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Speech and Language Pathology

Speech is an important part of our personalities. When people have difficulty communicating due to disorders of the voice, speech, swallowing, or ability to speak, it is the task of the speech language pathologist to investigate and treat the problem.

As a speech language pathologist, you will determine when voices, speech, swallowing, or language are faltering. You’ll know what consequences problems like this have for the person’s personality, health, and quality of life, and how they are investigated and treated. Together with your patients, you will plan and implement treatments that will make things easier for them at home, at work, and in their leisure time. The goal is for them to get the best ability to communicate as possible.

Knowledge and understanding

The main subject of the programme – speech and language pathology – describes and explains different forms of communication problems owing to voice, speech, language disorders, or difficulties like swallowing. Difficulties in reading and writing are also included. To understand how voice, speech and language normally function, and how illnesses and injuries can affect these abilities, you will be studying linguistics, phonetics and psychology as well as the relevant medical subjects and speech and language pathology. The programme is structured on the pedagogical model of problem-based learning in which you will take a great deal of responsibility for your learning with the help of base groups and supervisors. Later, you will have the opportunity to apply your theoretical knowledge in practice during workplace with real patients in clinical activities.

An important resource for many

The occupation of speech language pathologist is licensed; the license is a guarantee of your aptitude for the occupation and the responsibility it entails. Speech language pathologists often work in teams with other occupational groups in health care, hospitals, primary care or child health services. You could be a resource for staff in a nursery school, primary or middle school, or in elder care, or you could instruct people who work in careers that put demands on their voices. Many speech language pathologists work in child and adult rehabilitation. Moreover, it’s becoming more and more common for speech language pathologists to work in assistance services as consultants and with private treatment.

After your education

As a speech language pathologist, you could work in hospitals, in schools, in primary care or at specialised schools run by the Swedish state, a municipality, or a county. Many speech language pathologists work in child and adult rehabilitation. Moreover, it’s becoming more and more common for speech language pathologists to work in child health services and assistance services as consultants and with private treatment. Speech language pathologists can also work in theatre, radio, TV, and in teacher training programmes as well as theatre schools and performing arts academies.

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Postal Adress

Linköping University
Hälsouniversitetet
Speech and Language Pathology
SE-581 83 Linköping

 


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