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Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Elmhurst University’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders provides its students with a strong understanding of human communication, and its disorders and differences.

Graduates go on to careers in high-growth fields including speech-language pathology, audiology and related human services.

The department offers:

Elmhurst University Communication Sciences and Disorders student Christina O'Connor.

The clinic makes this program very unique. I’m beyond prepared compared to my peers from other colleges. And I’m learning from the absolute best.

—Christina O’Connor

An Excellent Learning Environment

Students enjoy access to a variety of clinical opportunities. On campus, students work directly with clients in the University’s very own clinic. Many students conduct research and complete observations at area rehabilitation centers, schools and other settings.

Classes at Elmhurst are small. With fewer than 24 students in a typical class, students have extraordinary access to our faculty.

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

The Elmhurst University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic provides high-quality services and care for all clients. The Clinic provides speech and language evaluations and therapy for individuals of all ages with communication difficulties. Caregiver involvement is encouraged through ongoing consultation with clinical staff, in-session activities and observation from behind one-way mirrors.

Services are primarily provided by Elmhurst University students who are majoring in communication sciences and disorders and are supervised by the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic educators.

All clinical faculty are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of Illinois.

I just wanted to share with you that I was a mentor for one of your former students this past year. Her name is Courtney. During this unusual year working as a CFY/SLP at East Aurora school district, Courtney demonstrated excellent clinical skills during therapy sessions, MTSS sessions, evaluations and Special Education Team meetings. She was extremely knowledgeable and personable. She was an excellent example of the success of the program at Elmhurst University and represented the University well.

Nancy Bartz, East Aurora School District

Brenda K. Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Professor; Chair, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

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