Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders

For the Community

SUNY Cortland’s Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders provides evaluation and therapy services free of charge to children and adults with a variety of speech, language, and hearing delays or disorders. These include:

  • Articulation disorders
  • Language delays and impairments
  • Voice disorders and gender affirming voice services
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Neurogenic communication disorders (after stroke or brain injury)
  • Accent modification
  • Swallowing disorders

We also participate in a nationally recognized program for Parkinson’s Disease called SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd®.

What is SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd?®

SPEAK OUT!® is a therapy designed for people with Parkinson’s disease to improve their voice and swallowing. Muscles in the throat can become weak because they’re not used with purpose and strength. SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® teach how to use those muscles differently for speaking and swallowing so talking and eating stay healthy and strong longer. In this program, speech is changed from talking like always to doing it better! SPEAK OUT!® is usually completed in 12 sessions across four weeks. In only four weeks, people say they’ve improved their speaking, their ability to be heard, and their overall quality of life.

When SPEAK OUT!® is finished, people can join the LOUD Crowd®, a group therapy that meets once a week to keep tuned up and improving. But the best parts are working with our therapists and students, plus being with other people who are doing the same thing.

SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® were developed by the Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, TX.

How do I get services?

The schedule for these services is changeable so for appointments or more information, please contact the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at 607-753-5423. 

I have Parkinson’s disease. When should I begin seeing a speech therapist?

According to research, up to 89% of people with Parkinson’s disease begin to have trouble talking and up to 95% start having difficulty swallowing. To help slow these problems down, start therapy as soon as possible. Being a part of SPEAK OUT! and LOUD Crowd can change the way Parkinson’s affects your voice and swallow.

What costs are associated with these services?

The Center at SUNY Cortland provides services free of charge.

The Center is located in the Professional Studies Building on the College’s campus. It is the clinical training site for graduate students in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department. Graduate student clinicians may also provide outreach services to local preschools, schools, or adult care facilities. All clinical services are supervised by New York State-licensed, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national accrediting body for the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. 

For appointments or more information, contact the Communication Disorders and Sciences Department at 607-753-5423. 

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Communication Sciences and Disorders education program in speech-language pathology at SUNY College at Cortland is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

For SUNY Cortland Students in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Major

The Center for Speech, Language and Hearing Disorders is the campus training site for graduate student clinical experiences at SUNY Cortland. Graduate students may also have the opportunity to provide community-based services. Clinical experiences begin the first semester of graduate school and this hands-on learning is invaluable for externships and future career goals.