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Fort Hays State University
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Albertson Hall 131
Phone: 785-628-5366
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Herndon Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Fort Hays State University is proud to have a state-of-the-art clinic to provide evaluation and treatment for the local community and people of western Kansas. The clinic’s namesake, Dr. Geneva Herndon, founded the clinic in 1954 and started the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program. The clinic’s primary purpose is to provide undergraduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders and graduate students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology hands-on experience providing services in speech, language and hearing.

Nationally certified and licensed faculty and clinical students use the latest evidence-based research practices to provide clients with a high-quality, comprehensive evaluation and/or treatment program. Clients can range across the lifespan and may be experiencing a variety of difficulties. Services for young toddlers may focus on increasing the size of the vocabulary or length and complexity of the sentence. School-age children’s services may target social skills, oral language skills as well as reading and writing ability. For adults, evaluation and treatment is available for those who are experiencing communication and/or swallowing difficulties as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia or other degenerative disease (e.g., Parkinson’s).

In May, 2008 the Herndon Clinic was named as a RiteCare® Clinic, sponsored by the Scottish Rite Foundation of Kansas. There are over 170 RiteCare® clinics, centers, and special programs operating or planned for children located throughout the United States. These clinics have a focus on serving children who have difficulty with listening, speaking, and literacy skills.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions link for more information about the Herndon Clinic.  If you would like to help, consider donating to the Herndon Clinic or participating in in our annual Run/Walk to Help Children Talk Event.

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