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Maryjane Rees Center - Speech and Language Clinic

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Since 1952, speech, language, and hearing services have been provided by the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, formally known as the department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. In the fall of 1970, the Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center officially opened. The name of the Center is in honor of Dr. Maryjane Rees who was the first instructor with a doctorate in speech pathology at CSUS and who led the program for its first 29 years.

Not only have we produced top-ranked clinicians throughout the years with our highly respected clinical education, but we have also positively impacted the lives of thousands of people across the life span by providing compassionate and quality-based services.

Donation Based Clinical Services

The Maryjane Rees Center- Speech and Language Clinic provides essential speech and language services for the community. The Clinic serves as the on-campus training site for the Master of Science (MS) and Bachelors of Science (BS) in Communication Sciences and Disorders programs, preparing them to become highly competent professionals in the field of speech-language pathology. MS students and speech-language pathology clinical instructors provide evidence-based services to people with communication disorders across the lifespan.

Our clinic relies on the generosity of community members to ensure that services remain accessible and affordable for all clients.

Speech and Language Services Overview

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We can help support the following:

  • Accent Modification
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia
  • Dysarthria
  • Expressive/Receptive Language
  • Gender Affirming Voice Therapy
  • Reading Disorders
  • Social Pragmatic Language
  • Speech Sound Disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Voice Disorders

1. Do I have to be a Sac State student or Sac State affiliate to receive speech and language therapy?

No. We provide therapy to everyone!

2. Is there an age restriction?

Since we are a teaching clinic, we do not have an age restriction as it is part of our students education to be able to provide speech-language therapy to people of various ages.

3. How can I receive therapy for myself/my family member?

You will need to fill out a questionnaire (currently available in English or Spanish). To be sent this form, email speechclinic@csus.edu with the type of speech-language therapy you are requesting.

Once we receive the intake form, we will evaluate your answers for possible enrollment in assessment clinic.

4. How long is the waitlist?

Due to our clinic being a training facility for graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders wait times vary depending on a variety of factors most importantly student enrollment. We recommend being added to the waitlist as soon as possible to strengthen your chance of being offered a spot in our clinic.

5. What is the time commitment for therapy?

Our clinic provides services in the Fall (September-December) and Spring (February-May).

Assessment clinic is a one-time, two hour appointment, scheduled on Friday mornings throughout the semester. After assessment, if our services align with your needs, you will be placed in the appropriate speech-language therapy service.

Therapy will be offered twice per week for 1 hour each session. Times and days vary, depending on type of service provided, availability of student clinicians and availability of clinical instructors. For more information, email speechclinic@csus.edu.

6. Do you offer therapy through Zoom or group therapy?

No. The CSAD MS program is currently accredited as an in-person, on-campus clinical experience. At this time our accredited curriculum does not include tele-practice for our on-campus clinic.

Based on availability, you may qualify for support via Zoom through NeuroService Alliance (NSA).

7. What is NeuroService Alliance (NSA)?

NeuroService Alliance was designed especially for adults with acquired neurogenic communication and/or cognitive disorders, led by a Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty. NSA has offered a broad range of services in the past including conversation-based groups, Communication Recovery Groups-Sacramento (CRG-SAC), weekly Aphasia Book Club (ABC) meetings that were offered in English or Spanish, and a weekly art class that blended creativity and communication. NSA has also included programs for persons and their signifi­cant others who are living with dementia, traumatic brain injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Finally, for those individual­als who benefited from using smart phones, tablets and other devices. NSA has also included programs in Creating Access with Tech­nology, to support improved competence, confidence, and independence with technology.

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Darla Hagge, hagge@csus.edu.

8. Do you accept referrals?

Yes. However we do not process insurance as we are currently practicing a donations-only model to allow for marginalizes and low-income communities to access speech-language therapy.

9. How much do your services cost?

As a donations only clinic we do not charge a fee for services. We also do not require or process insurance. If you would like to donate, the table below provides recommendations, however, any amount is greatly appreciated!

You can donate:

  • Online
  • Over the phone Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm at (916) 278-6989
  • Or by mail:
    Development Office
    Sacramento State
    6000 J Street MS 6030
    Sacramento, CA 95819

Please make check(s) payable to "University Foundation at Sacramento State" and write "Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center" in the memo line.

Autism and AAC

Our clinic serves a wide range of neurodiverse clients, including Autistic individuals and those with neurodevelopmental disorders. We work with children and adults to support their expressive language, comprehension, and social (pragmatic) skills. For clients who are less verbal, or have complex communication needs, our student clinicians can develop augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or aided communication plans using low tech and high tech supports.

Voice and Stuttering

Under the supervision of experienced speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the area of voice, this clinic supports a wide range of individuals. Student clinicians are able to support individuals who have pathologies or disorders that interfere with their vocal quality, such as Parkinson's Disease, vocal nodules, or vocal abuse/misuse. We also serve those who are part of the stuttering community, using a supportive approach that counsels individuals to identify and achieve their personal goals. Additionally, the Gender Affirming Voice Clinic supports individuals in developing a healthy voice that affirms their gender identity.

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Language and Literacy

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.

Location and Contact information

Phone: (916) 278-6601

Fax: (916) 278-7730

Email: speechclinic@csus.edu

Mailing Address:
Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street MS 6071
Sacramento, CA 95819

Physical Location
Folsom Hall 2202, 2nd Floor
7667 Folsom Boulevard,
Sacramento, CA 95826

Parking:
Parking permits are required at all Sacramento State parking lots. Scheduled clients will receive instructions regarding parking locations and permits from the Center prior to their appointment.

For additional parking information or to purchase a permit, visit Parking and Transportation - Visitor Information.

Staff

  • Kathleen J. Abendroth, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, (she/her), Maryjane Rees Language, Speech and Hearing Center Clinic Coordinator
  • Kim Celine Goyena, (she/they), Administrative Support Coordinator II

Hearing Services

The Maryjane Rees Center- Audiology Clinic provides much needed hearing services for the community.

The Audiology Clinic serves as the on-campus training site for Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) students, preparing them to become highly competent professionals in the field of audiology. Au.D. students and supervising audiologists provide evidence-based services to people with hearing and related disorders across the lifespan.

For more information, visit the Maryjane Rees Center- Audiology Clinic website


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