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Communication Sciences and Disorders

Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology and Audiology) at Sacramento State offers an impressive level of expertise to the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center ("the clinic"), housed within the department, provides assessment and treatment services for a wide variety of children and adults with communication disorders. Providing innovative, evidence-based assessment and treatment methodologies to those seeking to improve their functional communication skills has been a primary focus of speech and language therapy offered in our clinic. All assessments and therapy are conducted by graduate student clinicians under direct supervision of department faculty. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in our field. They possess both national certification and state licenses in speech-language pathology or audiology.


Assessment and therapy are available for children, teens, and adults with communication challenges associated with the following areas:

Receptive Language Cognition
Expressive Language Traumatic Brain Injury
Social Pragmatic Language Voice Disorders
Reading Disorders Alaryngeal Speech
Speech Sound Disorders Cleft Palate
Stuttering Transgender Voice Therapy
Apraxia Accent Modification
Dysarthria Hearing Loss
Aphasia Auditory Processing

Therapy is provided in individual and small-group formats.


Professionals and students who are non-native American-English speakers can improve their American-English speaking skills for academic, social and business enhancement. Individual and group therapy sessions are customized to the communication needs of each client using functional communication activities. Improved communication skills can help a person achieve expected performance standards in both academic and professional settings.

Accent Modification services benefit:

  • International students and faculty
  • Business professionals
  • Allied health and medical practitioners
  • Clergy and other leaders
  • Customer service and
  • telecommunications professionals


The Sac State Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology has the equipment and faculty to provide videostroboscopic examinations of the velopharyngeal port, laryngopharynx and larynx by both flexible nasoendoscopy and rigid endoscopy. Our endoscopy stack includes the 9200 C computer and 9400 Laryngeal Strobe by KayPentax. This affords us the ability to print video stills as well as to record a full examination on a thumb drive for export and evaluation. We also conduct computer-assisted voice analyses with VisiPitch and the Nasometer for further objective measurements.


The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology continues to be a leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of language-based reading disorders.

In order to read and write, children must first develop solid language abilities, including a strong oral vocab­ulary and grammar comprehension. Reading and writ­ing also depend on auditory processing and compre­hension, phonological awareness, verbal expression, letter-sound correspondence, and fluent decoding skills. Speech and language therapy provides support for the development and growth of these skills, pro­moting children and adolescent’s ability to access their academic curriculum.

Our clinic offers comprehensive language-literacy evaluations conducted by student clinicians who, in collaboration with Clinical Instructors, determine ap­propriate recommendations and provide individual and small-group clinic-based sessions to individuals with language-based reading problems and developmental reading disabilities, including dyslexia.

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NEURO SERVICE ALLiANCE (NeuroSA) is designed espe­cially for adults with acquired neurogenic communication and/or cognitive disorders. Within NeuroSA, a broad range of services are available including traditional therapy provided by supervised graduate clinicians, and a vari­ety of group-based programs provided by trained and supervised undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

This program includes a variety of op­portunities for persons with aphasia. These aphasia-friendly activities include conversation-based groups, Communication Recovery Groups-Sacramento (CRG-SAC), weekly Aphasia Book Club (ABC) meetings that are offered in English or Spanish, and a weekly art class that blends creativity and communication. Future growth within NeuroSA includes programs for persons and their signifi­cant others who are living with dementia, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Finally, for those individu­als who may benefit from using smart phones, tablets and other devices, a future program, Creating Access with Tech­nology, will offer interested individuals with invaluable training and practice to support improved competence, confidence, and independence with technology.

In addition, our on-campus clinic provides exception­al individual speech and language therapy for those individuals of all ages who are experiencing neurogenic cognitive-communication deficits associated with stroke, brain injury, concussion, progressive disorders, and other neurological impairment. Therapy sessions are designed to maximize the cognitive and/or commu­nication abilities of individual clients and utilize broad communication or cognitive strategies. Our faculty provide expert knowledge and real-world experience to guide and support student clinicians, ensuring skillful therapy that is sensitive to the needs of each client.

TRANSitions Voice Clinic

The TRANSitions Voice Clinic is dedicated to in­dividuals who want to use a healthy, normal voice in their chosen professional, personal, and gender roles. The clinic is designed to educate and train clients in producing voice with optimum qualities in a sustainable manner so that individuals can present themselves in a way that they are comfort­able with across situations and settings.

The TRANSitions Voice Clinic is part of the Mary­jane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center at Sacramento State, an education and training facility preparing students for careers in speech-language pathology and audiology. The TRAN­Sitions clinic specializes in the evaluation and treatment of conditions that limit one’s ability to communicate freely. This includes non-verbal communication such as gesture, facial expression, and posture as well as the melody, rhythm, and length of speech.


  • The TRANSitions voice clinic is scheduled as 70-minute sessions twice a week for twelve weeks.
  • Twenty minutes are given to group voice instruction or conversation if there are interesting legal and/or politi­cal events of interest to clients and clinicians.
  • 50 minutes are devoted to individual sessions between student therapist and client.
  • If the clinic is over-enrolled, sessions may be conducted in small groups if the client agrees to the arrangement.


Students, clinicians and clients also simply socialize to­gether in the evenings at the end of a few clinic sessions each semester. We go to dinner, play cards or Bunko, have a potluck, take a walk along the river at Sac State, or learn something together like how to crochet. We just spend time together as people, eat, chat, tell stories, try to win at cards. These activities are offered, but are not required.


“My dad was a professor at Sac State when he had his stroke. The Center has given him a special opportunity to relearn communication skills while continuing his passion—teaching students.” —Daughter

“I have seen so much improvement. Going to the clinic has helped him stay determined and wanting to continue to learn. He is more independent, more confident and happier. It’s exciting to see!” —Wife

“(I like) everything! My speech is getting better and better and better. It’s exciting now! It will never be different but now it’s fine and I’m excited!” —Client

“I am forever grateful to this clinic for helping my little girl find her voice.”


Brochures, Handouts and Other Resources

Maryjane Rees Language Speech and Hearing Center Brochure.pdf

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