SLI Celebrates Third Anniversary

Speech Language Institute AnniversaryThe Speech-Language Institute (SLI) of Salus University recently marked its three year anniversary.

SLI opened its doors in July 2015 with the goal of providing comprehensive speech-language therapy services while serving as a clinical training site for speech-language pathology students in the University’s College of Education and Rehabilitation.

Using evidence based practices coupled with state-of-the-art technology, SLI offers services at no-cost, to treat both children and adults alike with speech, language, feeding and swallowing difficulties.

In three short years, SLI has logged more than 6,700 appointments for evaluations and treatments related to aphasia (inability to express and understand written and spoken language), fluency (stuttering), dysphasia (difficulty swallowing), mild traumatic brain injury, autism and a host of other communication disorders.

“Clients seek us out because we are offering services that are difficult to find elsewhere and can be extremely expensive when paying out of pocket,” said Robert Serianni, MS, CCC-SLP, SLI clinical director.

At their initial appointment, clients are given a comprehensive assessment to evaluate their needs. Following the evaluation, an individualized treatment plan is put into place and clients come in on a weekly basis for therapy.

Building upon their treatment sessions, over the years, SLI has introduced several specialized support groups for clients, parents, and caregivers focusing on intervention and techniques to improve communication. SLI has also made landmark contributions to the community through screenings, educational partnerships, and increased participation in local events.

“SLI has continued to grow to meet the needs of our graduate students as well as the needs of the community,” Serianni said.

The success of the infantile clinical facility has been guided by a combination of strong leadership, passionate students, and a dedicated staff of clinical speech-language pathology educators.

“The crown jewel of SLI has to be our clinical education team,” Serianni said. “They are not only top clinicians but also stellar teachers and our student and client results demonstrate that fact.”
SLI looks forward to evaluating and treating current and future clients in the years to come. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 215.780.3150 or email SLInstitute@salus.edu.