Prepare for a career in speech-language pathology or audiology by learning to diagnose and treat a variety of speech, language, and swallowing disorders in patients. Learn about SHU’s Graduate Program, Undergraduate Minor or SLP Online Prerequisite Series.
Why Study Speech-Language Pathology?
Speech-language pathologists help people who are struggling with the most basic and critical of skills: speaking, communicating and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists need to have a strong desire to help people, a strong scientific background, and the warmth, sensitivity and resourcefulness to work with people having difficulty communicating. Speech-language pathologists have daily opportunities to make a real difference in peoples’ lives.
Speech-language pathologists often work as part of a team, which may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, physicians, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, rehabilitation counselors and others. Corporate speech-language pathologists also work with employees to improve communication with their customers, or modify foreign accents of workers to increase their communication potential. Some speech-language pathologists work with actors and singers to enhance their vocal skills.
Latest News & Events
CHEFA Grant Will Fund Critical Training to Evaluate Swallowing
March 27, 2018
Ciara Leydon, associate professor of speech-language pathology at Sacred Heart University, has received a $74,700 Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority (CHEFA) grant to develop systematic, standardized, simulation-driven training to evaluate patients’ ability to swallow. Feeding and swallowing disorders are serious and widespread, occurring in 50 percent of those who have had a stroke, head and neck cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, and 85 percent of children with disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and Down Syndrome.
Make it Work: Accommodating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Mainstream Classrooms
October 27, 2017
This presentation will provide an overview of characteristics of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and will introduce a range of strategies, including environmental supports, behavioral supports, instructional supports, and social supports, for enhancing inclusion and academic success. This session is designed for pre-service teachers, literacy and administration candidates.
Sacred Heart University to Celebrate Opening of Center for Healthcare Education
August 4, 2017
FAIRFIELD, Conn.—After nearly two years of construction, Sacred Heart University’s new Center for Healthcare Education is ready to open. Staff and faculty from the College of Health Professions and College of Nursing have moved into the state-of-the-art building, and students will begin their studies with the latest technology and modern features there this fall. The official unveiling will be Friday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., and health-care workshops and lectures will take place throughout the year to celebrate the new facility and inform the community about the importance of health care.