In 1956, Betty Gallagher, a Buffalo State theater professor who specialized in public speaking, wanted to help children and adults speak more clearly — whether they struggled with a speech impediment or simply wanted to improve their elocution. She worked with the college to open a speech clinic in Ketchum Hall as a resource to the community.
In the ‘60s and ‘70s, the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic shifted its focus toward treating individuals with disabilities and operated under the auspices of the Exceptional Education Department. The clinic was staffed by an impressive slate of faculty members who specialized in voice disorders, stuttering, audiology, and provided supervision for students enrolled in the department.
Now, after more than 60 years, the clinic continues to offer an invaluable service to Western New York. As part of the college’s Speech-Language Pathology Department, state-licensed faculty members closely supervise graduate students while they learn to evaluate and treat communication disorders in people of all ages—from the 3-year-old on the autism spectrum to the 70-year-old who suffered a stroke.
The clinic continues to offer expertise in the areas of articulation, voice, language disorders, stuttering, and hearing. Its faculty remain committed not only to students but to the field of speech-language pathology and many faculty members have served or are currently serving in leadership roles in state and national organizations.
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