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Richardson Branch of Nationally Recognized
Satellite Facility Will Serve Residents of North Dallas, Collin County
RICHARDSON, Texas (July 28, 2003) — The nationally recognized Callier Center for Communication Disorders will begin taking patients next month at its newly completed 23,000-square-foot satellite facility on the campus of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
The new branch of the Callier Center, which is part of UTD’s School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and has one of the top-ranked audiology programs in the United States, is scheduled to open on Monday, Aug. 18.
Callier Richardson will bring a wide array of state-of-the-art hearing, speech and other communication services to residents of North Dallas and Collin County, from infants to mature adults. The Callier satellite will house clinical areas where patients with hearing, speech and language disorders will be diagnosed and treated, as well as two classrooms and several laboratories for student training and research. The satellite will offer many of the same services as the Callier Center’s much-acclaimed facility near downtown Dallas, including an amplification program, which will outfit certain household devices, such as doorbells, telephones, televisions and alarm clocks, with amplification mechanisms so persons with hearing loss are better able to use the equipment. Other programs will be unique to Callier Richardson.
Also at Callier Richardson, there will be a pre-school
language development program, student-based training programs for aphasics (people with stroke-induced
communication difficulties), an oral motor feeding program for children with an aversion to eating
and an accent modification program, among other offerings.
Donise Pearson, head of the speech-language pathology
clinical division at UTD, will serve as program director of Callier Richardson. She is the current
past president of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Pearson’s areas of expertise include
pre-school children and parent training, and she is the co-author of two books and has written numerous
Licensed, certified professional clinicians will train post-graduate, graduate and undergraduate students at the new facility, something done at only a handful of such institutions in the United States. Traditional university communication disorder programs typically are student-run with licensed, certified supervisors.
Construction of the $6.5-million, one-story, dome-topped
building began in July 2002, and a formal dedication will be held on Sept. 17. Callier Richardson
is located at 811 Synergy Park Blvd., just west of North Floyd Road, on the northern end of the UTD
campus. Anyone interested in making an appointment for an assessment or treatment at the new facility
should call 972-883-3630.
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