Communicative Disorders

Tuscaloosa City and County Pre-K Programs, Crossing Points, and Private School Cooperative Program

Tuscaloosa City and County School Pre-school, Crossing Points, and Private School Cooperative Program

This program is a cooperative program between The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center, the Tuscaloosa City Schools, and the Tuscaloosa County Schools. Three and four year old children with speech and language delays/disorders are served in group and individual therapy sessions at The Speech and Hearing Center by undergraduate and graduate students under the direct supervision of a certified Speech Language Pathologist. Students at Crossing Points, a cooperative program The University of Alabama has with the Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County School for students who have graduated from high school through age 21, with speech and language delays/disorders are provided speech and language services at Crossing Points by The Speech & Hearing Center graduate student clinicians under the direct supervision of a certified Speech Language Pathologist. Students attending private schools in grades kindergarten-12th with speech and language delays/disorders are also served at The Speech & Hearing Center through this program.

Goal of the Program:

To promote community relations among educational entities in our area by together identifying and serving children and young adults ages 3-21 with speech and language delays and/or disorders.

Project ImPACT

Project ImPACT

Project ImPACT is a program developed by Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak, which provides parent training, as well as direct therapy services to children with social-communication delays, commonly seen in individuals with autism. Based on both developmental and behavioral research, the program provides a step-by-step approach for improving social-communication skills for children up to around six years of age. Children receive direct intervention with a graduate clinician in speech-language pathology, while parents are taught the strategies with their own child. The program is spread out over the course of a semester, with the children and parents attending sessions either weekly or bi-weekly.

Project ImPACT Goal:

To increase social-communication skills in young children through parent training and direct intervention.

Pediatric Feeding Program

Pediatric Feeding Program

The American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) defines a feeding or swallowing disorder as including developmentally atypical eating and drinking behaviors, such as not accepting age-appropriate liquids or foods, being unable to use age-appropriate feeding devices and utensils, or being unable to self-feed. ASHA goes on to describe that children with dysphagia may refuse food, accept only a restricted variety or quantity of foods and liquids, or display mealtime behaviors that are inappropriate for his or her age. Our goal at The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center is to provide assessment of and therapy for individuals with feeding and swallowing disorders. Therapeutic intervention focuses on the whole child and incorporates parent counseling to aid families in the carryover of treatment strategies to the child’s natural environment of home and school.


American Speech-Language Hearing Association (n.d.). Pediatric Dysphagia. (Practice Portal).

Retrieved 9/13/2016, from

Bama Perks

Bama Perks

Bama Perks Coffee Shop is a simulated social environment created within The Speech and Hearing Center with a focus on promoting socialization and communication among individuals with aphasia. The coffee shop is open to adult clinic patrons with neurogenic communicative disorders. Individuals are able to come to the coffee shop, order coffee, engage in casual conversations with other patrons and graduate student clinicians, all while building connections with one another that foster client confidence in community participation. The coffee shop is staffed with undergraduate and graduate student clinicians. The students serve as communication partners to the clients attending Bama Perks. The coffee is free of charge to adult clinic patrons and student clinicians working in the coffee shop.

Bama Perks Goal:

To improve socialization and communication of adult individuals with aphasia, while ultimately enhancing their quality of life.

Ashley Minton

Ashley Minton

Arts and Sciences Office Associate

B.A. Sociology- Clemson University

Office 144

700 University Blvd. East

Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Mailing: Box 870242

Phone: 205-348-7131



Community Service-Based Learning

Community Service-Based Learning

The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center Adult Clinic and Caring Days of Tuscaloosa, an adult day program for individuals with dementia, have partnered to provide graduate clinicians with a training experience geared at working with individuals with dementia. Graduate clinicians gain exposure with dementia staging, leading to effective management of individuals with dementia. Graduate clinicians provide Caring Days attendees with cognitive/language groups that facilitate socialization and communication. Finally, graduate clinicians provide an in-service each semester to the Client Care Specialists who are employed at Caring Days, promoting positive and meaningful interactions between themselves and the Caring Days attendees.

Dr. Spyridoula Cheimariou

Dr. Spyridoula Cheimariou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Speech and Hearing Science, University of Iowa, 2016
M.Sc., Cognitive Science, University of Athens, Greece, 2009
B.A., Linguistics, University of Athens, Greece, 2004

Contact Information:
Office: 304A
700 University Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: 205-348-1839

Research Interests:
My research interests involve the neural basis of language processing, with an emphasis in hierarchical prediction frameworks, by looking into aging and neurogenic language disorders, such as aphasia, and by using an array of techniques including EEG and eye-tracking.

Protopapas, A., Cheimariou, S., Economou, A., Kakavoulia, M., & Varlokosta, S. (2016). Functional categories related to verb inflection are not differentially impaired in Greek aphasia. Language and Cognition, 8(01), 124-141.
Gordon, J. K., & Cheimariou, S. (2013). Semantic interference in a randomized naming task: Effects of age, order, and category. Cognitive neuropsychology, 30(7-8), 476-494.
Kasselimis, D. S., Potagas, C., Vemmos, K., Routsis, C., Nikaki, M., Cheimariou, S., Petropoulou, K., & Evdokimidis, I. (2009). The weaknesses of the classic classification of aphasic syndromes: Characteristics of aphasia and speech paradigms in Greek, Neurologia, 18(6), 319-325.



Mary Bryan

Clinical Supervisor/Instructor

B.A. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005
M.Ed. The University of Virginia, 2007

Contact Info
Office: 149
700 University Boulevard East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone: 205-348-1833

-Instructor for Introduction to Communication Disorders and Phonetics
-Supervise Undergraduate and Graduate students providing clinical services to children and adults at the University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center.

Homecoming 2015

Homecoming 2015




Join the Department of Communicative Disorders in celebrating

Homecoming at the Capstone!



Saturday October 10th, 2015

Alabama v. Arkansas


We will be on the quad at the College of Arts and Sciences tent


Homecoming 2


Check back for more details coming soon!!



Graduate Program Open House


Graduate Preview Day 2015

Preview Day 2013


Come to our department Open House to learn more about our Speech-Language Pathology graduate program!

Friday October 23rd, 2015


Speech and Hearing Center


We do not schedule individual tours or visits so please try to come if you are interested!

We will give an overview of the program, a tour of the facility and have faculty and students available to talk with you

RSVP to Lacey Watts