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Welcome to the Division of Communication Disorders!


UW Division of Communication Disorders alumna Samantha Yung.

"The UW Division of Communication Disorders is the perfect place to start your journey towards the careers of speech-language pathology or audiology. The program provided me with all the knowledge and experience I needed to feel prepared for my doctoral program, and they can do the same for you!"

Samantha Wagner Yung, Au.D. 
B.S. in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences (UW, 2012)

We have a long history at the University of Wyoming, coursework in speech correction, as it was known at that time, was initiated in 1940, and the first dedicated degree bachelor’s degree in speech correction, was awarded to Barbara Kahn in January 1952.  The Division of Communication Disorders offers a bachelor's (B.S.) degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Science, and Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology.  We have very productive research faculty, creating and disseminating basic and clinical science to inform practice across the lifespan. Our clinical program provides services to the community and state of Wyoming, with 2800 - 3,000 patient contacts a year.  We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our academic programs, clinical services at the Speech & Hearing Clinic, faculty research,  as well as our scholarships and the Maggie Scarlet Summer Speaker Series. 

The Division and the UW Speech and Hearing Clinic are located in the Health Sciences building. View campus map.

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The Master of Science (M.S.) education program in speech-language pathology at the University of Wyoming is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, MD 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700.

The Information You Need In One Place!

Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology

Bachelor of Science in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

American Sign Language Studies Certificate

Leveling Program

Learn details about each of these programs of study in our new Information Trifold! 

Division News

UW Assistant Professor Breanna Krueger works with Rue Steidley, age 7, as a computer software program plays fake words over the speaker.UW Division of Communication Disorders Researches Speech Sound Issues in Children

A grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation will support research through the University of Wyoming Division of Communication Disorders aimed at helping children who struggle with speech sound disorders (SSD), a condition that limits a child’s ability to learn and communicate new words and speech sounds.

Breanna Krueger, an assistant professor with the UW Division of Communication Disorders, will lead the study, titled “Interpretation of Misarticulated Words by Children with Speech Sound Disorders.”

“Children learn new words and speech sounds through hearing others in their communicative environments. This process is known as incidental learning,” Krueger says. “It is well established that children develop early representations of sounds of their first language, and use these representations to segment and understand the words they hear.”

This segmentation is stored in the child’s mental lexicon to be saved for later use. However, children with SSD may struggle with forming those early representations, which impacts their speech production as well as their learning of novel words. This difficulty may limit the ability of these children to integrate nonexemplar productions of words, such as other accents, dialects or, more frequently, developmental misarticulations by peers. The purpose of the proposed study is to explore word identification of misarticulated words by children with SSD.

At left, UW Assistant Professor Breanna Krueger works with Rue Steidley, age 7, as a computer software program plays fake words over the speaker. Steidley must select whether the word sounds like a word meant for adults or meant for kids. A screen tracker records her motions as she selects a photo of an adult or a kid. The goal of the study is to see how the acquisition of information impacts children’s interpretation of words and how fast their brains are working.

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Division of Communication Disorders
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3311
Health Sciences, 265
Laramie, WY  82071
Phone: 307-766-6427
Fax: 307-766-6829


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