The Robbins Center

The Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center, provides a supportive environment where we support clients and their families with a variety of communication disorders and differences. Since opening in 1953, the Robbins Center has provided evaluation and treatment for children and adults with communication problems as well as educational programs for family members and caregivers. The Center is also the primary clinical training facility associated with the nationally respected Emerson College Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

The Robbins Center lobby

Service Delivery

Evaluation and treatment services are provided by Masters-level graduate students in Emerson College’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and supervised by clinical faculty who are certified by ASHA and licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Services can be delivered in-person at the Robbins Center or remotely via tele-practice.

A child, parent and graduate student clinician participate in the Thayer Lindsley Program
A child, parent and graduate student clinician participate in the Thayer Lindsley Program

Client and Family-Centered Approaches

Impaired communication often causes self-consciousness, which may interfere with social interaction, academic performance, personal and professional development. Therefore, services are designed to provide a supportive environment for individuals to address the emotional and social effects of their communication challenges.

Each client is viewed within a family context and therefore family members and caregivers are welcome to observe and participate in the provision of services.

Families, clinical instructors and students can observe sessions through the one-way mirror
Families, clinical instructors and students observe sessions through the one-way mirror.


Fees for services are modest given the high level of care. Individual treatment currently costs $30 per session, groups are $20 per session, and an evaluation is $60 per hour. For persons unable to afford services, a payment plan or reduced fee schedule will be considered.

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The Robbins Center is located on the 7th and 8th floors of 216 Tremont Street and is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Center is conveniently located in the Theatre District near the MBTA’s Orange and Green lines, and near routes I-90 and I-93. Subsidized parking is available nearby in the Archstone Parking Garage at 660 Washington Street. The Ride can drop clients off on the corner of Tremont and Lagrange Streets.

The reception desk is located on the 7th floor and can be reached by phone at 617-824-8323 or by email at


Referrals may be made to the Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center from many sources including family members, friends, hospital staff, rehabilitation personnel, physicians, early intervention programs, schools, etc.

To make a referral or to learn more about our clinical services, contact the center by email at or call 617-824-8323.

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