The Communicative Disorders Clinic

About the Communicative Disorders Clinic

Students, faculty, staff, and persons served in the program's clinic are treated in a nondiscriminatory manner-that is, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.  The CD Clinic and SFSU comply with all applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining thereto. 

The Communicative Disorders (CD) Clinic at San Francisco State University was established more than 50 years ago. The CD Clinic is an educational and training facility for master's level clinicians preparing to enter the profession of speech-language pathology. Our services are open to the public. Graduate students provide screenings, diagnostic evaluations, and therapeutic services to infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with various disorders of speech, language, and hearing.

The goal of the CD Clinic faculty is to educate the speech-language pathologist of tomorrow. In addition, the CD Clinic provides individuals in the Bay Area with much-needed, high quality services at an affordable cost. Because we are a training facility, we are able to offer screenings, diagnostic evaluations, and speech and language therapy services at a reduced fee. These services are provided during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

All diagnostic and therapy services are offered by appointment and are performed under the direct supervision of state-licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified faculty
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Speech-Language Pathology Services Offered

The CD Clinic offers speech-language screenings, diagnostic evaluations, and therapeutic services for both children and adults. One-on-one and small group therapy sessions are available to address:

  • Speech sound production errors
  • Developmental language delay
  • Stuttering and fluency disorders
  • Oral motor disorders
  • Stuttering and fluency disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Communicative disorders associated with hearing impairment
  • Communicative disorders resulting from brain injury, stroke, or neuromuscular disability
  • Speech production disorders resulting from craniofacial conditions
  • Central Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Accent modification
  • Language enrichment for preschoolers

Individual and small group therapy sessions are typically scheduled for 55 minutes, one to two times per week. Family participation is highly encouraged.

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Speech and Language Clinics

  • Child Speech-Language Clinics. Individual and group treatment for child clients who have been recommended for speech and/or language treatment for a variety of needs. The treatment sessions meet two times per week for approximately 55 minutes each session.
  • Adult Speech-Language Clinics. Individual and group treatment for adult clients who have been recommended for speech and/or language treatment for a variety of needs, including aphasia, motor speech disorders, and traumatic brain injury. Individual and/or group sessions are scheduled for approximately 90 minutes.
  • Accent Modification Clinic for Adults

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Getting Services at the CD Clinic

Anyone interested in receiving services at the SFSU CD Clinic is welcome to contact our office for more information or to receive an application packet by mail. The application packet consists of:

  1. Application Form for Services (Español: Aplicación Para Servicios),
  2. Statement of Understanding of Clinic Purposes & Fees (Español: La Declaración para Comprender los Propósitos de la Clínica)

Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm

Phone: 415.338.1001


Fax: 415.338.0916


No referrals are required. Services are offered on a first-come-first serve basis, and as clinic openings become available that address a client's specific needs. If services are not immediately available, clients are placed on a waitlist.

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Directions and Parking

The CD Clinic is located on the ground floor of Burk Hall on the San Francisco State University (SFSU) main campus. Please visit SFSU maps.

Parking is available within walking distance of the CD Clinic. Parking at SFSU is $4 for two hours and $7 for the day (Daily permits expire at midnight). Detailed directions to SFSU and information about parking are available at sfsu parking information.

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The CD Clinic was designed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Adaptive features include elevators, amplified telephones, and wheelchair-friendly water fountains and rest rooms.

To park in any blue zone, guests with a DMV placard/ license plate should obtain a guest parking permit or call the Department of Public Safety (415.338.7200) upon arrival. For those who need assistance, transportation from Burk Hall to the parking lot is available through the Disability Programs and Resource Center on campus.

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A modest fee is charged for most services offered in the CD Clinic. There is a sliding scale and no client will be denied services because of inability to pay. The CD Clinic appreciates gifts from those who wish to make additional donations.

Clinical Services Fee Schedule
Clinical Service Fee
Twice weekly therapy services  $550 per semester (12 weeks)
Once weekly therapy services $225 per semester (12 weeks)
Diagnostic evaluation services $75 per evaluation
Medicare clients No fee

We do not bill insurance providers or other providers for services. A sliding scale is available for all clients and nobody will be turned away due to lack of ability to pay. The sliding scale ranges from full fees to no fee.

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Clients’ Rights

The Communicative Disorders Program and Clinic complies with all applicable federal, state, and local laws prohibiting discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, genetic information, citizenship, and status as a covered veteran (e.g., the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 [to the Higher Education Act of 1965], the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam-Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act [USERRA], the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act [GINA], the Immigration Reform and Control Act [IRCA], and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 [CSRA], and all amendments to the foregoing).

Clients have the right:

  • To receive high quality, accessible, and culturally sensitive care.

  • To be treated with respect, consideration, dignity, and concern for privacy.

  • To receive treatment and care without discrimination with regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, ability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.

  • To receive services on a sliding scale and no client will be denied services because of inability to pay.

  • To maintain the confidentiality of patient medical records and disclosures.

  • To know one's provider's name, specialty, and position; to have access, upon request, of the Communicative Disorders Clinic process to verify provider credentials; and to change provider if requested, depending on availability.

  • To have anyone they wish present during services, such as family members, an assistant, or chaperone.

  • To receive complete, current information regarding diagnosis, treatment, alternate methods, and any potential consequences of treatment refusal.

  • To have access to other clinical opinions before making treatment decisions.

  • To have been provided, as required by law, a Notice of the Communicative Disorders Clinic Privacy Practices.

  • To express any dissatisfaction to one's Graduate Student Clinician, the Clinical Supervisor, the Communicative Disorders Clinic staff, or the Communicative Disorders Clinic Director.  

  • To have information accessible from the Communicative Disorders Program Clinic Office staff regarding protocol and procedure for client comments, suggestions or grievances.

  • To be informed of personal responsibilities involved in seeking speech-language therapy,  and maintaining communicative health after treatment.

  • To have access to materials providing information about  communicative disorders. .

  • To be informed of the right to refuse to participate in any research conducted at the Communicative Disorders Clinic.

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Clients’ Responsibilities

  • To present details of condition in a clear, direct manner.

  • To respond to other clients, student clinicians, clinical educators, and clinic staff with respect and consideration.

  • To ask for clarification if information or instructions are not understood.

  • To be on time for appointments, and if unable to keep an appointment, to cancel immediately so student clinicians and clinical educators can provide appropriate support.

  • To assist student clinical and clinical educator in developing and individualized quality treatment plan.

  • To pay any billed charges.

  • To express grievances to the appropriate person as defined on our website and information sheets.

Communicative health is a collaboration between client and clinician.


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