University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


The Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication:
Speech, Language and Hearing

Speech and Language Services

Speech and language services at the Eleanor M. Luse Center include diagnostic evaluations of speech and language, and treatment services for children and adults for speech, language, fluency, voice, social language and executive function and cognition. Consultations are offered for:

  • Public and private schools
  • Family and infant toddler programs (FITP)
  • Programs in early essential education (EEE)

Faculty participate on the following teams:

  • Interdisciplinary Leadership for Health Professionals
  • Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Team
  • Voice Center of Vermont


Services are provided to individuals with delayed and disordered articulation and phonological impairments, motor speech disorders (apraxia and dysarthria), and tongue thrust.

Services also provided for foreign accent modification to individuals for whom English is a second language and who still encounter difficulty being understood due to inaccurate pronunciation, intonation, or syllable stress.


Child Language: Evaluation, consultation and programming are available to aid development of language understanding, language use, speech production, and pre-academic skills.

School Age Language: Evaluation, consultation and programming are available to aid in language based academic skills for individuals with language learning disabilities in elementary school, secondary school and post secondary education.

Adult Language and Cognition: Our individualized treatment programs for adults address communication needs related to work, home or social settings. Treatment goals and activities can address recovery following a stroke, head injury or other neurological/neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's disease and Multiple Sclerosis; or secondary neurocognitive effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

Weekly Post-stroke Communication Group meetings provide opportunities for ongoing communication recovery in a small group environment at the center and in the community. Other communication difficulties associated with reduced hearing sensitivity, memory difficulties or reduced clarity of speech may warrant consultation when they are of concern to an individual or their family. Contact Mary Alice Favro or call (802) 656-1915 for more information.


Individual sessions provide assessment and treatment of stuttering of children and adults. The Lidcombe Program is offered through this center for families with children under the age of six years. A free weekly evening support group provides opportunities for adults and adolescents to use techniques learned in therapy and maximizes carryover of smooth speech to everyday situations.


Our Voice Therapy Program for adults and children emphasizes achievement of the best voice possible, healthy vocal hygiene, and prevention of voice disorders. This program is geared for individuals who have difficulty in production of adequate loudness, pitch, quality, projection, or who experience vocal fatigue. Therapy may be recommended for conditions such as vocal nodules/polyps, muscle tension dysphonia, vocal cord dysfunction (VCD), paralyzed vocal folds, and in collaboration with medical management. LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) is offered. We provide service for people who are transgendered and interested in working on new aspects of voice and resonance.

Executive function and cognition

Evaluation and therapy is offered which addresses higher level language and executive function, such as attention, processing speed, and working memory. Treatment goals and activities can incorporate skills needed for independent functioning at work, in the community and at home. Individuals who have experienced brain injury can benefit from continued attention to cognitive rehabilitation as they return to community, school, and work settings.

Last modified September 15 2014 01:53 PM