To our patients in light of COVID-19,

The Speech-Language Clinic and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic are open on a limited schedule. We are accepting referrals for new clients and are providing tele-medicine services to current clients using the Zoom platform. We hope to schedule some evaluations for fall via Zoom. Many evaluations will be postponed until we re-open for in-person services. You may complete intake and referral paperwork to be added to our wait list for an assessment or for treatment (if you have a current evaluation). Please call the front office at 360-650-3881 to request intake forms. Your call will be returned within 48 hours.

We are also scheduling current clients for cochlear implant programming. Please contact Dr. Douglas Sladen via email if you are a client in need of CI programming.

The Western Washington University Hearing Clinic is currently closed. We are not seeing patients for hearing testing or other diagnostic procedures at this time. We anticipate opening the Hearing Clinic for in-person clinical services in the winter of 2020-21.

Winter Weather Alert: Clinics operate on the same schedule as the university during weather events. WWU delays or closure will be posted on


The Western Washington University (WWU) Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has moved to a donation-based community clinic. We are located on WWU’s campus, in a state of the art, handicapped accessible facility, built in 2008. Comprehensive service programs for diagnosis and therapy in language, speech and hearing for adults, adolescents, young children, and infants are provided.

Services are provided by students in training, closely supervised by certified and state licensed Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists from the faculty and staff. Students are permitted to work with clients only after completing extensive academic and clinical preparation. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders' graduate program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA), meeting or exceeding all academic and clinical standards.

Family members and/or care providers collaborate with clinicians in developing short and long-term treatment goals. Family participation in therapy sessions is encouraged.

The Speech & Hearing Clinic is compliant with the Privacy Rule of HIPAA. Our HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices is available here (PDF).


The Clinic accepts referrals from physicians, educators, other speech-language-hearing professionals, allied health service providers, and directly from clients, as well. Referrals may be faxed to 360-650-4334.


*Donations are anonymous and are not required to receive services*

As of fall 2017, Western Washington’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics have moved from a fee-based to a donation-based system. 

This “pay it forward” model will enable us to serve more community members who are unable to access high-quality communication services otherwise. It will provide Speech Language Pathology and Audiology graduate students with diverse and unique experiences to transform their future clinical practice, influence their professions, and improve the lives of those living with communication disorders.

While donations are not required to receive services, your gift in any amount supports our efforts to provide clients with the services they need.

A gift of:

  • $10 allows us to provide a patient in need with clinic materials

  • $25 allows us to provide a patient a packet of diagnostic protocols

  • $50 provides two weeks of therapy for a speech-language client

  • $60 provides one hour of language or sign-language interpreter service

  • $100 provides a speech-language evaluation

  • $150 allows us to repair a donated used aid in the WWU Hearing Aid Bank (includes a 6 month warranty)

  • $155 covers the cost of a comprehensive basic hearing evaluation

  • $500 allows us to purchase a treadmill for vocal cord/breath therapy

Make your tax-deductible donations through Western Washington University Foundation  today!  Please specify the purpose for your donation (i.e. for clinic audiology services).

Policy on providing equal opportunity and prohibiting illegal discrimination

This policy governs all employees, students, clients, agents, groups, individuals and organizations who use University facilities and other members of the University community to the extent provided by law. Federal and state statutes prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran, creed and marital status. Western Washington University and a Governor’s Executive Order also prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Western Washington University Speech Language Hearing Clinic pledges to make every reasonable effort to implement this policy. Western Washington University Non-discrimination Policy, adopted by the Board of Trustees on 4/12/96 and revised by the president on 12/7/98

Clinic Directors

  • Lesley Stephens, M.A., CCC-SLP - Speech-Language Clinic
  • Rieko Darling, Ph.D., CCC-A - Audiology Clinic
  • Kimberly Peters, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/A - Aural Rehabilitation Clinic