Speech and Language Clinics clinical practicum

Clinical programs

  • General Outpatient Clinic

    The General Outpatient Clinic serves clients in an after school program. Many, but not all of the clients are school age. Preschool children and adult clients may also be served in this program.

    The outpatient clinic is scheduled on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday between 4 and 6:30 p.m. Appointments are scheduled one to two times per week for 45 to 60-minute sessions. Schedules are based on the needs of the client and family as well as the available openings in the program.

    The clinic serves approximately 40 clients each semester. The outpatient clinic also offers specialized programs for clients who stutter and for children with autism. 

  • Speech Therapy and Education Program for Stroke Survivors Clinic (STEPSS)

    The STEPSS clinic serves adult clients who have suffered some type of acquired neurological damage. Common diagnoses may include stroke, traumatic brain injury, or progressive neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis.

    Specialized small group intervention programs are also offered for clients with chronic long term communication impairments. Clinicians and clients in the STEPSS program hold an "end of the semester" potluck luncheon each semester. This luncheon provides an opportunity for the CSD faculty and staff to interact with the STEPSS clients and their families. It also offers an opportunity for clinicians to meet STEPSS clients prior to the start of the Winter and Spring Summer Terms.

    The STEPSS program serves approximately 40 adult clients each semester.


    This clinic is scheduled on Monday and Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Appointments are scheduled on the hour and are 50 minutes in duration. Large group sessions are offered on Wednesdays.

  • Preschool Language Acquisition Years (PLAY) Program

    The PLAY Program is a six-week summer program offered at the Wayne State University Speech and Language Clinics during the summer term.


    The PLAY Program meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Each child attends the program once weekly for two hours. Many children continue services in our general outpatient program and others return to school-based programs.

    The program serves a total of 18 to 24 children each summer.

  • Diagnostic Clinic

    The Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic evaluations to most clients seeking speech-language intervention through the Wayne State University Speech and Language Clinics. The clinic is open on selected days and times throughout the year with the exception of August.

  • Stuttering Program

    Individualized stuttering services for children and adults are available throughout the year.

Clinical practicum

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders' Speech and Language Clinics is one of the department's clinical practicum training sites for graduate students in the M.A. speech-language pathology program.

First-year graduate students in speech-language pathology (SLP) rotate among three practica teams. Two of these teams (outpatient and STEPSS) are based in the Speech and Language Clinics. The outpatient and STEPSS teams provide direct service to children and adults with communication disorders. The third team is the Head Start team. The Head Start clinical practicum is done within the schools. In addition to these team assignments, M.A. students in speech-language pathology rotate through two to three preceptorships to observe more intense real-world clinical practice. 

During their second-year, M.A. students in speech-language pathology fulfill their audiology requirements and request an internship for full-time placement during the winter semester.

Clinical faculty

Clinical supervisors

  • Marty Koonter, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Kristine Sbaschnig, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • EmmyLou Garza Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Rachel Lott, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Nancy Finnerty Moshier, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Karen Mulcahy, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Nancy Naperala, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Mary Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Emily Tulikangas, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Christine Waldus, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Callie Wolski, M.A., CCC-SLP

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 manner—that 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.