Speech & Hearing Clinics

The Oregon Scottish Rite Speech and Language Clinic at Portland State University

We value our clients and their families
We are committed to providing individualized, evidence-based, family-focused, and motivating speech and language therapy to adults and children.

We are a donation-based clinic
Our clinical faculty work closely with graduate students to provide a full range of diagnostic and intervention services free of charge to the community. Donations are the cornerstone of our clinic. We rely on support from our clients, alumni and community members to maintain our services.

We train the next generation of speech-language pathologists
Our speech and language services are provided by graduate students under the supervision and direction of licensed, certified, speech-language pathologists with specialized areas of practice and research.

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Our services

We offer intensive, individualized, evidence-based services in a supportive, caring environment for clients and families. Clients typically attend two 50-minute sessions per week.

For our pediatric clients, we provide intervention that is positive, fun and motivating. We use a family-focused model that allows families to work closely with clinicians to engage in intervention at a variety of levels. Our clients love to come to clinic to play and pursue their interests while working hard on their speech and language goals.

For our adult clients, we partner closely with families and clients to incorporate their interests and priorities into each session. Each client participates actively in determining goals, and our clinicians guide them every step of the way to meeting their goals.

We receive referrals from physicians, health professionals, speech-language pathologists, families, parents, private schools, and school districts. You also can request services without a professional referral.

How to apply for services

  1. Fill out the application and mail, email or fax it to Toni Loveland, Clinic Office Coordinator, at: toni3@pdx.edu, (503) 725-9171 (fax), University Center Building, Suite 420, 527 S.W. Hall St., Portland, OR 97201.
  2. We will notify you when your application is received, and you will be added to our wait list. We will contact you via phone or email when a space opens up for services. The typical wait time for services is three to nine months. We have limited capacity and openings come up when other families discontinue services. We have the largest turnover in the fall term.
  3. We welcome you to check in via phone (503-725-3070) or email (toni3@pdx.edu) to let us know that you are still interested in services and would like to remain on the waitlist. The best times to call are during our transition times:
    -Sept. 1-15
    -Nov. 15-30
    -March 1-15

Assessment and intervention in our specialty clinics

Pediatric assessment: For children in need of comprehensive speech and language assessment. The focus is on determining strengths and challenges related to speech and language skills and providing recommendations for intervention. Assessments can be conducted in Spanish and English. Contact: Teresa Roberts at robertst@pdx.edu.
 

Speech and articulation: For children with a variety of speech sound disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech. The focus is on improving speech intelligibility and increasing communicative competence, while building and maintaining client confidence and motivation. Contact: Andy McMillin at andym@pdx.edu.

Stuttering: For children, teens and adults with fluency disorders. The focus is on strategies to improve communication through developing a strong understanding of stuttering and fluency while applying fluency facilitation, and stuttering modification approaches. Contact: Andy McMillin at andym@pdx.edu or for telepractice services via Zoom, contact: Megan McGill at Megann.McGill@pdx.edu 

Preschool speech and language: For children with a variety of speech sound and language concerns. The focus is on improving speech intelligibility and communicative competence in the context of play while building and maintaining client confidence and motivation. Contact: Claudia Meyer at meyerc@pdx.edu.

Aphasia support group: For adults with Aphasia and their families. The focus is on  practicing the communication skills in a supportive environment with others who have Aphasia. We use SCA (Supported Conversations with Persons with Aphasia) to facilitate successful conversations of interest to the group. Contact: Susan Ginley at sginley@pdx.edu.

Aphasia individual treatment: For adults with Aphasia. The focus is on individual communication goals related to improving  functional communication skills. Contact: Susan Ginley at sginley@pdx.edu.

Cognitive rehabilitation: For adults recovering from traumatic brain injury,  concussion, stroke, brain tumor, aneurysm or who have dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Primary Progressive Aphasia. The focus is on individual communication goals to maximize independence and participation with family and community. Goals are typically related to processing, attention, memory strategies, and problem solving. Contact: Aimee Mooney at aimee3@pdx.edu.

Gender Communication Lab: For the gender diverse individual who wishes to work on investigating and applying a menu of communication styles in a safe space. Styles include: language usage, pronunciation, word choice, discourse patterns, intonation and voice (pitch and resonance). The focus is on exploring and practicing communication to achieve a comfortable and congruent connection between gender identity and presentation. All participants take part in group, dyad and individual sessions. Contact: Jeff Conn at connjc@pdx.edu.

School screenings and evaluation services

We contract with school districts, education service districts and Head Start preschools to provide speech, language and hearing screenings and comprehensive assessments at affordable rates. Our clients include the Tigard-Tualatin School District, Newberg School District and Canby School District. We offer both individualized or school-wide assessments and screenings

Our screening and evaluation services include:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) speech and language screenings
  • Hearing screenings
  • Speech and language screenings
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) comprehensive evaluations
  • Comprehensive evaluations of speech and language

If your school would like to learn more about screenings or our comprehensive assessment services, please contact Claudia Meyer, CCC-SLP, at meyerc@pdx.edu.

Our team

Our clinical faculty is a creative, innovative group of professionals dedicated to working with PSU graduate student clinicians to provide the best quality clinical services and training in speech-language pathology. They observe every session in person or by live video connection to ensure excellent care.

Susan Ginley, MA, CCC-SLP,  Expertise: Aphasia
Jeff Conn, PhD, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Voice, Gender and Communication
Jenny Larsen, PhD, CCC-SLP, Expertise: School age language and literacy
Claudia Meyer, MS, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Pediatric assessment, bilingualism
Cassie Quinn, MS, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Dysphagia and adult medical 
Teresa Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Pediatric speech, language and literacy
Janet Lambert, MS, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Pediatric speech, language and literacy
Andy McMillin, MS, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Stuttering and pediatric speech sound disorders
Aimee Mooney, MS, CCC-SLP, Expertise: Cognition and language in adults

Getting to campus

Location: The Oregon Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Speech and Language Clinic at PSU is located on the fourth floor of University Center Building, 527 S.W. Hall St., Portland, OR 97201. Here’s an interactive campus map.

Parking: You may park in any of the PSU parking structures or on the street. When you start services, you will receive instruction from the Clinic Office Coordinator. Please allow extra time for parking, as the parking structures are often full.

Public Transit: PSU is a hub for streetcar, light rail and bus lines. More details are on the PSU Transportation page.

Questions: Toni Loveland, Clinic Office Coordinator, toni3@pdx.edu, (503) 725-3070
Toll Free: 1 (800) 547-8887 x3071

Community resources

Diversity statement

We value diversity

Portland State University and the Speech and Hearing Department promote the value of diversity, equity, and the recognition that it enriches our campus community by supporting and enhancing an inclusive and culturally respectful environment. The University, College, and Department do not discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Our code of ethics

The Code of Ethics put forth and developed by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association reflects what we value as professionals and establishes expectations for our scientific and clinical practice based on principles of duty, accountability, fairness, and responsibility. The ASHA Code of Ethics is intended to ensure the welfare of the consumer and to protect the reputation and integrity of the professions.

Learn more about the profession’s code of ethics