INTRODUCTION
Pakistan with a population of over 180 million individuals has an estimated over
20 million suffering from communication, swallowing and/or hearing disorders. To
cater to this huge demand there are less than ten Speech Language Therapists/
Pathologists (SLTs/SLPs) in our metropolis, KPK. To overcome the need and
demand for these rising figures Helping Hand Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences
has made it possible to launch 4-year Bachelor’s program in Speech Language
Therapy and 2 year MS program in SLP.
HHIRS will launch a dual degree program of Bachelors’ in Speech Language
Therapy (BS -SLT) with a post graduate MS Speech Language Pathology (MS-
SLP) proposed for commencement. The programs ambitiously aim to equip
graduates to independently evaluate and treat speech, language, hearing and
swallowing disorders, conduct research and contribute to the development of the
profession, nationally and in the world at large. It cultivates critical thinking to
analyze and act in response to contexts that shape policy and practice in the fields
of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology.
The SLP program in HHIRS is our province’s foremost and only institute of its
kind, established to equip Pakistani youth with aspiring new careers in the fields of
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, which have unlimited scope in
Pakistan, and across the globe.
Helping Hand Institute of rehabilitation also aims to surmount the tremendous
dearth of qualified Speech Language Therapists and the subsequent neglect of
individuals suffering from communication, hearing and swallowing disorders.

WHAT’s NEW FOR 2018
After years of clinical service HHIRS, plan to initiate a program of BS in Speech
Language Therapy. And simultaneously it proposes to launch the post-graduation
in MS speech language pathology (MS SLP).

AIMS OF SLP PROGRAM
These programs will provide students with an opportunity to work towards a career
as a speech language therapist. The field of Speech-language pathology (SLP)
work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social
communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children
and adults. Thus begins the need of multidisciplinary teams working with patients,
with the HHIRS housing professionals from the fields of psychology, occupational
therapy, physical therapy, speech and language therapy and audiology all under
one roof, who work collaboratively to alleviate the communication disorders.

HHIRS also stands committed to early intervention of speech, language, voice,
hearing and swallowing disorders in children and adults.

WHAT IS SPEECH-LANGUAGE THERAPY/PATHOLOGY
A Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and
treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and
swallowing disorders in children and adults.

  • Speech disorders occur when a person has difficulty producing speech
    sounds correctly or fluently (e.g., stuttering is a form of disfluency) or has
    problems with his or her voice or resonance.
  • Language disorders occur when a person has trouble understanding others
    (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings (expressive
    language). Language disorders may be spoken or written and may involve
    the form (phonology, morphology, syntax), content (semantics), and/or use
    (pragmatics) of language in functional and socially appropriate ways.
  • Social communication disorders occur when a person has trouble with the
    social use of verbal and nonverbal communication. These disorders may
    include problems (a) communicating for social purposes (e.g., greeting,
    commenting, asking questions), (b) talking in different ways to suit the
    listener and setting, and (c) following rules for conversation and story-
    telling. All individuals with autism spectrum disorder have social
    communication problems. Social communication disorders are also found
    individuals with other conditions, such as traumatic brain injury.
  • Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts,
    paying attention, remembering, planning, and/or problem-solving. These
    disorders usually happen as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or
    dementia, although they can be congenital.
  • Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are feeding and swallowing difficulties,
    which may follow an illness, surgery, stroke, or injury.

Additionally, SLPs:

  • Provide aural rehabilitation for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
  • Provide augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for
    individuals with severe expressive and/or language comprehensiondisorders, such as autism spectrum disorder or progressive neurological
    disorders.
  • Work with people who don't have speech, language, or swallowing
    disorders, but want to learn how to communicate more effectively (e.g.,
    work on accent modification or other forms of communication
    enhancement).

COURSE DETAILS
We endeavor to provide assessment and treatment to the entire spectrum of verbal
communication disorders through all age groups of children and adults deserving
our attention within Pakistan and beyond. Therefore we lay emphasis on clinical
training of our students from the first year through to final year, along with their
studies in the eight modules of speech pathology, language pathology, linguistics,
biological and medical sciences, psychology, audiology, research methodology and
clinical procedures. Graduation is followed by a year of clinical internship. Having
a custom built campus catering to the realm of speech language therapy, we
believe in imparting knowledge and skill to our students that is at par with any
institution of our kind across the globe. Our commitment to excellence is manifest
in our regular indulgence in continuing professional development, of our faculty.
Our mission to establish evidence based practice, through research is a goal we
endeavor to achieve through our faculty, consultants and students, engaging
actively in research.

LEARNING & TEACHING STRATEGIES IN BRIEF
Currently, BS-SLT and the MS-SLP are both structured around a modular
curriculum; they are both, knowledge and skill oriented. The curricula emphasize
in – depth training both theoretical and clinical; with clinical training (i.e.
observation and performance of clinical work) within HHIRS, in the hospital, in
special schools, and in mainstream schools. Our College has many links within, as
well as outside the University, to ensure the specialized teaching of all courses that
are comparable to those offered worldwide.

AFFILIATION OF COURSE
It is a great honor and pride for the HHIRS to hold this course for the first time in
Khyber pakhtunkhwa under the auspicious affiliation of Riphah International
University Islamabad. We have highly skilled staff with a range of clinical

backgrounds, involvement with professional boards and committees, national and
international conference presentations and accreditation with the Higher Education
Academy Board.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
FOR BS-SLP

  • Minimum requirement ‘A’ Levels / Intermediate students of all disciplines
  • Minimum aggregate marks of 55%
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Matriculation in science or with biology is a Pre-requisite for students from
    a non-pre- medical background:
  • (A ‘ 0 ‘ semester shall be held as a foundation course in Biological Sciences
    for applicants from a non-pre- med background)
  • Commitment towards a helping profession.

FOR MS-SLP

  • BS/M.Sc. Behavioral Sciences,
  • BS/MSc (Health & Medical Sciences)
  • 4 year Bachelor/MA Social & management sciences or equivalent
    qualification from any HEC recognized university minimum unadjusted
    50% marks.

CAREERS IN SPEECH &LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
The fields of Speech – Language Pathology and Audiology remained neglected
here, so far. Our students graduating from the college are the torch bearers of these
professions in Pakistan and are able to provide their valuable services in a
multitude of settings, working collaboratively with ENT specialists, neurologists,
pediatricians, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists in hospitals, and
rehabilitation units. They can also work at schools or have their private practices

MARKET TRENDS IN SLP
The profession continues to grow for a variety of reasons, including the rapid
increase in aging populations, medical advances that improve the survival rate of
preterm infants as well as trauma and stroke patients, growth in elementary- and

secondary-school enrollments, and increasing demand in health care and private
practice settings.

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