Center for Communication Disorders

The California State University, Chico Communication Sciences and Disorders Program would like to inform its surrounding county residents of the services provided through the CSU, Chico Center for Communication Disorders.

The center is located on campus and provides both diagnostic and rehabilitative services for communicative disorders. It provides speech and language evaluations and therapy.

Clinic Director Dr. Jessika Lawrence
Administrative Support
Jackie McMillan
Location Aymer J. Hamilton 100
Telephone 530-898-5871
Fax 530-898-6612
Business Hours M-F 8am-5pm
Mailing Address Center for Communication Disorders
California State University, Chico
400 W. 1st St.
Chico, CA 95929-0350 

About the Center

University students pay no fees for diagnostic or rehabilitative services. Other clients pay $75 for speech-language diagnostics. The fee for speech-language therapy is $250 per semester. Provisions for waiving a portion of the fees may be considered on an individual basis depending on financial need and the approval of the Clinic's Director.

The Center is a vital part of the program in Communication Sciences and Disorders which offers training to students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Students completing their degrees in this area are prepared for professional employment as speech-language pathologists in clinics, hospitals, public schools and private practice.

The Center provides supervised experience for graduate students who have completed appropriate course work in speech pathology and audiology. Supervision is provided by the Clinic Director and other faculty members. Under such supervision, students deal with a variety of communication disorders including articulation, language, voice, and fluency. Following is a brief description of the basic categories:

Voice - Problems of voice are often indicated by too high a pitch, chronic hoarseness, persisting irritation as with laryngitis, inadequate loudness, nasal voice, and other symptoms.

Fluency - Fluency disorders (i.e., stuttering) are typified most often by word and sound repetition, momentary blockages of speech, and other associated symptoms.

Language - These disorders often involve inappropriate use of syntax, semantics, and/or pragmatics by children. Occasionally a child will fail to develop adequate language and will need help in eventually achieving the same language patterns as their peers. Adults who have suffered strokes or head injuries may also have language problems.

Articulation - Problems in using English sounds are among the most frequent communication disorders in young children.

One or more of these disorders may be seen in the following groups of individuals: Mentally handicapped, stroke victims, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, or individuals with hearing loss, learning disabilities or brain damage.

The above descriptions are not meant to be used as a basis for evaluation, but are merely informative.

The Center for Communication Disorders provides equal opportunity in determining eligibility for clinical service for all qualified persons, and prohibits illegal discrimination based on age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or veteran status, and physical or mental impairment.