Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

April 23, 2008

NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic prepares
to begin move to Monsanto building Friday

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic will close its on-campus doors Friday, April 25, to begin its move to the NIU Family Health, Wellness and Literacy Center on Sycamore Road.

Clinic officials will open new doors Monday, May 5, at the old Monsanto building.

The move to Sycamore Road, across from Kishwaukee Community Hospital, ends three years of anticipation for the faculty, students, staff and clients. Meanwhile, it commences an expected doubling of clientele: Close to 3,500 different people from babies to great-grandparents already take advantage of clinic services each year.

“Our students and our clients are very excited,” said Anne D. Davidson, director of the clinic. “The new clinic enables us to expand our clinical education offerings, research and client services in a beautiful facility that is more accessible to the community.”

Mass mailings are being sent to active, regular clients that provide greater details about
the closure, the move and the new facility.

Equipment, patient files, student materials and office supplies all are moving during the brief closure. Workers will install and calibrate old and new equipment while staff attend training and orientation on how to use some of the new equipment.

“This new space is much bigger than we have now,” Davidson said. “NIU is providing a state-of-the-art clinic to our students and to the community. We have an incredible clinic that clearly exceeds capabilities of other academic clinics nationwide.”

Part of the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, housed in the College of Health and Human Sciences, the year-round clinic annually tests the hearing of about 900 newborns at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Children at St. Mary’s School in Sycamore receive speech and language services, as do the senior citizens of Oak Crest Retirement Center, who also benefit from rehabilitative assistance. Bilingual services are provided in audiology and speech-language pathology.

Opened in 1938, the clinic also provides:

  • Newborn hearing screenings and diagnostic follow up
  • Hearing testing
  • Hearing aid evaluations, fittings, repairs and assistive listening devices
  • Auditory processing evaluations
  • Auditory brainstem response testing
  • Otoacoustic emission testing
  • Aural rehabilitation for individuals with acquired or congenital hearing losses
  • Baby sign groups
  • Assessment and treatment of children and adults for language, speech, voice, stuttering swallowing, feeding or aphasia
  • Early Intervention Team Services
  • Family-based treatment services during evening hours
  • Parent-Infant-Toddler groups
  • Social skills groups for children with autistic spectrum disorder (late afternoon-early evening)
  • Parent and sibling support groups (autistic spectrum disorder, hearing impairment)]
  • Stroke support groups
  • Language-Literacy-Listening Team assessment and intervention services
  • Swallowing, feeding and speech-language assessment and treatment for Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the Unlimited Performance Out Patient Center, Oak Crest Retirement Center and Rockford Memorial Hospital
  • Speech-language services to area schools
  • Speech-language and hearing screenings as a service to area and regional schools, hospitals and community service groups
  • Free educational seminars to DeKalb County area on hearing health
  • Consultation and in-service education to schools, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities

Outreach speech-language and hearing screenings reach thousands living in DeKalb, Boone, DuPage, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. Even during the clinic’s earliest days, faculty with the responsibility for clinical instruction and the provision of services began traveling with students to provide diagnostic, screening and therapy services to the area’s public schools.

Outreach services include:

  • Assessments and treatments for swallowing, feeding and speech-language at various hospitals and rehabilitation centers
  • Consultation and in-service education to schools, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities
  • Neonatal hearing screenings at Kishwaukee Community Hospital
  • Speech-language services at Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Unlimited Performance

More than 250 graduate and undergraduate students receive clinical education or perform in-service activities at the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

For more information, call (815) 753-1481.

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