History

Speech Therapy or Speech and Language Pathology is an independent field of rehabilitation science that examines the nature of speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders as well as methods for assessing, diagnosing and treating these disorders from birth to old age.

Man is a social being who needs to communicate effectively with others. One of the unique tools of human beings to communicate is the speech and language system. This system begins to grow and develop from birth or even earlier in the embryonic period at the same time as other human systems. If this growth process is disrupted or disturbed after evolution for any reason, it leads to speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders in humans.

 

 

Speech therapy students study basic medical sciences including anatomy and physiology, histology, pathology, neuro anatomy and neurophysiology, genetics, sound physics, developmental and learning psychology, linguistics and phonology with emphasis on speech and language system, sound and swallow. Then they study courses related to the pathologies of various speech, language, sound and swallowing disorders, including: diseases of the brain and nerves, ear, nose and throat, child and teenager psychiatry, pathology, evaluation and treatment of developmental language disorders, speech production disorders, voice and resonance disorders, speech disorders such as stuttering, aphasia and swallowing. Then, they spend six semesters in different clinical courses in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics under the supervision of professors. In the final semester, they graduate by presenting a research project as a speech therapy expert. It is also possible to continue their studies for a master's degree and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in the country.

Speech therapy department of Semnan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services as the second department in the country has started working since September 1993 with the admission of undergraduate students at the same time with the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences and Tehran University of Medical Sciences. In 2019, the first master's degree students were admitted to this university.

 

 

The Speech therapy department of Semnan University of Medical Sciences and Health Services has 4 specialized laboratories as follows:

  • Laboratory of laryngeal function equipped with Laryngostroboscopy device
  • Language and cognition laboratory equipped with ERP device
  • Acoustic sound analysis laboratory equipped with acoustic chamber, specialized microphones and standard sound recording, computer and Dr.Speech and Praat software
  • Child speech and language development laboratory equipped with video recorders, audio recorders and also equipment for evaluation, treatment and research in the field of child speech and language development

 

Goals:

  • Quantitative and qualitative development of education in different undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Quantitative and qualitative development of basic and applied research
  • Attracttingcapable faculty members
  • Promoting the educational, research and clinical position of the University Speech Therapy Department among the educational departments across the country

 

Group research projects and lines

Fatemeh Kasbi, voice disorders and resonance

Dr. Jalal Bakhtiari, Swallowing Disorder and Acquired Language Disorders

Dr. Masoumeh Salmani, language disorders in growth period, hearing loss

Maryam Mokhlesin, Speech Motor Disorders, Speech Psychological Disorders

Dr. Seyed Abolfazl Tahidast, Psychiatric Speech Disorders, Sound Disorders, Qualitative Studies

Dr. Banafsheh Mansouri, voice disorders and resonance

Dr. Mojgan Asadi, Language Disorders during growth period

 

Views

Being among the first three educational Speech therapy groups of Type 2 universities

Being among the top 5 educational groups of Speech therapy of Iran in terms of research

Establishment of a Ph.D. course in Speech therapy

 

Academic Staff:

 

Name

Degree/ Major

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Jalal Bakhtiari

Assistant prof, Speech Therapy

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Masoumeh Salmani

Assistant prof, Speech Therapy

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Fatemeh Kasbi

MSc, Speech Therapy

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Maryam Mokhlessin

MSc, Speech Therapy

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Mojgan Asadi

Assistant prof, Speech Therapy

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Seyed Abolfazl Tohidast

Assistant prof, Speech Therapy

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Dr Banafshe Mansoori

Assistant prof, Speech Therapy

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Head of Department:
Dr Seyed Abolfazl Tohidast
slp.tohidast@gmail.com