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 twenty Speech Language Therapists/ Pathologists (SLTs/SLPs) in our metropolis, Karachi, qualified internationally and locally at the CSLHS. This was made possible because the Speech and Hearing Association of Pakistan (SHAP) and Ziauddin University (ZU) toiled collaboratively to establish the ‘College of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences (CSLHS)’ in order to launch our nation’s first 4-year Bachelor’s program in Speech Language Therapy in 2007; within.
The college successfully launches a dual degree program of Bachelors’ in Audiology and Speech Language Therapy (BS ASLT) with a post graduate MS Speech Language Pathology (MS SLP) proposed for commencement; as it joyously celebrates its first decade in Ziauddin University, Karachi. 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.
College of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences (CSLHS) is our country’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.
In addition to this, CSLHS is also offering a diploma course in Childhood Development and psychopathology. Thus, CSLHS 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. The Clinical Services offered at CSLHS are for the following:
- Feeding and swallowing difficulties
- Cognitive and language delays Communication difficulties in children due to
- Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
- Language delay
- Specific language impairment
- Specific difficulties in producing sounds (Articulation & Phonological Disorders)
- Hearing Impairment
- Cleft Plate
- Autism/ Social interaction difficulties (PDD)
- Voice disorders
- Selective mutism
- Motor Speech Disorders (dysarthria, dypraxia)
- Swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
- Language disorders (e.g. aphasia after stroke)
- Voice disorders (e.g. vocal fold nodules, VFparalysis, hoarseness)
- Cognitive language deficit due to Traumatic Brain Injury
- Cognitive Issues (attention, memory, awareness, Alzheimer’s, degenerative diseases)
- Communication issues after Laryngectomy
- Physical disabilities
- Stammering (dysfluency)
- Motor Speech Disorders (dysarthria, apraxia)
- Right Hemisphere Syndrome
- Mental health issues
- Learning difficulties Acquired Hearing loss
- After 10 years of commencement, the CSLHS upgraded the undergraduate program last year, to a BS in Audiology & speech Language Therapy. And simultaneously it proposes to launch the post graduation in MS speech language pathology (MS SLP), with the MS in Audiology to be launched after graduation of the first batch of BS ASLT the graduates.These programs will provide students with an opportunity to work towards a career as an audiologist and/or speech language therapist. The field of Audiology deals with the non-medical management of the auditory and balance systems and focuses on the study of normal and impaired hearing, prevention of hearing loss, identification and assessment of hearing and balance problems and rehabilitation of persons with hearing and balance disorders.