in determining which approach is needed. (Please note: Our clinic does not dispense or repair hearing aids)

Our basic hearing test protocol involves a two-hour test session that includes an intake interview, testing, and a counseling session about the test results. Following testing a detailed report, including recommendations, is provided.

AUDITORY PROCESSING TESTING Some individuals have listening problems not related to loss of hearing sensitivity. These people have difficulty processing what is heard. Auditory processing problems present a variety of challenges including, but not limited to: difficulty attending to speech; difficulty understanding speech, especially in groups or in noise; difficulty remembering what has been heard; and difficulty tolerating noise. When these problems occur in children they can interfere with learning. Children with auditory processing problems may have speech and language problems. They may have difficulty learning to read, spell, and write. Often these children do fairly well in one-to-one situations, but have difficulty learning in the classroom setting where background noise and other issues make it difficulty to hear. Auditory processing problems are rarely associated with active medical conditions and are generally best dealt with as a learning disability. Management is usually through a combination of listening therapies, environmental modifications, and the development of listening and coping strategies.

Our auditory processing test protocol involves a minimum of two two-hour test sessions usually several days to one week apart. Included in the test sessions are an intake interview, basic hearing testing to rule out hearing loss, general and specific auditory processing testing, and an exit interview at which time the test results are reviewed and recommendations are discussed. In some instances it may be necessary to schedule additional testing beyond the basic two-session format or to schedule the exit interview for a separate session. Upon completion of the testing and exit interview a detailed report is generated that includes a description of all tests and results, a summary of the findings, and client-specific recommendations dependent upon any specific processing difficulties identified.
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To schedule an appointment please contact: Nazareth Speech and Hearing Clinics (585) 389-2772

For information about hearing or auditory processing please contact: Dr. Jim Feuerstein, Ph.D., CCC-A, FAAA (585) 389-2777 or

Brain Injury Clinic

The Brain Injury Clinic at Nazareth College was established in 1992 by Dr. Shirley Szekeres in response to a community need for affordable long-term speech-language therapy services for individuals with chronic aphasia. The mission of the clinic is to develop students' clinical skills while delivering services to underserved adults in the Rochester Community.

Purposes of the Clinic

  • To provide speech-language-communication therapy to individuals with chronic aphasia who are no longer eligible for services under their health care coverage
  • To provide a training ground to develop student competencies in treating individuals with aphasia
  • To study the effectiveness of long term treatment of chronic aphasia

Speech-Language Pathology Services

  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy

Other Clinical Services as Part of the Interdisciplinary Program

  • Art Therapy
  • Health Education
  • Music Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work

Interdisciplinary therapy and services are conducted by Nazareth College student clinicians from Graduate Speech-Language Pathology, Graduate Art Therapy, Nursing, Music Therapy, Physical Therapy and Social Work programs. Students learn to function as members of interdisciplinary teams. All therapy is directed and supervised by certified, licensed clinicians.

The Brain Injury Clinic runs on the academic calendar, offering three sessions per year - Fall Semester, Spring Semester and Summer Session.
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To schedule an appointment please contact: Nazareth Speech and Hearing Clinics (585) 389-2772

For information about Brain Injury Clinic Services please contact: Suzanne Johnston, M.S., CCC-SLP, Brain Injury Clinic Manager, (585) 389-2798 or

Off-Campus Outreach

In addition to the on-campus clinics, student clinicians and faculty provide supervised outreach services to preschools, schools and adult day programs.

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