Speech and Language Pathology

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 comprehension disorders, 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 STRATEGIESIN 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.

Criteria FSC Pre Medical 50 % marks

For Details please Contact or Visit

Helping Hand Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences Karakoram Highway Data Morh Mansehra

Email    info @hhirs.edu.pk

Tel No. 0997-440424      0992-371001      0992-371002      0343-7777687

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