Students receive exceptionally high quality one-on-one clinical supervision with the goal of fostering readiness for independence in clinical practice.

The in-house clinic offers a variety of unique training opportunities including: 

The Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP) is a therapeutic communication enrichment preschool located within the Hearing and Speech Clinic. LEAP is an award-winning preschool that focuses on communication enrichment for at-risk preschoolers in group and individual settings. This program offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum with an emphasis on communication development and individualized speech and language therapy. 

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®) is a 14-lesson, 90-minute to 120-minute (Summer session), evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in high school who are interested in learning ways to help them make and keep friends. 

During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate 90-minute sessions and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. 


​Executive Functioning For Effective Cognitive Transformation (EFFECT) serves to help teens who have difficulty with the executive functioning skills that help them be more successful with home, school, and social activities. The teens who would benefit from these group and individual sessions are able to handle the academic rigor that high school and college offers, but fall short on the executive functioning skills. 

The EFFECT program works best if the student's social skills are not a concern or have been addressed through a PEERS® ​program first.

The Social Interaction Group Network for students with Autism (SIGNA) was developed for UMD college students who want to understand others, express themselves, and navigate academic and campus life in better ways without losing their individuality. 

What is SIGNA's purpose?

  • To help SIGNA members gain comfort and confidence with interpersonal interactions

  • To teach SIGNA members conversational and self-advocacy skills

  • To help SIGNA members identify and work on executive functioning skills that support personal, academic and professional success

  • To work collaboratively with the SIGNA members to develop their own personal goals 

  • To offer more opportunities for SIGNA members to make friends who will appreciate their diversity and individuality

Avoidance Reduction Therapy for Stuttering at the University of Maryland is carried out in a group setting where participants can benefit from the support of others who stutter.

The goal of therapy is to achieve comfortable, forward-moving speech that is free of struggle and control. Group members carry out assignments to achieve comfortable speech and reduce fear of speaking. Outcomes include the freedom to spontaneously say what you want, when you want; and to speak comfortably, confidently and efficiently.

The Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Emphasis Program (CLD-EP) is a limited enrollment program for admitted graduate students in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.


The program's primary goal is to enable students to recognize cultural influences on communication disorders, language, and society to reduce health disparities in vulnerable communities. CLD-EP helps foster an in depth understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity, including specialized clinical experiences designed to help students gain cultural and linguistic competence. This specialty track includes diversity-focused coursework, diverse clinical experiences, scholarly activities, and community engagement.

The HESP Bilingual Certification Program is a clinical preparation program for emerging bilingual speech-language pathologists.

The core objective of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become qualified bilingual services providers, by meeting the criteria set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). 

Students will acquire knowledge relating to standards, protocols, diagnostic methods, treatment approaches, and current trends in the area of bilingual speech-language pathology. The Bilingual Certification Program is intended for speakers of a variety of languages, and is not language-specific. 


The Global Perspectives Service-Learning (HESP-GPS) is a clinical training program for HESP students who seek a greater understanding of communication sciences and disorders in an international context.

HESP-GPS is the department’s premier educational abroad program that will provide students with a supervised and multidisciplinary, international service learning (ISL) opportunity for the reciprocal exchange of cultural perspectives, knowledge, and skills. Students will have learning opportunities in governmental and non-governmental organizations to gain knowledge and experience with varied healthcare and educational systems in under-resourced communities.

Graduate students will be able to earn clock hours and get hands-on clinical experiences, while undergraduate students will be able to get observational hours and participate in all aspects of the trip. By the end of the program, students will be able to demonstrate competence in clinical service learning using a culturally responsible, effective, and sustainable framework.

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