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Wayne State Speech and Language Center

Wayne State University Speech and Language Center

109 Rackham Memorial Building

60 Farnsworth, Detroit MI  48202

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The WSU Speech and Language Center provides speech-language services for individuals of all ages. Our youngest clients are approximately 1 year of age and our oldest clients are in their 80’s. The Speech and Language Center serves both as a community service agency and as an educational/clinical training laboratory.The primary goals of the Wayne State University Speech and Language Center are to provide the best possible clinical experiences for student training and to also provide outstanding speech-language services to our clients.  Individual and group therapy services are offered.

We provide comprehensive speech-language services for the following disorder areas: 

  • Fluency
  • Articulation
  • Voice or resonance problems
  • Language impairments

Common diagnoses include:

  • Stuttering
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Expressive Phonological Impairment
  • Dysarthria
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Vocal Nodules
  • Autism
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Aphasia
  • Acquired Apraxia of Speech
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Language-Learning Disability

Some of these diagnoses relate only to speech-language whereas other diagnoses will be made by related professionals. 

The Speech and Language Center is open during Wayne State University's Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters. The Center is closed during the month of August. Programs run on Monday-Wednesday between the hours of 9:30am and 6:15pm and on Tuesday-Thursday between 4:00pm and 6:30pm. The Center is open on certain Friday mornings as well.

If you or someone you know would like information on becoming a client of the Wayne State University Speech and Language Center, please call the department at (313) 577-3339. 


Clinical Programs

  • General Outpatient Clinic

The Outpatient clinic serves clients in an after school program. Many, but not all of the clients are school age. Preschool children and adult clients may also be served in this program.

The Outpatient clinic is scheduled on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday between 4:00 and 6:30pm. Appointments are scheduled 1-2 times per week for 45 to 60 minute sessions. Schedules are based on the needs of the client and family as well as the available openings in the program.

The Outpatient clinic serves approximately 40 clients each semester. The Outpatient clinic also offers specialized programs for clients who stutter and for children with Autism. 
  • Speech Therapy and Education Program for Stroke Survivors (STEPSS)

The STEPSS clinic serves adult clients who have suffered some type of acquired neurological damage. Common diagnoses may include Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, or progressive neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis.

This clinic is scheduled on Monday and Wednesdays between 10:00am and 3:00pm. Appointments are scheduled on the hour and are 50 minutes in duration. Large group sessions are offered on Wednesdays. Specialized small group intervention programs are also offered for clients with chronic long term communication impairments. Clinicians and clients in the STEPSS program hold an “end of the semester” potluck luncheon each semester. This luncheon provides an opportunity for the CSD faculty and staff to interact with the STEPSS clients and their families. It also offers an opportunity for clinicians to meet STEPSS clients prior to the start of the Winter and Spring Summer Terms.

The STEPSS program serves approximately 40 adult clients each semester.

  • Preschool Language Acquisition Years (PLAY) program (summer only)

The PLAY Program is a 6-week summer program offered at the Wayne State University Speech and Language Center during the Summer Term.

The PLAY Program meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 9:30 and 11:30 in the Wayne State University Speech and Language Center. Each child attends the program once weekly for two hours. Many children continue services in our Center in the Out Patient program and others return to school based programs.

The program serves a total of 18-24 children each summer.
  • The Diagnostic Clinic

The Diagnostic clinic provides diagnostic evaluations to most clients seeking speech-language intervention through the Wayne State University Speech and Language Center. The clinic is open on selected days and times throughout the year with the exception of August.

  • The Intensive Stuttering Clinic & Stuttering Programs

The intensive stuttering clinic serves adults who stutter (ages 16 and older) by offering a multifaceted approach to stuttering therapy.  The clinic is a 3 week program that takes place at various times each year.

Individualized stuttering services for children and adults are available throughout the year.

Clinical Faculty

Clinical Supervisors

  • Marty Koonter, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Kristine Sbaschnig, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • EmmyLou Garza Prisby, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Rachel Lott, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Nancy Finnerty Moshier, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Karen Mulcahy, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Nancy Naperala, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Mary Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Emily Tulikangas, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Christine Waldus, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Callie Wolski, M.A., CCC-SLP

Additional Clinic Information

More information for current clients of the Speech and Language Center and their families is available here.

To inquire about becoming a client of one of our clinical programs, please call the department at 313.577.3339 or contact Ms. Denise Walker at 313.577.8386 or email denise.walker@wayne.edu 

For information on parking, click here.

Speech and Language Center Client Survey Results

Non-Discrimination Policy

Wayne State University (WSU) is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity in all of its operations, employment status, educational programs and related activities.  As part of WSU, the Speech and Language Center adheres to this same policy for faculty and students as well as for clients. Students, faculty, staff and persons served in the Speech and Language Center are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner—that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship or status as a covered veteran.


Communication Sciences & Disorders
207 Rackham Bldg 60 Farnsworth Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-3339
Fax: (313) 577-8885
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/csd
Email: csd@wayne.edu