The Kay Armstead Center for Communication Disorders (KACCD) provides clinical services in speech, language and hearing evaluations, as well as treatment. The KACCD serves both the SJSU and Bay Area communities.
Therapy is provided by student clinicians in the field of communication disorders. These students are supervised by a member of our faculty in every phase of the therapeutic process; goal development and intervention planning, strategy use, direct intervention, and reflections regarding response to intervention to inform decision making. Faculty are certified by the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association and licensed in the state of California.
Therapy is provided by graduate student clinicians in the field of communication disorders. These graduate students are supervised by a member of our faculty in every phase of the therapeutic process; goal development and intervention planning, strategy use, direct intervention, and reflections regarding response to intervention to inform decision making.
On-Campus Speech and Language Services:
This clinic allows anyone concerned with most aspects of communication to receive a comprehensive assessment with a detailed report. Most assessments take 2-3 hours. Areas assessed include accent modification, fluency, language, speech sound disorders, AAC, voice disorders, and voice femininization/masculinization.
The KACCD Child Speech and Language Clinic provides high quality clinical services to children from ages 2-18, presenting with a wide range of communication disorders. Our program offers individual and small group intervention for children with challenges which may include speech sound articulation, language understanding or use, social communication and the use of augmentative/alternative communication systems.
Intervention focuses on offering motivating and success-oriented activities to actively engage our clients in learning and demonstration of the identified target skills. Our students are supported in providing multiple and varied opportunities to address target skills, resulting in a systematic and thorough approach for supported learning and practice, building understanding and confidence.
Adult Clinic for Neurogenic Speech, Language, Cognitive, and Swallowing Disorders:
This clinic serves adults who have had a stroke, traumatic brain injury, degenerative neurological disease, or other type of brain damage. Clients have access to clinical services for screening and evaluation of communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders; for individual therapy; and for group therapy as recommended by clinical faculty and supervisors. The adult clinic also features the Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC) which uses a Life Participation model for aphasia therapy and provides individual or dyad therapy, conversation coaching groups, an aphasia-friendly book club, and an aphasia choir.
Adult Language Clinic:
The adult language clinic at Kay Armstead Center for Communicative Disorders (KACCD) provides support to adult clients with communication delays resulting from autism, Down syndrome, intellectual disabilities and various other developmental disorders. Sessions involve the clients in structured one to one and group activities focused on functional communication and social skills on campus and in the community.
This clinic provides therapeutic services for children, teens, and adults who stutter. Therapy addresses speech fluency along with the social, emotional, educational, and/or occupational impacts of stuttering. The clinic implements a variety of evidence-based contemporary therapy approaches and device-assisted therapy. Services may include individual and/or group therapy based on the client's needs.
Transgender Voice Clinic:
This clinic provides gender affirmation voice and communication services, including femininizing or masculinizing voice, speech, and communication styles to match the individual's gender identity. The Voice Clinic is equipped with advanced technology to provide precise and timely biofeedback to support individual needs. Services are primarily individual sessions, with occasional group sessions as appropriate.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. Some individuals who have difficulty speaking may require an extensive evaluation to identify an appropriate AAC system that meets their communication needs. We evaluate and provide intervention to help individuals develop the abilitt to operate and access their AAC system, develop language through alternative means, and navigate conversations while using an alternative means of communication.