On-Site and Off-Site Clinical Services

The Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapy services for a wide range of communication disorders across all age groups. We offer services both on and off-campus.

Areas evaluated and treated include:

On Campus Services

On Campus Groups

Off Campus Services

On Campus Services

A student working with a child during a speech disorders session with kid activities

Child Speech Disorders

Childhood apraxia of speech, dysarthria (cerebral palsy/brain injury), phonological impairment, speech sound disorders/articulation, orofacial myofunctional disorders, fluency disorder/stuttering, and voice.

A student pushing a child on an indoor swing during a child language disorders session

Child Language Disorders

Development delays or disorders resulting from various learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, executive functioning, auditory processing disorder, language processing disorder, nonverbal learning disabilities); social language impairments resulting from Autism Spectrum Disorders; acquired brain injuries or concussions resulting in language and/or cognitive impairments.

Adult Speech Disorders

Acquired Apraxia of Speech (stroke/traumatic brain injury), Dysarthria (Parkinsons Disease/stroke/traumatic brain injury); Voice Disorders (Spasmodic Dysphonia, Vocal polyps/nodules, Exercise Induced Laryngeal Dysfunction, Parkinson's Disease); Fluency Disorder/stuttering

Two students working with an elderly woman during an adult language and cognitive impairment session

Adult Language or Cognitive Impairments

Acquired Aphasia/language impairments (stroke/traumatic brain injury/concussions); Cognitive impairments resulting from injury/disease (traumatic brain injury/concussion, Alzheimer's/Dementia, right hemisphere brain injury, Parkinson's)

Child Feeding/Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Infants and children with difficulty eating due to structural or functional problems in the mouth, throat, or esophagus resulting in weak or damaged muscles used for feeding and swallowing. Some disorders related to these difficulties include: brain injury, birth defects, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, reflux, neuromuscular disease, prematurity, sensory problems/sensitivity to textures, stroke, or structural problems such as tongue/lip tie.

Adult Feeding/Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

Conditions causing swallowing programs can make it difficult for individuals to chew and swallow their food. Conditions that are common with difficulty swallowing include: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease Multiple Sclerosis, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Alzheimer's disease, and head and neck cancer.

A student working with a child during a literacy and learning diagnostic session

Literacy & Learning Diagnostic Clinic

Provides assessment and intervention services for children and adults with reading and writing or other academic difficulties, including dyslexia, disorders of executive functioning and language-related learning difficulties.

Inside the Adult Brain Injury client room

Brain Injury Clinic

The Brain injury Clinic provides evaluation and intervention services for adults with language and cognitive difficulties including aphasia, primary progressive aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, Parkinson' and other neurological progressive disorders.

Students working together in the augmentative and alternative communication room

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Offers services to children and adults with severe speech/language problems that may need an alternative means of communication such as a low or high-tech (speech generating) communication device.

Voice Analysis Lab

Voice and Resonance

Evaluation and treatment in our Voice Analysis Lab for a broad category of conditions that affect a person's vocal quality. A vocal disorder can result from a variety of reasons ranging from long term hoarseness to vocal fold paralysis.

Voice Banking Session

Voice Banking

Children and adults who have certain disorders, such as ALS, may lose their ability to communicate verbally over time. Through voice banking services, recordings of an individual' speech are made, and a synthesized voice is created from the recordings. The synthesized voice can be programmed into an augmentative and alternative communication device.

Audiology Services session

Audiology/Hearing Services

Comprehensive hearing assessments and screenings as well as testing for central auditory processing disorders for all age groups. 

Following a diagnostic evaluation, a treatment plan is developed to meet the individual's needs. Individuals are scheduled for therapy and all speech-language services are supervised by certified licensed speech-language pathologists.

Contact Information

Email: centercsd@mnsu.edu
Phone: 507-389-6298
Fax: 507-389-2821
Office: Clinical Sciences Building 119

On Campus Groups

Social Connections Groups for Elementary and Middle/High School Students

Small groups of 4-6 children/young adults in three different age groups that focuses on building foundational social interaction skills. Groups are designed to help attendees learn social communication and relationship building skills in a supportive environment with a focus on fun.

Aphasia group photo of participants posing outside of Minnesota State MankatoAdult Aphasia Group

Group for adults ages 18+ with aphasia is designed to create natural conversation and interaction experiences with support from trained graduate students and a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.

LOUD Crowd/Parkinsons

The SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Parkinson’s program is a two-part therapy approach that strengthens the muscles used for speaking and swallowing by combining individual speech therapy (SPEAK OUT!®) with ongoing group therapy (LOUD Crowd®).

Five students in purple Rec N' Read tshirts with booksRec N' Read

This after school or summer literacy/reading program is designed for children who are struggling readers and writers and promotes increased literacy skills while building social skills and making friends.

Large group of Rec N' Read campers posing outside in-front of clinical science buildingCamp Maverick Literacy/Reading Camp

Summer recreation and literacy intervention camp designed to help struggling readers improve reading and writing skills while having fun and playing games.

Spasmodic Dysphonia Support Group

Group is affiliated with the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association (NSDA) and provides educational updates about SD to its members, increases public awareness about the condition, and it provides support and socialization for its members.

Mankato Chapter of Stuttering Association

The Mankato Chapter of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) supports adults who stutter.

Off Campus Services

Truman Public Schools

Providing speech/language services to students ranging in age from birth-adolescents in partnership with the Truman Public Schools. Program is lead and supervised by a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist and trained graduate students.

Memory book participants

Dementia Friendly Meaningful Engagement

Dementia-Friendly Meaningful EngAGEment provides patient-centered services for individuals with dementia and real-world learning experiences for our students to work with individuals with dementia. This program includes both our Memory Book program and our Garden EngAGEment programs.

Health Commons at Pond faculty working with child on floor

Health Commons at Pond in Bloomington, MN

This clinic is a joint venture with the Bloomington School District, Minnesota State University, Mankato Nursing and the Center for Communication Sciences & Disorders. This program allows us to provide FREE services to children in the Bloomington Schools that may need extra services or may not otherwise qualify for services.

MnCAN Aphasisa group, Edina campus

MnCAN Aphasia Group, Edina Campus

Group for adults ages 18+ with aphasia is designed to create natural conversation and interaction experiences with support from trained graduate students and a Certified Speech-Language Pathologist.

Concussion Training session

Concussion Training

Provides education to groups through an interactive, hands-on way, to promote understanding of the signs and effects of concussion. The program allows participants to explore human brain functions and to learn about traumatic brain injury protocols.