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
To initiate services as a possible client in the Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders, please complete the appropriate case history form and submit it to the Center by email or in hard copy form. When we have received your paper work we will call to schedule your appointment. The Center can be reached by phone 660-543-4993 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am - 5:00 pm during the Fall/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. The Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders is open year round during university sessions. Scheduling for therapy services and diagnostic services takes place at the beginning of each semester, roughly early January, early June, and early September. The Clinic strives to provide you, the client, with outstanding services while our students learn. Please see the Client Bill of Rights.
You may return your forms by: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you are seeking services for the first time, please indicate if you are initiating evaluation or treatment services.
At the time of appointment, following the evaluation, discussion regarding the need and nature of further services is led by the clinical instructor and student clinician with the client. Options are discussed with the client or guardian and questions are welcomed. You may be asked to fill out a schedule for Fall/Spring or Summer semesters.
If you are eligible for reduced fees, please follow these procedures: Sliding Fee Procedures