United Way Outreach Program

University of Houston Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic United Way Outreach Programs. Support from the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast enables the University Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic to broaden its mission to provide services to the surrounding community through its community outreach programs. The mission of the University Speech, Language & Hearing Clinic: A United Way Agency is to provide services to adults and children for the evaluation, remediation and prevention of speech, language, learning and hearing disorders.

The Clinic is currently providing services in the following community facilities:

  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center
  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Health Center
  • HARC at UH Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
  • House of Tiny Treasures
  • KIPP Charter Schools
  • Audiology Clinic: Various locations

Magnolia Multi-Service Center and the Sunnyside Multi-Service Center

The speech and language programs at Magnolia Multi-Service Center and Sunnyside Multi-Service Center provide evaluation, screening and treatment for children and adults with speech, language and/or hearing disorders. Individual or small group therapy is provided on a weekly basis. Speech, language and hearing screenings may also be provided for larger groups during different times of the year. The speech and language department is staffed by a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and graduate students from the University of Houston Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Schedule of Services: Speech-Language services are available 20+ hours a week, year round, and we currently see between 20-30 clients a week. Evaluation and screenings are scheduled on a weekly or bimonthly basis.

Population:

  • Ages 18 moths to adult
  • Multi-cultural population
  • Multi-lingual needs
  • Both facilities located in high need areas

HARC at UH Sunnyside

The USLHC, in partnership with the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), provides a weekly drop-in Conversation Group for adults who have suffered a stroke or other neurological event and have difficulty communicating as a result (aphasia). The purpose of the group, which meets one hourly weekly, is to provide an opportunity for persons with aphasia to communicate in a supportive environment. Persons with aphasia are able to practice communicating using speech, gesture, written language or communication devices while being supported by the speech-language pathologist and the graduate students placed in the setting. These services are available to everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender or national origin.

House of Tiny Treasures

The House of Tiny Treasures is part of SEARCH, non-profit organization. HTT is a preschool and daycare facility for children whose parents are homeless, living in a shelter, or who have a history of homelessness and are enrolled in vocational rehabilitation programs. The University of Houston provides evaluation, group and individual therapy, pre-literacy enrichment, and screenings at this site. Parent education and collaboration with other therapy disciplines is are also provided. HTT houses two classrooms, a toddler age class and a preschool age class.

Schedule of Services: Services are provided year round one morning a week. Additional screening or evaluation is scheduled on an as needed basis. Monthly therapy meetings are used for parent and teacher education.

Population:

  • Ages 18 months to 5 years
  • Multi-Cultural population
  • At-risk population

KIPP Houston Public Charter Schools

KIPP Schools were founded to help students from underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. The USLHC provides screening, evaluation, and group and individual therapy to four KIPP campuses using an educational model of service delivery.

Schedule of Services: Frequency and duration of services are determined by ARD committee consensus.

Population:

  • Pre-kindergarten 3-5 years through second grade
  • Multi-cultural population
  • Multi-lingual population

Audiology Community Outreach Services

Hearings screenings are provided to various community facilities. A speech-language pathologist and graduate students complete the hearing screenings. Call the USLHC to discuss scheduling group screenings. Scheduling months in advance is recommended to ensure availability. The standard fee is $15.00 per person.

Schedule of Services: Fall and Spring Semesters (September - May).

Population:

  • Ages 3 years to adult
  • Multi-cultural population
  • Multi-lingual population