Speech Production Clinic

Heather Leavy Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Program Director

Katie Micco, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor

This Clinic is designed for children or adults experiencing difficulty being understood or producing or imitating specific sounds. Speech challenges may be the result of a neurological or developmental condition. The Clinic also addresses the needs of individuals seeking to modify an accent to increase understandability. Services include formal diagnostics and individualized treatment in a one-on-one setting. Services may also be provided through Telepractice.

Program Goals
• Provide evidence-based intervention
• Integrate parents and caregivers into therapy program
• Promote generalization of therapy goals to social, academic and occupational settings
• Integrate research-based evaluation and treatment procedures with standard clinical management of children and adults
• Coordinate program with other support services

Treatment Approaches/Therapeutic Strategies
• Motor enhanced multi-sensory techniques
• Phonological approaches
• Traditional approaches
• Phonemic awareness strategies

Treatment Tools
The Speech Production Clinic offers a variety of unique treatment tools using biofeedback methods to create a multi-sensory evidence-based treatment approach. These include:
• Ultrasound
• Electropalatography
• Tactile/Kinesthetic Cuing
• Gestural Cues
• Augmented and Alternative Strategies


Heather Rusiewicz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Program Director for the Speech Production Clinic and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Dr. Rusiewicz received her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Pittsburgh. Her areas of interest include the interaction of gestures and prosody in children and adults, as well as the use of gestural cues and biofeedback in the management of speech sound disorders.

Katie Micco, M.S.,CCC-SLP is the Clinical Assistant Professor for the Speech Production Clinic in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology. Ms. Micco received her Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences and her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Duquesne University. She has extensive experience treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and other speech sound disorders. Ms. Micco's interests include incorporating augmentative and alternative communication techniques into a multi-sensory therapy approach.