For nearly 50 years, the Center has provided quality diagnostic and treatment programs for individuals of all ages from the greater metropolitan area of Columbia, S.C. Because the Center is housed within the COMD department, it always benefits from being informed by the latest research in the field, with the researchers sharing office space and often seeing patients as well. Master's and doctoral students (we award approximately 60-65 master's and 8-10 doctoral degrees each year) also benefit from the intersection of the Center and department faculty/research labs, which helps prepare the next generation of speech-language pathologists and communication science and disorders researchers.
The team works to give clients the highest quality and most effective evaluation and treatment in order to improve their social, educational and vocational participation. The Center serves individuals of all ages with problems such as articulation, stuttering, selective mutism, voice, language and literacy/reading, Parkinson’s, hearing, etc., logging 6,000 patient visits and approximately 225 patient outreach hours per year. The Center also houses one of only two Cochlear Implant/Auditory-Verbal Programs in the state (the only one in the Midlands), which has given the gift of sound to over 600 hearing-impaired individuals.
Through excellence in teaching, service, and research, the Center aims to meet the needs of this diverse community with regard to the nature, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders and disabilities.