Western Speech and Hearing Clinics

Western Washington University
Academic Instructional Center
Mailstop 9171
(360) 650-3881 (voice)
(360) 650-4334 (fax)

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General Description

The Western Washington University (WWU) Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic has been in operation since the late 70s . The clinics 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), and here (DOC).

Audiology Services

Available to infants, children, and adults of all ages:

  • Complete audiological assessment to determine the presence, type and severity of hearing impairment. Otoacoustic emissions, electrophysiologic testing and other assessments are conducted to determine candidacy for amplification and/or referral for medical evaluations.
  • Evaluation to guide selection of appropriate amplification including hearing aids, assistive listening devices and cochlear implants.
  • Central auditory processing assessment and treatment.
  • Communication assessment for individuals with hearing disorders
  • Family-centered individual and group aural (re)habilitation to improve listening and overall communication skills for individuals who use hearing aids and/or implantable devices.
  • Hearing aid and assistive listening device consultation, demonstration, recommendations, and sales.
  • Hearing aid and specialty earmold fabrication (musician's plugs, swim plugs, monitors, and iPodmolds).
  • Consultation

Speech and Language Services

Available to infants, children, and adults of all ages

  • Comprehensive speech and language evaluation to determine the presence, type and severity of the deficit and the potential benefit from therapeutic treatment.
  • Enrollment in individual or group sessions for treatment in articulation, fluency, cognition, voice, swallowing, and/or language.
  • Assessment and treatment of language and literacy skills for school age children and young adults. These include: phonological awareness, reading development, language development, social discourse and written language.
  • Assessment and treatment in accent reduction and assistance to individuals in adjusting to language differences.
  • Consultative services to individuals, agencies, and school systems
  • Parent education programs offered on a regular basis
  • Assessment and treatment to assist individuals in accessing and utilizing Augmentative and Assistive Communication Systems.
  • Support of communication skills relative to community re-entry and returning to work.
  • Western’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic offers valuable services to individuals with communication disorders and their families from Bellingham and nearby communities. The faculty, clinical educators, and supervised students share their clinical expertise in our onsite clinic and various offsite facilities. The CSD Department provides over 6000 hours of clinical services annually to people in the Bellingham community. In addition, during their internships our graduate student clinicians collectively contribute almost 10000 hours of clinical service per year while working in the public schools and medical settings throughout the region.


The Clinic accepts referrals directly from clients, as well as from physicians, educators, other speech-language-hearing professionals and allied health service providers. For insurance coverage, doctor’s orders are frequently required.


Payment methods include third party reimbursement, cash, personal checks, and MasterCard or Visa. Clients may contact the Clinic Business Manager, who will assist in making financial arrangements on an “as needed” basis.

Clinic Schedule

The Speech-Language-Hearing Clinics are open during academic quarters.
There are 10 week Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters, and a 6 week summer Quarter.
The Speech and Language Clinic Hours are:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation Clinic Hours are:
Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Client History Forms:

Client Information Intake Form (PDF)
Adult Case History Form (Word Document)
Adult Case History Form (PDF)
Adult Neurological Supplemental Intake Form (Word Document)
Adult Neurological Supplemental Intake Form (PDF)
Child Case History Form (Word Document)
Child Case History Form (PDF)
Clinic Attendance Policy (Word Document)
Clinic Attendance Policy (PDF)
Social-Emotional Skills Intake Form (Word Document)
Social-Emotional Skills Intake Form (PDF)
Literacy and Learning Skills Intake Form (Word Document)
Literacy and Learning Skills Intake Form (PDF)

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


Click Here for a campus map showing clinic location
The Clinic is located on the Ground Floor of the Academic Instructional Center (East Wing), at the south end of the Western Washington University campus. Limited parking is available directly outside the clinic. Parking permits are available from the Clinic Receptionist.

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