The ability to communicate thoughts and feelings is one of the most basic of human needs. The elements of effective communication involve speaking, hearing, and understanding. Communication disorders occur when one or more of these skills are compromised to the extent that they interfere with the ability to share thoughts and feelings with others.
The CSUN Language, Speech and Hearing Center (LSHC) is a non-profit, university-based clinical facility on the CSUN campus in the San Fernando Valley. We have been providing comprehensive diagnosis and therapeutic services to children and adults with communication disorders since 1960. Today, the Center averages over 12,000 patient visits annually serving a culturally diverse population which includes infants, children, adolescents, adults and senior citizens.
The Language, Speech, and Hearing Center offers 5 diagnostic/evaluation clinics and 12 speech therapy clinics throughout the semester calendar at CSUN. The Center also operates an Early Intervention Program (EIP) throughout the year. Our EIP program accepts client referrals from local Regional Centers such as North, West, and East LA, Frank D. Lanterman, Tri-Counties, and others.
Evaluation and/or therapy services are provided by our upper division Baccalaureate and Master's level students who are in training to become professional speech/language or hearing specialists. They work under the direct supervision of faculty supervisors who have professional certification and are licensed by the State of California. The department of Communication Disorders and Sciences is an accredited training program by the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
The Language, Speech and Hearing Center provides comprehensive evaluations of speech/language or hearing related problems along with a wide array of treatment programs which are performed in the individual therapy or group setting. Clients are enrolled according to the university calendar for the fall, spring or summer sessions. The Center is also involved in the early identification of communication disorders through its pre-school and elementary school speech or hearing screening programs.
Right now all incoming requests for Speech evaluations and/or therapy are being placed in a pool for upcoming scheduling. For therapy, applicants are placed into therapy based upon their diagnosis and needs of the particular therapy clinic. In order to be placed into therapy you must have an approved diagnostic/evaluation. For evaluations, applicants are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the office to request an application be mailed to you or download the application and return it to the office.
Our Office Assistants are all graduate students in either the Speech or Audiology field, and can answer many of your general questions. Feel free to call or email us with your questions any time.