Communication Disorders Clinic

The ability to communicate with those around you is central to a full and balanced life.

Minot State hosts the only full range speech-language pathology clinic in Western North Dakota. Services are provided by graduate and senior-level students under the direction of faculty who specialize in the treatment of communication and swallowing disorders from pediatrics to geriatrics. All faculty hold the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence and are fully licensed by the State of North Dakota.

A full range of prevention, assessment, and intervention services are offered.

The Clinic is open year-round from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and takes new patients throughout the year. Call 701-858-3031/800-777-0750 or email CD.Clinic@MinotStateU.edu for an appointment or for additional information.

DONATE TO THE COMMUNICATION DISORDERS CLINIC

Services are free of charge; however, donations are always welcomed. Go to MinotStateU.edu/give and select “Other” under “Designation” to make your donation. You can indicate the gift is for the CD Clinic.

 

Prevention, assessment, and intervention for:

  • Phonological disorders
  • Articulation disorders
  • Childhood apraxia of speech
  • Cerebral palsy

Check it out!  Minot State's Communication Disorders Clinic has special articulation camps for children needing assistance with residual speech sound errors including frontal and lateral lisps and /r/ sound production — for information on these camps please contact us at 858-3030.

Hearing difficulties are a major cause of speech sound disorders. Hearing screenings are also available at the clinic.

  • Clear speech is important and enables people to reach their their full potential.
  • Accent management helps people speak English with clarity and precision while maintaining their first language abilities.

Accent management services can be provided both individually and with groups of people.  

Prevention, assessment, and intervention for:

  • Stuttering
  • Cluttering

Most children go through a period of normal non-fluency as a preschooler. If these disfluencies seem like a struggle for your child or last longer than a few months, it is important to get a consultation.

The Minot State Communication Disorders Clinic has stuttering support groups available. For information on these groups please call 858-3030.

Prevention, assessment, and intervention for voice disorders associated with:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • ALS
  • Vocal trauma
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Syndromes

The clinic provides rigid/flexible video-laryngeal stroboscopy for vocal fold analysis. Call 858-3030 for more information.

The Minot State University Communication Disorders Clinic is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®

SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.  

Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another. 

Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call 701.858.3030/800-777-0750.

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Prevention, assessment, and intervention for:

  • Late talkers
  • Autism
  • Intellectual disability
  • Syndromes
  • Executive functioning issues
  • Language based learning difficulties

As many as 50% of students with behavioral difficulties, reading problems, or academic challenges in schools have an undiagnosed language disorder. For more information on how language affects academics, please call 858-3030.

Assessment and intervention for communication issues surrounding:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Deafness
  • Cochlear implants

Individuals experience feeding and swallowing difficulties throughout the lifespan for a variety of medical conditions. The clinic offers prevention, screening, assessment, intervention, and referral for people experiencing these conditions.

Prevention, assessment, and intervention for communication disorders related to:

  • Stroke
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Concussion (including return to learn and return to work)
  • Brain tumor
  • Progressive neurological diseases (Parkinson’s, ALS)

Check out our SPEAK OUT and The LOUD Crowd program for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

The Minot State University Communication Disorders Clinic is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®

SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.  

Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another. 

Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call 701.858.3030/800-777-0750.

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Assessment and intervention for:

  • Selective mutism
  • Autism
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Pragmatic language disorders

The Minot State Communication Disorders Clinic offers social communication groups for a variety of people. For more information call 858-3030.

You may have seen someone write in a notebook to answer a question. Maybe you have seen people using sign language or other gestures. You may have seen someone push buttons on a computer that speaks for them. These are all form of augmentative and alternative communication, or AAC.

AAC is used by people with a wide range of congenital and acquired conditions.

People with servere speech and/or language problems may need AAC to help them communicate. Some may use it all the time. Others may say some words but use AAC for longer sentences or with people they don't know well. AAC can help in school, at work, and when talking with friends and family.

For more information regarding augmentative communication services at the Communication Disorders Clinic, contact Dr. Ann Beste-Guldborg at ann.beste.guldborg@MinotStateU.edu or call 858-3046.

The clinic does not currently offer comprehensive assessment services for augmentative communication.

 

 

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