Speech and Language Clinics

The Wayne State University Speech and Language Clinics provide speech-language services for individuals of all ages. Our youngest clients are approximately one year of age and our oldest clients are in their 80s. The clinics serve both as a community service agency and as an educational/clinical training laboratory.

The primary goals of the WSU Speech and Language Clinics are to provide the best possible clinical experiences for student training and to also provide outstanding speech-language services to our clients. The clinics serve as a community service agency as well as an educational/clinical training laboratory.

Individual and group therapy services are offered. We provide comprehensive speech-language services for the following disorder areas:

  • Fluency
  • Articulation
  • Voice or resonance problems
  • Language impairments

Common diagnoses include stuttering, childhood apraxia of speech, expressive phonological impairment, dysarthria, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, vocal nodules, autism, developmental delay, down syndrome, aphasia, acquired apraxia of speech, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's disease and language-learning disability.

Some of these diagnoses relate only to speech-language whereas other diagnoses will be made by related professionals.

Clinical practicum

For information about our clinical practicum for graduate students, visit the Speech and Language Clinics clinical practicum.


To inquire about becoming a client of one of our clinical programs, please call 313-577-3339 or contact Ms. Denise Walker at 313-577-8386 or denise.walker@wayne.edu.

The Speech and Language Clinics are located on Wayne State's campus in the Rands House opposite the Detroit Public Library.

Rands House
5229 Cass Ave
Detroit MI 48202


Monday, Wednesday (and selected Fridays): 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Speech and Language Clinics are open during Wayne State University's fall, winter and spring/summer semesters. The clinics are closed during the month of August.

Client and family information

  • Parking

    The Speech and Language Clinics are located in the Rands House building directly across the street from the Detroit Public Library/Cass Ave entrance.

    There are parking meters on both sides of the street as well as on adjacent side streets. Another option is to use Parking Structure #6 on Putnam Street which is across and down the street from our building (located on the south side of the Detroit Public Library). It is approximately a three to five-minute walk to our building from the parking structure. If you use Parking Structure #6, use the visitor entrance closest to Woodward Ave.


    Parking for the Parking Structure# 6 is $2 (first 20 minutes or fraction of) and $1 for each additional 20 minutes or fraction of. The maximum fee is $12.

    You will enter the Rands House on the southside of the building. This is an accessible entrance. Please take the elevator to the second floor and follow the signs to the waiting room.

  • Complaints

    Clients are afforded an opportunity to complete a client survey form once or twice each year to provide us with feedback. Family conferences are offered one to two times each semester to all families. This provides an additional opportunity to express concerns as they arise.

    A suggestion box is available in room 109 and clients and families may leave written suggestions in that box.

  • Fees/insurance

    The WSU Speech and Language Clinics do not participate in any insurance programs. Fees are based on a semester schedule (one fee for the entire semester).

    Scholarship programs are available but financial documentation will be required for scholarship assistance.

    Clients and their families should always use their insurance benefits IF speech-language services are a covered benefit. We are able to direct families to local agencies that may participate with their insurance plan. Billing is distributed once each semester. Timely payment of fees is a consideration for scheduling clients for subsequent semesters.

  • Cancellations

    Please call/leave a message in the supervisor's office if you need to cancel a scheduled appointment at 313-993-7430. Please be aware the frequent cancellations may result in a loss of service for your family member. Consistent attendance is required to meet the goals of our clinics. We cannot "hold" a schedule for extended vacations, illness, or hospitalizations.

  • Discharge from therapy

    The expected duration of intervention services may range from a single semester of therapy to several years of treatment. Many factors impact the duration of the services we provide.

    Family conferences are offered at a minimum of one to two times each semester and families will be informed of discharge plans approximately one semester in advance of the anticipated discharge. This rule is not observed in cases when discharge is due to inconsistent attendance or failure to make timely payments for therapy.

    Group maintenance programs are sometimes offered in our STEPSS Program when individual therapy is no longer warranted.

  • Client survey results

    Links are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

    Year Survey
    Springs/summer 2014 Parent Education Program (PEP)
    Springs/summer 2014 PLAY Client
    Springs/summer 2013 General Outpatient Client
    Springs/summer 2013 STEPSS Client
    Springs/summer 2013 PLAY Client
    Fall 2012 General Outpatient Client
    Fall 2012 STEPSS Client

Non-discrimination policy

Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities. As part of WSU, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients of the department's clinics. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the department's clinics are treated in a nondiscriminatory mannerthat is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.