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Quick Facts

  • 400 - Minimum number of clock hours of supervised clinical experience required of master's degree students
  • ~2,000 - Number of children and adults served by clinical educators and students in 2015-16
  • ~700 - Number of preschool children screened for communication disorders in 2015-16
  • $35,000 - Donation made by Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo to support the UCF Listening Center's mission
  • 10 - Number of counties served by FAAST's Atlantic Region Assistive Technology Demonstration Center

Mailing Address

Communication Disorders Clinic
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
3280 Progress Drive
Suites 500, 300
Orlando, FL 32826-2215

Phone: 407-882-0468
Fax: 407-882-0483

Language-Based Reading and Writing Disabilities

What are language-based reading and writing disabilities?

Language-based reading and writing disabilities affect school-age children, adolescents and adults. These individuals may struggle with some or all of the following:

  • listening comprehension
  • acquiring and using new vocabulary
  • expressing oneself
  • sounding out words
  • rhyming words
  • spelling
  • reading without effort
  • retelling events orally or in writing
  • understanding what is read
  • using the mechanics of writing (punctuation, capitalization
  • communicating through writing at school and work

How can UCF help?

The Communication Disorders Clinic offers services designed to help those in need of therapy for reading and writing disorders. First, the individual will need an evaluation of speech.

Tell me about the evaluation

Comprehensive evaluations will be conducted to determine what aspects of communication have been affected. For details, see Initial Evaluation.

What is the evaluation procedure?

Comprehensive evaluations are conducted to determine the nature and severity of reading and writing disabilities. Prior to the evaluation, an intake form requesting pertinent information regarding language development, reading abilities, and writing skills needs to be completed. In addition, school reports, when appropriate, may be requested to assist in planning the most comprehensive and useful evaluation.

The evaluation is scheduled for two to four hours over one or two days. At the close of the evaluation, a clinical faculty member will discuss options for treatment if recommended.

What type of treatment is provided?

Therapy programs are developed to help individuals improve their unique needs in reading and writing. Efforts are made to integrate the individual's educational curriculum into therapy. Frequency of therapy services ranges from once a week to multiple sessions a week.

Application Forms

Adult application form

Child application form


International Dyslexia Society

RTI Action Network (Response to Intervention)

International Reading Association

Florida Center for Reading Research

LD Online (Learning Disabilities) 

Learn More

Faculty Interviews

Barbara Ehren - For Your Health
Professor Barbara Ehren discusses adolescent literacy on the "For Your Health" show, produced by UCFTV.

Part 1
Part 2


Jane Lieberman - For Your Health
Professor Jane Lieberman discusses disorders in language and literacy on the "For Your Health" show, produced by UCFTV.

Part 1
Part 2

[The clinicians] really pay attention to the patient's needs.
— Spouse of "Jeff",  a stroke survivor
The clinic has helped him with reading comprehension and math problems. We've been very happy with the program.
— Mother of "Christopher",  a child diagnosed with a language delay at age four
As a caregiver, the [clinic's impact] has been tremendous.
— Spouse of "Romeo",  a stroke survivor
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