Idaho State University Speech and Language Clinic-Meridian
Idaho State University Speech and Language Clinic-Meridian Fast Facts
ISU's Speech Language Program:
Is fully accredited by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA)
Has 99% Praxis (national certification exam) pass rates
100% employment rates for graduates
The only Speech-Language Pathology program in the state of Idaho
Offers an on-line pre-professional program (leveling coursework prior to enrolling in the master's program)that is one of only three in the nation
ISU-Meridian Health Science Center
1311 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
Check in at front desk and obtain a parking pass from the administrative assistant.
Clinic hours by appointment, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Monday through Thursday.
Services provided for adults and children include evaluation and treatment of:
- Articulation, Receptive and Expressive Language, Voice, Fluency/Stuttering, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
- Aural/Oral Rehabilitation for children with Cochlear Implants and hearing aids
- Communication difficulties following a stroke or traumatic brain injury (adult aphasia)
- Tongue Thrust
- Dysphagia (swallowing)
- Neurological Diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Myasthenia Gravis, etc.)
As a teaching institution, we are able to offer services at a much lower rate than a traditional outpatient therapy clinic. We bill insurance and offer a discounted sliding fee scale for cash pay individuals who qualify based on income. Please contact our billing office at (208) 373-1743 to inquire about pricing.
We accept all forms of insurance and bill directly for therapy services provided in our clinic. Clients will receive a monthly invoice and all balances are encouraged to be paid in full at the end of the Semester to be eligible for services the following Semester. We offer several options for payment for your convenience:
- Cash/Check/Money Order
- Debit/Credit Cards (now accepted in the clinic)
- Online Credit Card Processing
Toddler Early Language Learning (TELL) is a group preschool program that provides a structured environment that fosters speech/language skills, as well as social-emotional, intellectual, and creative growth with developmentally appropriate activities. Children participate in group and individual sessions tailored to their specific needs over a two hour period.
Infant Feeding and Swallowing Clinic
Diagnostic, treatment, and consultation services are provided for children with difficulties in feeding, including difficulty sucking, swallowing, and/or chewing; food texture issues; behavioral feeding issues; and transitioning from tube feeding to oral feeding. Therapy is provided by a certified licensed clinician who specializes in swallowing disorders.
Adult Communication Skills Group
Communication Skills Group for Adults with Aphasia: Group meets once a week for two hours. Group members participate with student clinicians in therapy activities to improve word-finding, memory, following directions and assistive technology. A two week summer intensive group and individual therapy program is also offered
Facilities, Equipment and Technology
The Speech and Language Clinic- Meridian consists of four individual therapy rooms with two observation rooms, a room for adult group therapy with attached observation room, and a fully equipped therapy materials room. The clinic also houses a Visipitch, three audiometers, tympanometer and multiple AAC devices.
Benefits to Students
Students in the ISU Speech and Language Clinic-Meridian receive experience working with a variety of clients to fulfill clinical requirements for licensure.
Timely feedback from on-site clinical faculty allows students to gain experience across the life span in a variety of disorder areas.
The focus of clinical education is ethical, functional assessment and treatment that enhances client's day to day lives in work, school and home settings.
Students gain clinical experiences in affiliated off campus sites such as hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, public schools, and private practice.
The master's degree program is designed to foster students' ability to adapt to the future, provide leadership, and enter the workforce in schools, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, private practice, or doctoral programs.
Professional Service Contributions
State and national professional association activities:
Provider of continuing education for community professionals through the Annual Winter Symposium in Pocatello (January) and biennial NSSLHA (student organization) spring conference.
Students and faculty are involved in many community screening clinics and provide screening services to local school districts, parochial schools, businesses (Hewlett Packard) and private organizations.
Faculty & Staff
- Shauna Smith, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinic Director, Clinical Associate Professor, 208-373-1720
- Jeanne Johnson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, 208-373-1728
- Gabriel Anne Bargen, Ph.D., CCC-A/SLP, Assistant Professor, 208-373-1722
- Mary Van Donsel, MSR, CCC-SLP Clinical Assistant Professor 208-373-1727
- Beth Guryan, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor, 208-373-1721
- Karrie Cummings, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, 208-373-1736
- Amy Hardy, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, 208-373-1724
- Kristina Blaiser, Ph.D., CCC-A, Assistant Professor, 208-373-1725
- Diane Ogiela, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, 207-373-1853
- Angelica Giesbrecht, Clinic Administrative Assistant, 208-373-1725
ISU-Meridian, in cooperation with St. Luke's Elks Children's Rehabilitiation, offers an annual summer camp for children who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices. The camp is the only one in the region and provides both campers and ISU student clinicians invaluable hands on experience.
Communication Skills Group for Adults with Aphasia: Group meets once a week for two hours. Group members participate with student clinicians in therapy activities to improve word-finding, memory, following directions and assistive technology.