Speech therapists (Speech-language pathologists) assess and treat disorders of communication in areas such as speech, voice, language and fluency. Clients include children who fail to develop normal communication and people who acquire communication problems as a result of disease or injury such as stroke. A person's ability to communicate may also be impaired because of disabilities such as hearing loss, brain damage, intellectual disability, stuttering, malfunction of the speech or respiratory organs, or emotional disturbances. In addition, speech pathologists work with clients who have feeding or swallowing problems. Speech therapy (Speech-language pathology) is closely associated with medicine, education and rehabilitation.
Speech and language therapy requires the integration of knowledge from several disciplines. Linguistics and phonetics are core components of the programme. Students learn to apply knowledge from these disciplines, together with psychology and biological sciences, to developmental and acquired speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties
The first two years of the program focus on basic studies in anatomy, linguistics, physiology, psychology, medical specialties and statistics. In first year, an emphasis on normal communication forms the reference

point for second-year studies in the description and analysis of communication disorders. Students explore the areas of voice, fluency, hearing, speech, language and oral functioning. Third and fourth years are case/problem-based and integrate understanding of communication disorders with the assessment and management of clients. Academic studies are complemented by supervised clinical practice in a wide variety of settings.
Graduates are prepared to practice in hospitals, community health centres, private practice, schools, rehabilitation centres and aged care centres. You may also work in health promotion, teaching and consultancy, and in specialized centres helping people with hearing impairment, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
For more information,you can contact head of department,  Dr.Majid Oryadi Zanjani via email: oryadi@sums.ac.ir or tel: +9871-36271551

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