Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted as most of us are born with it but the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. For those who have difficulty communicating, everyday interactions can pose significant challenges. A communication disorder may prevent an individual from performing well at work, asking for help, hearing instructions at school.

Each year, internationally Speech and hearing month is celebrated worldwide, in the month of May raise public awareness about communication, speech and hearing disorders. College of speech language and hearing science, Ziauddin university highlights the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication disorders. We work in a multidisciplinary team and all treatment is provided under one roof.

For appointments feel free to contact us on 021-35862937-9 or visit us BC 06 Ground floor, Khyeban e Bedil, Clifton block 1, Karachi. Our speech therapy services are also provided at Ziauddin North campus. Also visit our website to view more details

Written by: Rabika Amanullah

Article- Parental training series Session 3- Early intervention of children with ASD

ZCSLHS has continued its parental training series and this month organized its third Parental training program which was held on 16th April’22 on the topic of early intervention of ASD disorder. Our esteemed speakers Ms. Asfia Naseem and Ms. Amna Bokhari shared their knowledge regarding how the teamwork is important in assessing a child with ASD and the major players of this team are the parents and their observation regarding the child. A multidisciplinary team comes in action which has psychologist, occupational therapist, Speech language therapist and at times neurologist. They all play a significant role in helping the child. The psychologist uses the DSM 5 to assess the child’s behavior and see if he/she meets the criteria of ASD. Two important criteria when assessing the child is his lack of social interaction and repetitive behavior which are the major red flags. The therapists also discussed what are the important assessments done by speech language therapist to suspect ASD and for giving out appropriate referrals.

Hear for life, listen with care seminar on 3rd March

World health organisation has designated 3rd March as World hearing day and is celebrated internationally. Every year WHO sets a theme for awareness for this year the theme is “hear for life, listen with care.

This day actually signifies the importance of listening and hearing and how our life will be dull without hearing. Music, talking to friends, everyday interaction and engaging in communication is possible and easy through hearing. If hearing is impacted the chances of person going in depression rises significantly as the person feels disconnected and fading in the environment, the sense of disengaging from the environment leads to detrimental mental health.

College of speech language and hearing sciences arranged a hybrid seminar for students and professionals to raise awareness and importance of hearing, preservation of hearing loss, red flags of hearing loss not only that but also teaching them about the modern-day management and care and maintenance of amplification devices. Our esteemed Principal Ms. Amina Siddiqui, Dr. Najam ul Haq, Ms. Samreen Zubair, Ms. Zoha Asif and Mr. Hafeez Punjani namely shared their knowledge about these topics.

In the seminar ENT surgeon Dr. Khalid Mahida highlighted the importance of doing otoscopy prior to hearing test and explained the results of otoscopy to know when to refer to an ENT.

Our Vice chancellor of Ziauddin University Mr. Irfan Hyder and Registrar of Ziauddin University Mr. Capt Waqar to show their support to the college and the cause by sharing their opinion.


Written by Rabika Amanullah

World hearing day awareness by Radio show at ZU FM 98.2

World health organisation has designated 3rd March as World hearing day and is celebrated internationally. Every year WHO sets a theme for awareness for this year the theme is “hear for life, listen with care.”
This day actually signifies the importance of listening and hearing and how our life will be dull without hearing. Music, talking to friends, everyday interaction and engaging in communication is possible and easy through hearing. There are a lot of do’s and don’ts that needs to be followed to ensure proper care of hearing. Proper testing and proper amplification is mandatory in order to ensure that hearing does not deteriorate with time.
ZU FM 98.2 facilitated College of speech-language and hearing science project of increasing awareness of hearing and it’s issues by hosting a show and calling Dr. Mubashir Ikram an amazing ENT surgeon and Head of the dept at the Ziauddin Hospital, Mr. Shahid Ali, hearing rehab specialist and Clinical Director at the college of speech language and hearing sciences and Ms. Rabika Amanullah, speech and language therapist who has good amount of experience working with pediatric hearing-impaired kids.
Show did not only highlight the importance of hearing but also the highlighted the
importance of the drugs side effects on hearing loss as well as general people using ear buds to clean their ears and how detrimental that is for their ears and hearing and how these airpods and noise pollution is detrimental for our hearing. Types of hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus, otosclerosis and presbycusis were also further discussed in detail.
Rj Ms Humaira Sadaf and callers asked a lot of relevant questions.
If you want to hear the recording of the show click on this link:

Early intervention of language delay

College of speech language and hearing sciences, Ziauddin university organized its first parental training session on the topic of Early intervention of language delay. Our lecturers and esteemed therapists Ms. Samreen Zubair and Ms. Mahnoor Arif conducted an interactive session highlighting the difference between language disorder and language delay, what are the red flags of language delay for parents to identify and start speech therapy as soon as possible. Also highlighting Covid and its effects on kids language.

Therapists also showed and told parents some activities that can be done with kids stimulating language. Parents gave a positive response of the event as they found it not only interactive but also cleared some of the confusions that they had.

College of speech language and hearing sciences, Ziauddin university has decided to arrange these sessions by speech therapist to grow brain together with parents and guiding them the level best.  Parental training session will be conducted on every 3rd Saturday on different topics, For more information follow our page.


Written by- Rabika Amanullah

Children’s day is celebrated worldwide on 20th November!

Children’s day is celebrated worldwide on 20th November!
To partake in celebrating our community’s little ones, the College of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences in collaboration with Speech and Hearing Association of Pakistan carried out activities at three different places.

Our faculty members Fatima Yousuf, Rabbiah Sohail and Sonia Shah visited the Kiran Foundation and carried out an awareness session for it’s teachers. They talked about speech and language disorders, red flags that children may present with in class, and how to identify and refer to kids who may need speech therapy. They also highlighted the need for inclusive education here in Pakistan and discussed the factors that make up an inclusive setting.

Our first year students later accompanied faculty members Fatima Yousuf, Samreen Zubair, Mehek Altaf and Taleah Tariq to Sirat ul Jannah orphanage. They engaged the children in games including passing the pillow and origami. It was time well spent, the visitors felt inspired by how spirited the little ones are, the children enjoyed fully, and received goodie bags as tokens of appreciation.

Our last stop was the paediatric ward at Ziauddin University Hospital. Fatima Yousuf and Hafeez Punjani took goodie bags for the children admitted there to help make their day a little better.

Children deserve to be celebrated, all day, every day!

Happy Children’s Day!

(ZCSLHS) organised a hands-on training workshop

Ziauddin College of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences (ZCSLHS) organised a hands-on training workshop for Speech Language Therapists in Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) which aim to enhance the realm of our services across Pakistan.

FEES is an instrumental assessment and Gold Standard of assessment for swallow disorders or Dysphagia, by which the Speech Language therapist can view the laryngeal vestibule directly to ascertain any impairment in the laryngeal phase of swallowing.

The patients are made to eat and drink different consistencies of food as the procedure is being performed.

The five-day workshop was led by a team of SA Swallowing Services, which delivered training and clinical services using the FEES procedures. The workshop began on September 30 and ended on October 4.

Principal, Ziauddin College of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Amina Siddiqui, emphasized on the need to expand the training to the public sector.

The 40 students attending the training workshop introduced the facility in their respective hospitals including Dow University, Indus Hospital, Aga Khan and Ziauddin Hospital, Ms. Siddiqui told National Courier.

Stressing over the number of people suffering from swallowing difficulty, she flagged the need to train more students as the training can be extended to the public sector once more people are trained.

“They are at the start of the change of medicine”, co-founder SASS Prof. Dr. Michelle L. Skelley said, adding that this procedure will make it more convenient for the patients to have their swallowing difficulty assessed, given the replacement of heavy machinery with a portable system.

The training apprises the students with a technically feasible assessment, in case the patient is too sick to move, FEES eliminates the process of taking the patient down to Radiology.

Many locals from rural areas are unaware that speech and swallowing difficulty is an alarming situation, co-founder SASS Prof. Dr. John R. Ashford said, urging that the difficulties must be assessed at the earliest so it fixes the quality of life of those who are suffering.

These are highly technical skills that are not commonly taught in universities, another trainer Dr. Matthew G. Ward said. It provides special care and tests for the patient. Individuals fall to Dysphagia in case of having a stroke, accident, and tumors; or those who have Parkinsonism, Alzheimer’s Disease, or Dementia.

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