About Communication Disorders
Statistics show that 1 in 10 families in Wisconsin are affected by a communication disorder. Unfortunately, however, many people with communication disorders are unaware that treatment to remedy or minimize the impact of their condition is available. Additionally, due to more and more restrictive eligibility criteria, fewer people are able to receive services in traditional public school and hospital settings. At the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, we offer highly affordable services in speech, language, literacy and learning to children through adults in our on campus training clinic. Services are provided by graduate students who are working to fulfill the rigorous academic and clinical requirements necessary for future employment as speech language pathologists, under the guidance and supervision of nationally certified and state licensed SlPs.
What Is Communication?
Communication refers to the different ways we give and receive messages. Communication involves receptive language, expressive language, articulation, fluency, voice, hearing and pragmatics.
- Receptive Language: Receptive language is the ability to understand what others are saying.
- Expressive Language: Expressive language is the ability to express thoughts, feelings, and ideas verbally or in writing.
- Articulation or Phonology: Articulation is the ability to pronounce speech sounds or speech patterns.
- Fluency: Fluency is the smoothness in which sounds, syllables, words, and phrases are joined together when speaking.
- Voice: Voice the production of sound using the vocal cavity. Areas of vocal production include quality, pitch, nasaility and volume.
- Hearing: Hearing is the sense that allows an individual to hear what is being said.
- Pragmatics: Pragmatics is the area of language function that embraces the use of language in social contexts: knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it.
Clinic Hours and Dates
The clinic will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30-1:30. Sessions will be 55 minutes held once, twice or three times a week. Sessions may be individual or group sessions, based on enrollment.