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School of Human and Community Development - Speech Pathology and Audiology


Welcome to Speech Pathology and Audiology

Wits Speech Pathology and Audiology at the University of the Witwatersrand celebrated its 70th birthday in 2006. The discipline is the oldest established university facility in the speech-language pathology and audiology in the country. Speech Pathology and Audiology concern the processes and disorders of human communication. Speech Pathologists and Audiologists complete courses which include the study of normal hearing, speech, and language development, speech acoustics, speech physiology and perception, the nature of language, speech and hearing disorders in children and adults, social and cultural aspects of communication disorders, and the clinical processes involved in identification, prevention, and management of those disorders.


Speech Pathology and Audiology at Wits includes

  • Training Speech Pathologists and Audiologists at the undergraduate level.
  • Providing postgraduate studies at the Master's level in either Speech Pathology or Audiology. Options include coursework or clinical work (both of these options include a research component), or pure research by dissertation. Advanced hearing science
  • PhD supervision.
  • Ongoing research in communication science and on communication pathologies.
  • Provision of speech-language and hearing therapy to members of the public who experience communication difficulties, and supoprt for their families.
  • Adherence to policies of community engagement and community work.

Wits Speech Pathology and Audiology has an international reputation and a history of excellence in scholarship. It fosters ongoing development of its academic and clinical staff, supports research, rewards publication, and advances the field through published research and professional activity at the local, national, and international levels. Wits Speech Pathology and Audiology also achieves excellence in clinical services which are an example to the region and, through published research, to the world.



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Secretary: 011 717 4577
Clinic Secretary: 011 717 4567
Fax: 011 717 4572

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