Center for Speech, Language and Learning

Providing language, speech,
voice and swallowing services for West Texas.

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ACU Center for Speech, Language and Learning

(part of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Abilene Christian University)

Duncum Center
1541 N. Judge Ely Blvd
Abilene, TX 79601
(Southeast of the main ACU Campus)

  • Treatment services are provided by graduate students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • All services are provided under the direct supervision of licensed and certified speech-language pathologists.
  • We conduct comprehensive evaluations through the use of formal and informal testing. The outcome of an assessment is expressed in a written report including clinical findings and recommendations.

Frequency of treatment services is determined according to individual needs. Generally, clients are seen on an individual basis. Family and caregivers are involved in the intervention process for education and generalization of communication strategies.

What do we do?


We assess, diagnose and treat disorders of:

  • Articulation
  • Fluency
  • Voice
  • Language
  • Swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Cognition-Language


We have group and individual programs for:

  • Speech delays and disorders
  • Phonological processing delays and disorders
  • Language delays and disorders
  • Childhood language delays and disorders
  • Aphasia (caused by stroke)
  • Autism
  • Voice disorders
  • Tongue thrust
  • Stuttering
  • Accent Modification
  • Parkinson’s Disease*
  • Swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Cognitive-linguistic disorders


Contact Us

For more information or to schedule an appointment, the Center for Speech, Language and Learning,

Katie Maxwell, Administrative Coordinator

Community Outreach

  • ACU Center for Speech, Language, and Learning
  • SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® *
  • Aphasia in Action Program
  • King David’s Kids (Autism Support Group)

* The ACU Center for Speech, Language, and Learning utilizes the SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® therapy model developed by Parkinson Voice Project for the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s and Parkinson-plus syndromes. SPEAK OUT!® is the first step in the two-part therapy approach and typically consists of twelve individual speech therapy sessions. Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, each patient enters the maintenance phase of the therapy program, The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of
speech therapy groups to help patients maintain the strength of their voices. The LOUD Crowd® provides ongoing vocal practice, accountability, support, and encouragement. By participating in LOUD Crowd®, patients have been shown to maintain their SPEAK OUT!® results for more than five years and counting.


SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® therapy sessions are conducted by graduate clinicians who are supervised by ACU faculty members who are both licensed and certified
speech-language pathologists. Learn more at