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Speech Pathology and Audiology

Welcome to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

The human kind is endowed with highly complex cognitive communication systems. These systems are vulnerable to disease processes and environmental influences rendering the individuals communicatively handicapped. The Department of Speech pathology and Audiology thus deals with the disorders of human communication system. This department was established with an independent status on 4th August 1980. It employs a multidisciplinary team approach and probably is the only department housed in the neuropsychiatric set-up in the country. It is situated in its new premises in the ground floor (G14) of the OPD block.

The department comprises of Dr.M.Jayarm, Senior Professor, Dr.N.Shivashankar, Professor and HOD, Dr. V.P.Vandana and Dr.B.K.Yamini, Assistant Professors and, three Speech Therapists: Dr.Aravindkumar R, Dr. Pradeep Y and Dr. S. S. Meera. The department runs on OPD basis in the mornings under two units; Unit I with Dr.M.Jayaram as the Unit head operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while Unit II with Dr.N.Shivashankar as its head operates on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each day afternoon is dedicated for demonstration therapy, Follow-ups and individual therapy which operates under both units.

We cater to the needs of individuals with communication disabilities across the life span offering diagnostic, counseling as well as interventional services. The department is the most sought after training centre for students in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology as well as Otolaryngology. The doctoral program in Speech Pathology and Audiology which started in the year 2002 has become an ambitious program to many post-graduate students in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. The research activities focus upon Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dysarthria, Dementia, Aphasia, Bi/Multilingualism, Stuttering, Auditory Neuropathy, Central Auditory Disorders, Tumors of central nervous system affecting auditory system, Auditory hallucination, Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and other Psychiatric speech and language disorders. The department is also involved in public education programs and interdepartmental teaching and guidance.