The Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic has effectively served thousands of young preschool and school-aged children with various types of speech and language disorders. This includes populations of children who are late talkers, noncommunicators and children with multiple speech and articulation errors. Also served are numerous children with different genetic and biologically based developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, autism, pervasive development disorder, attention disorder deficit, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Nonverbal children may receive treatment focusing on the use of augmentative communication devices and systems leading to the development of effective nonspeech communication skills. More intensive therapy for language impaired preschoolers is provided through a structured group program that the Clinic offers on a needed basis. A number of the clinic's young clients enjoy different computer-based clinical activities that are available within the facility's ever-expanding computer lab. This lab is equipped with different computer platforms and numerous software programs geared towards the enhancement of early learning and communication skills, as well as later developing educational and intellectual abilities.
The Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic offers the Scottish RiteCare Early Language Program. Children, ages three to five, attend four mornings per week with additional individual therapy services when appropriate. Contact Dena Snowden (319-273-2542) if interested.
Featured at the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic is the latest technology for the objective analysis of speech production in individuals with motor speech, voice, and stuttering disorders. This applied technology includes analysis of speech acoustics (intensity, frequency, and timing); respiratory pressure and flow characteristics related to speech; neuromuscular movement and dynamics of articulation, and laryngeal aspects of voice production, including electroglottography and endoscopy. Although many of these techniques are commonplace in the research laboratory, UNI is using these measures to enhance the diagnosis and therapeutic management of individuals with various types of motor speech disorders. Ongoing efforts at the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic have resulted in a preliminary normative data-base used in the treatment monitoring of persons with severe types of voice and neurologically based speech impairments.
A voice analysis clinic has been instituted at the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic, including participation from local area physicians specializing in Ear Nose and Throat disorders. Team-based evaluations for persons of all ages and with all types of voice problems are conducted in the voice clinic. State-of-the-art technology and assessment techniques are used by the voice team in the diagnosis and therapeutic management of voice disorders. Physical and acoustic measures are obtained using a variety of instrumentation techniques, such as videostroboscopic laryngeal imaging. Different therapeutic regimens are also offered at the Clinic for various types of medically and behaviorally based voice problems.
Diagnostic and therapeutic services are available for adults with acquired communication deficits. These include individuals with aphasia due to strokes, traumatic brain injuries, and a number of progressive neurological diseases. Speech and language therapy may focus on improvement of oral and written expression as well as facilitation of comprehension of spoken and written language. In certain cases, the development and use of an augmentative communication system is a treatment goal. Various linguistically-based cognitive skills such as memory and problem solving are also facilitated during the treatment process, due to the impact these skills have on language abilities. An aphasia therapy group meets twice a week at the Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic to provide communication therapy, social support, and family counseling for a number of adult clients. Other forms of service for this population include the assessment and treatment of dysphagia (swallowing) and related feeding disorders.
A wide variety of services in hearing care are offered to persons of all ages starting at birth. Audiological assessments include evaluation of hearing sensitivity for tones, speech comprehension, and assessment of middle ear function. Evaluations for hearing aids and assistive listening devices are performed, as well as consultation for hearing aid selection and fitting. For prevention of hearing loss, custom-made hearing protection devices are available. The Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic offers rehabilitation services that assist persons with hearing loss adjust to new hearing aids and learn various coping strategies for dealing with different types of hearing disabilities.
Aural rehabilitation services are provided for a number of children and adults with hearing impairment. Therapy for children includes speech and language remediation that is often augmented by sign language and other forms of visual and sensory communication. For the adult client with hearing impairment, the clinic offers informational counseling, speech reading assessment, bisensory communication training, and speech conservation instruction.