Community Engagement

The College of Health Sciences and Professions believes deeply in delivering care that is personal and proactive. Students in the Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders have a number of opportunities to gain practical experience through community engagement. Two of these are official college programs: Ohio University Therapy Associates and the Respite Volunteer Program.

Ohio University Therapy Associates

The Ohio University Hearing, Speech and Language Clinic is an extension of the Communication Sciences and Disorders program in the College of Health Sciences and Professions. It is devoted to serving individuals in the community who are having difficulty hearing, speaking and/or understanding language.

The clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for all ages - infant through adult. The clinic is open year round in Grover Center located on Richland Avenue in Athens. Consistent with the training mission of the College, diagnostic and treatment services are provided by student clinicians under the supervision of experienced, licensed, and certified clinical instructors. Supervision is carried out in accordance with guidelines mandated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the State of Ohio Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

Types of Services Offered

  • Diagnosis of various speech and language disorders (e.g., language impairment, autism, articulation disorders, and swallowing disorder)
  • Individual therapy for various speech and language for all age groups
  • Group Therapy session for children
  • In-depth audiological assessments for individuals with hearing problems
  • Hearing aid trials and fitting

For more information, visit the Ohio University Therapy Associates website.

Ohio University Respite Volunteer Program

The Respite Volunteer Program is a free in-home relief and interaction-focused program. Volunteers provide a break for caregivers of adults with disabilities and other challenges by providing personalized care and social interaction in the home. Excursions outside the home may also be possible. Caregivers have the option of leaving or remaining with the volunteers. Adults living alone or in residential facilities are welcome to participate. Families and student volunteers benefit mutually.

Dr. Brooke Hallowell, a professor specializing in neurological communication disorders, oversees the program. Program coordinators are graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders and research assistants in the Neurolinguistics Laboratory at Ohio University. Following a meeting between the coordinators and a potential Respite family, volunteers are placed in qualified families' homes.

Volunteers are required to be enrolled as majors in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Ohio University. Their training involves creative and research-based means of facilitating communication, socialization, and quality of life. The program offers a wonderful example of how students engaged in service related to their academic work can make a vital difference in people's lives. Volunteers are not merely giving of themselves; through the program they benefit on personal and professional levels.