Real World Experience

Speech-Language Pathology Pro Bono Clinics

As a USAHS SLP student, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in a telehealth Pro Bono Clinic, guided by expert faculty and supporting treatment of real patients.


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pro bono clinical experiences each year


telehealth pro bono sessions each year

Serving the underserved

Pro Bono Purpose

Speech-Language Pathology students at USAHS’ Austin and Dallas, Texas campuses have the unique opportunity to participate in our innovative SLP telehealth Pro Bono Clinic, which provides services at no cost to underserved Texas residents.

Students work under the supervision of ASHA-certified and state licensed speech-language pathologists/faculty, delivering therapy services for speech, language, voice, fluency, AAC, pragmatics, cognition and swallowing for both children and adults.

The SLP telehealth Pro Bono Clinic provides an exceptional opportunity for clients to receive services where they may not have access to therapy or to receive additional services not covered by their current insurance plan.

Our Pro Bono Clinic is fundamental to our efforts to give back to the communities in which we operate, and with our B Corp values.

Student Benefits

Participation in our Pro Bono Clinics allows students to benefit from unparalleled clinical experience with real patients as well as top-notch guidance, assessment and clinical education training from our expert faculty.

USAHS Pro Bono Clinics offer students invaluable learning opportunities beyond the classroom:

  • Participate in real patient care
  • Supervision from ASHA-certified, state-licensed faculty who are experts in the field of speech-language pathology
  • Implement what you’ve learned in your curriculum and simulations
  • Receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidance for evaluation and treatment throughout your Pro Bono Clinic experience

  • Weekly feedback from clinical educators on your clinical sessions and planning for upcoming sessions
  • Collaborate interprofessionally with students and faculty from USAHS’ OT and PT programs
  • Campus and discipline-based input from our Pro Bono Clinical Advisory Council

Did you know?

USAHS students, faculty and staff members and their families are eligible to receive treatment at any of our Pro Bono Clinics as a benefit of attending or working for the university!

Clinical Educators and Supervising Faculty

Meghan Savage, CCC-SLP, PhD

Dr. Meghan Savage

Neurological Disorders

Robyn Martin, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCS-F

Robyn Martin


Mary Pat Reed, M.S., CCC-SLP

Mary Pat Reed


Erica Ortiz, MCD, CCC-SLP

Erica Ortiz


Student Testimonials

“The clinical educators are fantastic. They have extensive experience within each domain in communication and language. As students we can really benefit from their knowledge. We get to partner with them, they guide us through the process, they help us create plans or give us insight into our activities, and all of that knowledge we can pack and take with us as we move on into the field.”

SLP student

“The pro bono clinic was an amazing and effective learning experience. I truly feel like I was putting into practice the concepts I was learning in my classes this trimester. I can also use the experiences I had to help with my future classes and clients.”

SLP student

“USAHS’ pro bono clinic was a wonderful way to introduce what speech therapy lessons feel like (as opposed to observations), for someone who had no first-hand experience working with pediatrics.”

Jessica C.

SLP student

Jessica C.

“The pro bono clinic experience has been transformative for both my confidence and clinical skills!”

Morgan M.

SLP student

Morgan M.

“Hearing that my patient was thankful to have me as their student clinician made the stress of grad school worth it.”

Madison K.

SLP student

Madison K.

“I really enjoyed the pro bono experience. It was such a rewarding experience that allowed me to confidently explore my developing clinical skills and apply my academic knowledge to further shape me into becoming the SLP that I’ve always aspired to be.”

Ariel D.

SLP student

Ariel D.

Patient Sign-Up

If you’re a patient resident in Texas and interested in receiving treatment via our Speech-Language Pathology telehealth Pro Bono Clinic, we invite you to contact us to discuss your needs. We accept clients from anywhere in Texas, and all sessions are virtual. You’re eligible for no-cost treatment if you satisfy any of the following conditions:

  • You’re a resident of Texas
  • You don’t have health insurance
  • Your health insurance limits or does not cover therapy services indicated for your condition
  • The number of allowed visits under your insurance coverage has already been met
  • You’re a student, faculty or staff member at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, or you’re a family member of a student, faculty or staff member

You may contact the USAHS SLP Pro Bono Clinic by email: Pro Bono Clinic Austin, TX; or Pro Bono Clinic Dallas, TX.


Which USAHS campuses offer Speech-Language Pathology Pro Bono Clinics?

Our Speech-Language Pathology telehealth Pro Bono Clinics are offered at our Austin and Dallas, Texas campuses to all students enrolled in the MS-SLP program.


What is telehealth?

Telehealth is a way of receiving treatment virtually, online from the comfort of your own space. Our speech-language pathology telehealth sessions are delivered in real time via a HIPAA compliant secure Zoom platform.


How do I engage with patients in telehealth therapy?

Students in the MS-SLP program will communicate with Pro Bono Clinic patients via an internet-connected device that has video and audio capabilities, such as a computer, tablet or smartphone. A link will be emailed to the patient for simple and direct access to their Zoom telehealth session.


As a student, how many hours or days a week will I work at the Pro Bono Clinic?

As part of the Pro Bono Clinical practicum, students are required to participate for 4-6 weeks in the clinic, depending on the course.


What conditions could I be treating?

You’ll treat a wide range of speech, language and swallowing conditions, including patients who need assistance with the following:

  • Traumatic brain injury: attention, memory, thinking, planning, organizing information
  • ADHD: attention, planning and organizing information
  • Accent reduction
  • Stuttering
  • Speech sound production difficulties
  • Difficulties expressing thoughts
  • Difficulties understanding instructions
  • Voice difficulties

Will I treat both children and adults?

Yes! The teletherapy clinics support children of all ages and provide evaluations, as well as individual treatment plans. For the adult population, the clinicians address needs in speech, language and swallowing.


How will I be supervised?

All graduate students are supervised by an ASHA-certified and state-licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. The expert faculty at USAHS work with MS-SLP graduate students to provide special assessments and treatments, in addition to quality clinical education for the students.

Clinical educators meet weekly with graduate student clinicians to get feedback about clinical sessions, plan for upcoming sessions, and provide top-of-the-line clinical education training to ensure quality services for clients.


What are the hours of the clinic?

The SLP telehealth Pro Bono Clinics operate Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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