M.D. Steer Speech, Language, and Swallowing Clinic 

We currently offer the following programs:

Adult Speech and Language Evaluation and Treatment 

Evaluation and treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders in clients with varying neurologic diagnoses including but not limited to post-stroke aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., ALS, Parkinson’s disease, other dysarthria or motor speech disorder) are provided. Clients are seen weekly for individual and/or group therapy.  Therapy focuses on improving communication skills via a multi-modal approach. 

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic 

Evaluation and treatment services for severe speech and language disorders in adults with varying neurologic diagnoses such as aphasia (post-stroke language impairment) and neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS, Parkinson’s disease, dysarthria or other motor speech disorders are provided. Both technological and non-technological solutions are examined to support communication across environments. Prescription for a speech-generating device (SGD) may be made following evaluation. Therapy will address set-up and training for implementation of a client’s AAC device.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Aural Rehabilitation for Children and Adults 

Assessment and intervention services are provided in conjunction with audiologists for individuals with hearing loss from infancy through adulthood.  Individual and/or group intervention focuses on optimizing amplification with hearing aids and/or cochlear implants and other assistive technology. In addition, comprehensive treatment to improve or develop auditory perception and comprehension skills, vocabulary and expressive communication skills, as well as effective participation in a variety of interactive situations is provided.

Clinical Educators:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Jillian Hubertz, AuD, CCC-A
Lata A. Krishnan, PhD., CCC-A
Jeanette Leonard, MA, CCC-SLP/A
Melissa Newell, AuD., CCC-A
Jennifer M. Simpson, AuD., CCC-A
Anne Sommer, AuD., CCC-A
Shannon Van Hyfte, AuD, CCC-A

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Birth-Three Program 

This program provides early intervention services for children aged three or younger and their families.  Individual and group therapy sessions focus on collaborating with caregivers and sharing strategies associated with the development of communication skills in young children.  Children with communication delays and their parents participate in a naturalistic, play-based setting.  Birth-Three is held in the Child Center, room 1018 on the first floor of Lyles-Porter Hall on Fridays mornings.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

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Brain Builders Group 

The program seeks to maximize thinking, memory, and communication in a social setting for those demonstrating mild memory losses and who may have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Group cognitive-communication therapy is held weekly at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in person or via telepractice.  Individuals with more severe memory impairments due to dementia may also access services in the event that the need arises.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Michelle Gutmann, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Child Speech-Language Diagnostic and Treatment 

Children and adolescents who experience communication difficulties are scheduled for a comprehensive speech and language evaluation. For those who are diagnosed with a speech and/or language disorder, weekly individual or group therapy services may be recommended.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Anne Gritt, M.S., CCC-SLP
Tamar Greenwell, M.S., CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Christi Masters, M.S., CCC-SLP

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Gender Affirming Voice and Communication Training Program 

The Gender Affirming Voice and Communication Training program within the Purdue Center for Voice serves gender diverse and trans individuals seeking to adapt their voice and communication in a way that is safe and authentic, resulting in communication patterns that are congruent with their gender identity. Clients are guided to establish healthy and achievable goals, and they are in the driver’s seat when it comes to determining progress. Skilled training is provided in a structured approach in order to transfer new communication skills to everyday situations. This clinic provides affirmative therapy; a non-pathologizing approach to clinical practice that accepts and validates all experiences of gender. The lead Speech-Language Pathologist is registered on OutCare as a LGBTQ+ competent healthcare provider.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

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I-Eat Swallowing and Research Clinic 

The Purdue I-EaT Swallowing Research Clinic is a highly specialized clinic whose mission is to: provide high-quality assessments and treatments to patients, hands-on training to clinical graduate students, and to lead cutting-edge clinical research. This clinic features a c-arm for videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS), a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES) station, surface electromyography (sEMG), respiratory physiology biofeedback devices, respiratory muscle strength training devices, oral manometers (IOPI), and numerous other evaluation and treatment materials. Supervisor is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders (BCS-S).

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Jaime Bauer Malandraki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital 

The program is held at the IU Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, IN, where students evaluate and treat clients in an acute care and outpatient setting. Assessment and intervention services are provided for adults in the areas of dysphagia, motor speech, cognitive-linguistics, and trach/vent. Videofluoroscopic swallowing studies are performed in collaboration with the Radiology Department. 

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Dawn Wetzel, MAT, CCC-SLP

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Indiana University Health Arnett Outpatient 

Diagnostic and therapy services are provided for adults in the areas of voice, dysphagia (swallowing), neurological, and motor speech problems in an outpatient clinic setting.  Videostroboscopy is performed by speech-language pathologists.  The program is held at the IU Health Arnett Clinic on Greenbush Street. 

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Jaime Bauer Malandraki, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Laryngology Clinic 

Voice and upper airway diagnostics and therapy are conducted with both children and adults in a medical private practice setting. Collaborative evaluations with the physician and SLP include videostroboscopy and/or Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). Acoustic assessment, as well as respiratory muscle strength testing and training, is performed within the clinic. Evaluation and management of patients for tracheoesophageal prosthesis (TEP) after total laryngectomy is provided. Clinical supervisor is LSVT certified and registered on OutCare as a LGBTQ+ competent healthcare provider. This program is held at Lafayette Otolaryngology Associates (Drs. Berner & Hillsamer), a multidisciplinary private medical practice in Lafayette, Indiana.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP

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Literacy Lab 

Literacy Lab integrates traditional speech and language therapy with Orton-Gillingham based, multi-sensory/multimodal literacy instruction. Literacy Lab is designed to improve literacy skills in students who demonstrate difficulty with reading (decoding, word recognition, and comprehension), writing, and spelling. Instruction is heavily focused on phonemic awareness, phonics, morphological awareness, vocabulary, oral reading fluency, and comprehension utilizing evidence-based practice to build literacy skills in a fun and effective learning environment. The Literacy Lab is co-led by two licensed, certified speech-language pathologists who are highly trained in prevention, assessment, and treatment of reading difficulties and the science of reading.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Tamar Greenwell, MS, CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Pragmatic Language Groups 

Pragmatic Language Groups are offered to provide opportunities for children, teens, and adults with social communication difficulties to interact with peers, learn and practice skills for social interaction, and develop/maintain friendships/relationships.  Weekly, 90-minute sessions usually include interactive activities, outdoor time, crafts, whole group, small group, and/or individual time with the assigned clinician.  Social skills lessons are developed based on the needs of the participants and may include skills such as turn-taking, topic maintenance, compromising, accepting no, interruption, etc. whereby both direct teaching and practice occurs.  Different groups are available at different times throughout the year for specific age groups.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Tamar Greenwell, MS, CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Preschool Language Program 

The Preschool Language Program (PLP) is a play-based language-focused preschool for children ages 3-5 with developmental language disorders, or developmental language disorders in conjunction with other diagnoses such as speech sound disorders or hearing impairment. It is co-led by an early childhood specialist and speech-language pathologist. Language intervention is provided through daily classroom routines (e.g., group meeting time, snack time, outdoor play) and pull-out small group sessions. Each semester, enrolled children receive comprehensive and individualized speech/language assessments to monitor their progress and inform treatment. Peer models without developmental language disorders also attend PLP. PLP is a clinical program, which provides clinical education for graduate students in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.  The program meets Monday through Thursday mornings from 8:30-11:25 am, and program follows Purdue University’s academic calendar. The program also closes for orientation of graduate clinicians the first week of classes each semester.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP

Early Childhood Specialist/Educator:

TBA

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Preschool Speech-Language-Hearing Screenings 

Speech, language, and hearing screenings are performed at various preschools in the community, on-site at the M.D. Steer Speech and Language Clinic, or virtually during the academic calendar year. 

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

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Purdue Center for Voice 

The Purdue Center for Voice is a comprehensive voice and upper airway clinic within the MD Steer Speech and Language Clinic on the campus of Purdue University. The latest technology for acoustic and aerodynamic assessment is utilized to thoroughly evaluate a wide range of organic, neurogenic, and functional voice disorders, as well as upper airway disorders (i.e., chronic recalcitrant cough, paradoxical vocal fold motion/VCD). Individualized treatment plans are aimed at restoring optimal voice production, vocal health, and coordination of respiration and laryngeal valving. The lead Speech-Language Pathologist is LSVT certified.

Speech-Language Pathologist/Clinical Educator:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP

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Stuttering Diagnostic and Treatment Services 

The clinic offers a variety of programs for people who stutter and their families.  Therapy is designed to meet clients' individual needs.  Therapy with preschool and grade school children consists of individual sessions combined with parent support/training groups.  Adolescents and adults may receive both individual and group therapy.  Treatment emphasizes changes in speech patterns, and reducing the fear and embarrassment commonly experienced by those who stutter.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Lydia Kruse, MS, CCC-SLP
Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

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Summer Child Language Treatment/Research Program 

Each summer, a four-week child language intervention and research program takes place from mid-June to mid-July.  Four- and five-year-old children who meet the criteria established for research protocols participate in data collection tasks and intervention activities three mornings each week.

Child Language Lab Manager:

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Anne Gritt, MS, CCC-SLP
Jeanette Leonard, MA, CCC-SLP/A

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Summer Speech Treatment/Research Programs 

Summer Speech combines research on speech sound production and perception with speech therapy for 4- & 5-years old children with speech delays. Eligible children have a significant delay in speech development without accompanying medical problems, hearing impairment or other developmental delays, but may have language difficulties may be present. Children participate in individual and group intervention activities and data collection tasks two mornings a week. For more information, contact Françoise Brosseau-Lapre at fbrossea@purdue.edu.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Chenell Loudermill, PhD, CCC-SLP
Christi Masters, MS, CCC-SLP

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Quick Articulation! Program 

The Quick Articulation! program provides assessment and intervention for kindergarten students who are at risk for or demonstrate mild speech sound disorders. The program uses an individual high frequency/high dose service delivery model and incorporates phonemic and morphological awareness to support speech, language, and literacy development. The Quick Articulation! Program is held at a local elementary school in West Lafayette.

Speech-Language Pathologists/Clinical Educators:

Tamar Greenwell, MS, CCC-SLP
Chenell Loudermill, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Wellness Screenings 

Purdue employees and retirees, as well as community members, may have their speech, language, and hearing screened on advertised days throughout the calendar year.

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