The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders is an 8,600-square-foot self-contained unit located at University of Central Missouri. We consider ourself one of the finest facilities for clinical training in the country. Students provide diagnostic and rehabilitative services to children and adults with communication and swallowing disorders from the community.
UCM's Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders has fifteen treatment rooms with digital monitoring where, in addition to assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders, our services include an early childhood preschool for children with speech and language disorders and a voice and swallowing laboratory including rigid and flexible endoscopy. The center also contains a Functional Communication Clinic, an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic, containing an array of state-of-the-art AAC devices, and a Feeding and Swallowing Clinic. With the support of the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbia, the RiteCare Early Childhood Language and Literacy lab was developed to focus on the critical connection between literacy and success. Clinics and labs provide our students with special opportunities to move their learning from the classroom to the therapeutic setting.
There are two audiologic suites where assessments including hearing evaluations, immittance audiometry, video otoscopy, and otoacoustic emissions are performed. The hearing aid laboratory is equipped with the latest technology for the fitting and dispensing of hearing instruments.
A variety of current assessment and treatment materials are utilized during courses and clinic sessions. Computers and software to support clinical education are located in the treament rooms, labs, and in the student clinician workroom.
The center operates as a part of the university training program and functions as a public service to the university and the community. We actively follow a policy of non-discrimination in regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, and disabilities. Services are available upon request by appointment.
The Martin Building was designed and constructed to be accessible to persons with a disability(ies). Adaptive features include a ramp, elevator, automatic and wide doors, and restroom facilities.
Communication Disorders and the Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders are located on the ground floor of the Martin Building. This building is north of Clark Street, just east of the Union. Parking is available in the Visitor's Lot. Directions and parking permits are sent to clients at the time their appointment is scheduled.
Martin Building, Room 34
The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders (Center) is a training center for undergraduate and graduate students in the program of speech language pathology and audiology. Licensed, certified speech-language pathologists and audiologists supervise the student clinicians. Due to our low cost and location in the Warrensburg community, we have a large potential client list. We operate year round during University semesters. Scheduling of service is based on the student clinician’s class schedule and supervision availability. Scheduling for therapy services and diagnostic services takes place at the beginning of each semester, roughly early January, early June, and early September.
A Client Schedule must be completed each semester you wish to attend to indicate your interest in obtaining or continuing treatment services and when you are available. If you have limited availability in your schedule, for example only available at 4 or 5 pm, you can expect a longer wait to attend. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be accepted for services or when you will get a call, as appointments are scheduled based on the potential client list as well as needs and availability of students, clinical instructors, and physical space in the Center.
Client Schedules for Treatment:
To apply for an audiologic evaluation, speech/language or literacy diagnostic evaluation, please complete the appropriate Case History form and submit it to the Center by email or hard copy. When we have received your information, you will be contacted to schedule your appointment. After the evaluation, the clinical instructor and student clinician will share information with the client and/or guardian about the need and nature of further services.
Case History Forms:
*If you are seeking services for the first time, please indicate if you are interested in evaluation or treatment services.
The Center’s hours are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters (7:30 am - 4:30 pm during the summer). If you reach voice mail, please leave a message and we will return your call.
You may return your forms by email, by fax, or by hard copy in person or through the mail.
The Center strives to provide you, the client and/or family, with outstanding services while our students learn. Please see the Client Bill of Rights.