Speech-and-Hearing_2About the Clinical Programs
Preschool Group and Toddler Group

The MU Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences with the generous support of the Scottish Rite opened the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool. This clinical program serves children, ages 2 to 5 years, with speech and language difficulties. A state licensed, nationally certified speech-language pathologist supervises the clinical program. MU Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences seniors and graduate students participate in the program as clinicians-in-training and have clinical responsibilities commensurate with their stage of development and clinical knowledge. MU students participating in the program are under the direct supervision of clinical faculty with certification and state licensure in speech-language pathology. Given the intense speech and language focus of this program, a very low clinician to student ratio is maintained, typically approximating 1 clinician for every 1-2 students. As part of this clinical program, we invite one or more children with typical language skills to participate as peer models for our children with speech and language difficulties. Group treatment that incorporates peer modeling is an empirically supported approach for facilitating growth in children with speech and language disorders.

We hope you will consider enrolling your child in one of these clinical programs if:

  • Your child is 2-5 years of age and has been diagnosed with a speech and/or language problem. Treatment is in a group setting, providing a communication-rich environment to address speech and language needs. Areas of focus include improving vocabulary, length and complexity of utterances, speech intelligibility and emergent literacy skills. Some participants in this program receive additional, individual treatment through our department’s Speech and Hearing Clinic.
  • Your child is developing typically and you would like him/her to serve as a peer model within the program. There are many benefits for the children who take on this role, including the rich focus on language, conceptual development, and pre-literacy skills that the program provides. The approach also promotes empathy and social skills in the children who serve as peer models.

Additional benefits

  • The very low clinician to child ratio
  • The communication and social skills focus of this clinical program, benefiting children with speech and language difficulties as well as their peer models
  • Scholarships available based on need
  • Individual therapy also available
  • Easy access: We are located in 124 Clark Hall at Providence and Rollins Roads

Download the Application Packet

Policy of Non-Discrimination

Faculty, students, and staff in the Robert G. Combs Language Preschool actively follow a policy of nondiscrimination in compliance with Federal civil rights laws. All can expect to be treated fairly and without regard to age, color, ethnicity, gender identity, handicap or disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent or veteran, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law.


  • Toddler Group (2-3 years old) meets on Tuesday/Thursday, 9am-11am
  • Preschool Group (3-5 years old) meet on Monday/Wednesday, 9am-11am OR Tuesday/Thursday, 1pm-3pm
  • Fall, Spring and Summer semesters


The Robert G. Combs Language Preschool is located on the first floor of Clark Hall on the University of Missouri campus.
View Google Map | (573) 882-8538

Fax Number: (573) 884-8686

For more information please contact
Greta Hull, MHS, CCC-SLP, Preschool Director

The Robert G. Combs Language Preschool was established and is supported by the Scottish Rite Masons of Columbia. The Scottish Rite supports speech and language clinics throughout the country that provide clinical services for children. ScottishRiteNew