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NMSU Speech and Hearing Center under renovation

The New Mexico State University Speech and Hearing Center, part of the College of Education's Special Education and Communication Disorders Department, will hold a shorter summer clinic this year because its audiology and speech language pathology clinic are under renovation.

The clinic is held in a ten-week session during the summer, starting in June and running through July, usually serving children whose families do not want their services interrupted during the summer. However, because of the remodeling, services this summer will tentatively be held July 7-31.

The three-phase renovation project includes an office and waiting rooms, which have already been completed. Remodeling in the audiology lab is in progress. Work will then begin on the therapy rooms and speech labs.

The center provides treatments and evaluations in many areas, including language and cognitive delays, articulation disorders, dysfluency and hearing testing. All of the services are provided by graduate students in the NMSU Communication Disorders program, under the supervision of the program's certified faculty. Nineteen students will provide services this summer.

To make up for lost hours because of the renovations, students this summer will provide services to the Las Cruces Public School District. Services also will be provided to hospitals, nursing homes and private clinics in Las Cruces and El Paso.

The number of students in the program has doubled since last year to meet the community's speech language pathology and audiology shortages. This fall, fifty-two students will be enrolled in the graduate program.

The center also is planning a program that will provide autism services for southern New Mexico, including Deming, Lordsburg and Silver City.

For more information about the summer clinic, call the NMSU Speech and Hearing Center at (575) 646-3906.