Communication Sciences & Disorders
Being able to hear and speak is the backbone of mainstream social interaction. Imagine having to live without being able to do either one.
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists work with people who have difficulty hearing, speaking and swallowing. The Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders at UCT is committed to excellence in research and in training future professionals in the field.
Speech-Language Pathology is the profession dealing with the management of communication disorders such as articulation, voice, fluency, language and learning, and swallowing in children and adults. Speech-language therapists engage in the overall management of an individual by working with them and their family and other members of the professional team. Speech-language therapists work in addressing communication health.
Audiology is the profession dealing with the management of hearing, hearing impairment and deafness, noise measurement and control. An audiologist diagnoses hearing loss and initiates rehabilitation to help the person cope with everyday communicative demands, including the selection and fitting of hearing aids, in adults and children; emotional, linguistic and cognitive functioning and to their home, work and social environment. Rehabilitation also involves aural rehabilitation with adults and children, skills development and education of others. Audiologists also measure and manage exposure to noise in the work environment to help prevent hearing loss.
Upon graduation, Speech-Language therapists and Audiologists work in a variety of settings (e.g. hospitals, schools, special schools, rehabilitation centres, nursing care facilities, government health facilities, community health clinics, private practice, and industry), and with people of all ages (from newborns to school age children and adults).