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United Way Outreach Program

University of Houston Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic United Way Outreach Programs

Support from the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast enables the Universiity Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic: A Unted Way agency (USLHC) to broaden its mission to provide services to the surrounding community through its community outreach programs. The mission of the USLHC is to provide services to adults and children for the evaluation, remediation and prevention of speech, language, learning and hearing disorders.

The Clinic is currently providing services in the following community facilities:

  • Magnolia Multi-Service Center
  • Third Ward Multi-Service Health Center
  • House of Tiny Treasures
  • KIPP Charter Schools
  • MeyerPark Elementary School
  • Audiology Clinic: Various locations

Magnolia Multi-Service Center

The speech and language programs at Magnolia Multi-Service Center and Third Ward Multi-Service Center provide evaluation, screening and treatment for children and adults with speech, language and/or hearing disorders. Individual or small group therapy is provided on a weekly basis. Speech, language and hearing screenings may also be provided for larger groups during different times of the year. The speech and language department is staffed by a licensed, certified speech-language pathologist and graduate students from the University of Houston Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Schedule of Services: Speech-Language services are available 20+ hours a week, year round, and we currently see between 20-30 clients a week. Evaluation and screenings are scheduled on a weekly or biweekly basis..


  • Ages 18 moths to adult
  • Multi-cultural population
  • Multi-lingual needs
  • Both facilities located in high need areas

HARC at UH Third Ward Multi-Service Center

The USLHC, in partnership with the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC), provides a weekly drop-in Conversation Group for adults who have suffered a stroke or other neurological event and have difficulty communicating as a result (aphasia). The purpose of the group, which meets one hourly weekly, is to provide an opportunity for persons with aphasia to communicate in a supportive environment. Persons with aphasia are able to practice communicating using speech, gesture, written language or communication devices while being supported by the speech-language pathologist and the graduate students placed in the setting. These services are available to everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender or national origin.

House of Tiny Treasures

The House of Tiny Treasures is part of SEARCH, non-profit organization. HTT is a preschool facility for children whose parents are homeless, living in a shelter, or who have a history of homelessness and are enrolled in vocational rehabilitation programs. The University of Houston provides evaluation, group and individual therapy, pre-literacy enrichment, and screenings at this site. Parent education and collaboration with other therapy disciplines is are also provided. HTT houses four classrooms, ranging in age from toddler to pre-K.

Schedule of Services: Services are provided year round one morning a week. Screenings for all students  occur at least once a year and upon request, and evaluations are conducted on an as needed basis. 


  • Ages 18 months to 5 years
  • Multi-Cultural population
  • At-risk population

KIPP Houston Public Charter Schools

KIPP Schools were founded to help students from underserved communities develop the knowledge, skills, character and habits needed to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. The USLHC provides screening, evaluation, and group and individual therapy to four KIPP campuses using an educational model of service delivery.

Schedule of Services: Frequency and duration of services are determined by ARD committee consensus.


  • Pre-kindergarten 3-5 years through second grade
  • Multi-cultural population
  • Multi-lingual population

MeyerPark Elementary School

MeyerPark Elementary School is a charter school serving Pre-K through 6th Grade, with the mission of providing a supportive, challenging elementary school atmosphere and an educational alternative to traditional public school.  Strengthening family-child bonds is an integral part of the MeyerPark environment.

Audiology Community Outreach Services

Hearing screenings are provided to various community facilities. A speech-language pathologist and graduate students complete the hearing screenings. Call the USLHC to discuss scheduling group screenings. Scheduling months in advance is recommended to ensure availability. The standard fee is $15.00 per person.

Schedule of Services: Fall and Spring Semesters (September - May).


  • Ages 3 years to adult
  • Multi-cultural population
  • Multi-lingual population