What is a Speech-Language Pathologist?

Can you imagine how it feels to recover the ability to speak? To swallow? To communicate with loved ones? Speech-language pathologist (SLPs) make that possible for thousands of grateful patients every day. SLPs work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

The demand for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) is projected to grow 27% from 2018 to 2028: “must faster than average,” according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

NSU - The Leading Preparer of SLPs in South Florida

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NSU is uniquely positioned to meet the increasing need for health care practitioners. With undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree offerings, NSU has emerged as the leading preparer of SLPs in South Florida and one of the most competitive programs in the Health Professions Division. 

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Tyler Institute Endowment for Communication Disorders

Through a generous initial donation from the Cohen Family, in honor of their son, Tyler, as well as additional support from South Florida philanthropists, NSU established the Tyler Institute Endowment for Communication Disorders in the 1990s. For the past 30+ years, this endowment has provided ongoing support for individuals of all ages who are experiencing speech, language, and communication delays or disorders.  

The Tyler Institute Endowment has enabled NSU to expand its Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) Lab, located in the NSU Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) Clinic, to include the most current, state-of-the-art equipment for treating children and adults with Expressive Communication Disorders who require assistance expressing their wants and needs verbally. The Tyler Institute Endowment also supports training and experiential opportunities for SLP undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who represent the future of the profession.

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Support Future Tyler Institute Programming for Individuals with Communication Disorders


NSU is always seeking ways to expand the reach and scope of its Tyler Institute Endowment programming to impact more individuals and families whose lives have been affected by communication disorders. Community programming is only possible through philanthropic support like that of the Cohen Family.

 For too many people, the basic human right to communicate thoughts and feelings is difficult or impossible. Through supportive treatment, including the use of augmentative or alternative communication devices, NSU can give a voice to the voiceless… but we need your help.

Philanthropic contributions enable NSU to offer direct services to affected members of the community, as well as support future SLPs who, upon graduation, will join the thousands of SLPs who came before them in providing life-changing treatment to children and adults with communication disorders.


Your gift to the NSU Health Tyler Institute Programming can be directed to a variety of initiatives, including:

  • Student scholarships
  • Faculty support
  • Access for under- or uninsured SLC Clinic patients
  • The expansion of direct service programs for members of the community 
  • The purchase of new AAC equipment and/or patient resources
  • Establishment of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Speaker Series
  • AAC support services for patients at the NSU Health ALS Clinic
  • Hosting AAC “Open Lab Days” for community members and their families

Support Tyler Institute Programming TODAY

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Philanthropy Contact:

Please contact a member of the NSU Advancement Team to discuss the various ways you can customize your philanthropic gift. In addition to one-time cash gifts, NSU welcomes multi-year commitments, gifts of securities, deferred commitments (legacy/planned gifts), and equipment donations.

Shu Zhen Bernardin, MA
Director of Development – Health Professions Division
University Advancement
Cell (954) 268-6250 | Office (954) 262-2103

SLP in the Community 

Clinical Offerings, Outreach Programming, and Community Events for Individuals with Communication Disorders

NSU Speech-Language Pathology Clinic, located in Davie, FL, provides evaluation and treatment services for speech, language, and communication delays and disorders. Our South Florida pediatric and adult clinical patient population spans numerous ethnicities, races, and cultures. Under the supervision of certified SLPs, students enhance their skills through hands-on experience with patients in the clinic. The NSU SLP Clinic is open to individuals with all communication disorders, including children and adults with voice disorders whose treatment protocol includes the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

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Individuals with autism and related disabilities frequently require specialized services and supports. CARD, The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities, is a network of state-funded outreach and support centers based at universities around the state. The NSU Card Center currently serves more than 4,000 families in Broward County affected by autism and related disorders through individualized client and family support, family and professional training, public education and awareness, as well as a Community Resource Room that invites caregivers to visit and check out material about autism and related disorders.

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A Day for Children

A Day for Children is an annual health literacy event, hosted by the NSU Alvin Sherman Library, that invites thousands of South Florida residents to campus to learn more about free and low-cost health and wellness services available at NSU and throughout the community. On the day of the event, students and faculty from NSU’s various colleges and centers provide free vision, medical, speech, behavioral, and dental screenings on-site.

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NSU CommunityFest

NSU CommunityFest is an annual festival that brings together NSU students, employees, their families, and members of the community for a day of connection, collaboration, and celebration. In addition to free games, food and activity booths, and live music, CommunityFest offers NSU colleges the opportunity to share information about their clinical offerings for members of the community.

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