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
Communication Disorders Clinic
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida 3280 Progress Drive Suites 500, 300 Orlando, FL 32826-2215
Oral Language Disabilities
What is a language disability?
A language disability occurs when an individual's listening or
speaking skills interfere with communicating needs, feelings and
thoughts with others. A language disability can affect how an
individual learns and uses sounds, words and sentences. Language
disabilities also interfere with the development of reading and
written expression, which can affect school and work performance.
An individual with a language disability will struggle with:
acquiring and using new vocabulary
expressing oneself in complete thoughts
retelling events orally or in writing
understanding what is read
participating in groups
How can UCF help?
The Communication Disorders Clinic offers services designed to
help those in need of therapy for language disabilities.
What is the evaluation procedure?
The first step in determining an individual's needs is to gather
a history of the pertinent information regarding development of
early language skills, such as first words and sentences. For
school-age children, the history will also provide information on
the development of literacy skills and current school achievement.
For adults, the history will provide information about social and
work related activities.
Clients who have had other evaluations or previous therapy
should provide copies of reports when returning the UCF case
The case history and other information provided will be used to
plan a comprehensive evaluation that assesses specific strengths
and abilities in all areas of listening, speaking, reading and
The scheduled evaluation sessions take two-to-four hours over
one or two days. A written report of the evaluation will be
completed within two weeks and results and options for treatment,
if recommended, will be discussed with clients and their families
by a clinical faculty member.
What type of treatment is provided?
Treatment plans are designed to address the individual's
specific strengths and abilities determined from the comprehensive
evaluation. Suggested long-term goals are discussed with the
individual. Short-term goals are selected that can be reasonably
achieved by the end of the semester treatment period. Progress
towards treatment outcomes is measured at each session. Treatment
sessions are typically scheduled twice a week. Other arrangements
can be made, as appropriate.