The Charles E. and Geneva S. Scott Scottish Rite Communication Disorders Clinic was established in September 1968 as a training facility for students. The Clinic, a non-profit organization, is a unit in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University.
The primary purpose of the Clinic is the provision of "hands-on" clinical learning experiences for students pursuing their Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology. The secondary purpose is the provision of quality services to children, adolescents and adults with communication disorders in the region. The Clinic provides prevention, assessment, and treatment services in the areas of speech, language, swallowing, and hearing disorders. The Clinic does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
The Clinic serves as a community-based training facility for graduate students and provides outreach programs at:
- Watauga County Schools Hearing Screening
- Foothills Correctional Institution
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The professional staff includes Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists who are licensed by the state of North Carolina and certified by ASHA.
Speech-language services include assessment and treatment for problems related to:
- Delayed or disordered articulation
- Delayed or disordered language development
- Special needs populations, such as Down Syndrome and Autism
- Learning disabilities
- Cleft palate
- Feeding and swallowing disorders for children and adults
- Head trauma
- Voice disorders
- Fluency disorders
- Aural habilitation/rehabilitation
- Cerebral palsy
- Augmentative communication devices
Individual or group sessions are available by appointment.
Audiology services include:
- Hearing screenings
- Complete hearing evaluations
- Hearing aid selection and evaluation
- Hearing aid sales, orientation, and repairs
- Hearing aid consultations
- Assistive listening device consultation
- Industrial testing
- Custom hearing protection fitting
- Swim molds fitting