SLHS Experiential Opportunities & Community Services

Our program is one of only a few undergraduate programs that offers our students clinical practicum experience. These students gain valuable foundational skills that help them to have a strong start to their graduate school training. Students provide supervised clinical services or therapy to people in our community via our on-campus Speech-Language clinic, our Community Preschool Screening Program, our Audiology Clinic, our Butler Early Language and Literacy Preschool Program (BELL), and our Butler Aphasia Community. In addition, students have an opportunity to observe professionals in a variety of settings around the Indianapolis community from schools, to hospitals, to private practice clinics.

For more information, please contact: Ann Bilodeau, Clinic Director, at 317-940-9012.

Butler students are committed to community service and multiple opportunities exist on our campus.  SLHS students can be actively engaged in giving back to our community through our clinical practicum experiences in which they gain real life knowledge while helping those who can benefit from our skills and services.  The Butler Aphasia Community provides support using the Lifer Participation Approach to Aphasia. Those with communication challenges meet weekly with supervised students to stimulate language skills; this is a unique opportunity for the undergraduate student to learn about working with adults. For the younger members of our community, we take students out to area preschools to complete speech, language, and hearing screenings—typically seeing 200-300 children each semester. SLHS students also join clubs that help individuals served by speech-language pathologists and audiologists, often raising funds and donating valuable time. Service-minded students excel in our program!

For more information contact: Dr. Tonya Bergeson, Department Chair, at 317-940-5975.

Students in the SLHS major have the opportunity to provide speech, language, and hearing screening services to young children enrolled in Indianapolis community schools. Students gain experiences in screening procedures, detecting possible communication problems, and interacting with young children.

For more information contact: Ann Bilodeau, M.S./CCC-SLP, Clinic Director at 317-940-9012

The Butler Early Language and Literacy (BELL) program provides a language-enriched environment for preschool children with speech and language delays.  BELL offers treatment to strengthen oral communication and develop early literacy skills so that children can thrive and succeed in kindergarten. BELL maintains low enrollment numbers to allow for individualized attention.  Children receive instruction from a licensed speech-language pathologist, a preschool teacher, and students in the Butler Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-11:30 am during the academic semesters on campus
  • Summer programs are determined on an annual basis

Enrollment eligibility

  • Children 3-5 years of age
  • Children previously diagnosed with a speech and/or language disorder; typical peers are welcome as enrollment permits
  • If you would like information regarding BELL, please complete the Interest form

For more information

Contact BELL Program Director  – Ashley Hession via email at

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