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Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center

About Our Speech, Hearing and Language Center
The primary focus at the Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center is to serve adults with communicative impairments and disorders. Referrals come from numerous sources including, physicians, health professionals and the community.

If you or someone you care about is interested in services from the Pacific Speech, Hearing and Language Center:

  • Contact the office manager at 209.946.2381 for a referral packet
  • Return the completed referral packet
  • You will be contacted as soon as an appointment time is available

Our therapy sessions are held twice a week, with each session being 60 minutes in length. We operate on a semester basis-Spring semester begins in mid-January, and Fall semester begins in early September. Each session runs for approximately a 12-week period.

A good candidate for referral is:

  • one who is able to attend regularly, has stabilized health, and has no overriding safety considerations
  • one who is able to access some form of reliable transportation
  • one who is unable to utilize other community resources because of difficulty with reimbursement.

The fee for one semester of therapy is $200 or is determined based on a sliding scale according to ability to pay. Our primary goal is to provide adults the service they need.

Who provides the therapy services?
The clinicians at the University of the Pacific's Department of Speech-language Pathology are graduate students. The student clinicians are supervised by certified, licensed speech-language pathologists.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality speech-language pathology services to individuals of the community utilizing best practices, current research, and individualized client-centered treatment planning.

What disorders do we treat?
Communication disorders in adults may arise from many causes including stroke, head trauma, neurological disease, surgeries, injuries, aging and occasionally unknown causes. Some of the subsequent impairment areas may include:

Fluency disorders: An interruption in the rhythm of speech characterized by hesitation, repetitions or prolongation of sounds, syllables, words or phrases. Stuttering is a fluency disorder.

Language disorders: These may include difficulty with understanding spoken language, understanding written language, or understanding the rules and contexts (pragmatics) of communication. Language impairments may also include difficulty in remembering, organizing, formulating and expressing oneself in words, phrases, or sentences to convey basic needs, feelings and thoughts.

Speech impairments: These may include difficulty in planning, producing, and coordinating the sounds of speech for clear, efficient, and effective communication. 

Voice impairments: These may be due to organic, functional or neurological origins that have an impact on the breathing, voicing, resonating and articulating systems of communication. Habilitation after a laryngectomy is included in this category.

Cognitive impairments: These include thinking problems affected by attention, concentration, retention, organization, sequencing, judgment, problem-solving and decision-making limitations. Sometimes thinking impairments occur with other communicative impairments.

Hearing impairments: These include acquired or normal loss secondary to aging that may be addressed through aural rehabilitation. Habilitation after a cochlear implant is included in this category.

Comprehensive Services

  • Expressive Language Functioning
  • Speech Clarity
  • Stuttering
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Word Recall Problems
  • Receptive Language Functioning
  • Cochlear Implants - Listening Therapy
  • Strokes/Cerebral Vascular Accidents
  • Cognitive Rehabilitation
  • Accent Modification
  • Memory and Problem Solving
  • Voice Therapy