Speech-Language Pathology

Department Location

Cambridge Building
7 Cambridge Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611 

Program Director

Rhea Paul
Program Director
Tel: 203-416-3950
Paulr4@SacredHeart.edu

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.

The College of Health Professions has three Speech-Language Pathology options:

This program has been licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and has been awarded Candidacy, the first stage of Accreditation awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded to new  programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA’s Standards Compliance Continuum, for an initial  period of five years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will meet all requirements for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists. 

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

Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition

The third edition of Rhea Paul's bestselling core textbook, Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, Third Edition, has been released.  The book has been thoroughly revised and based on updated ASHA standards. Click here for more information


SLP Program awarded candidacy by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association.

The Speech-Language Pathology Program at SHU was awarded Candidacy, the first stage of Accreditation awarded by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American  Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). This status is awarded to new  programs that demonstrate compliance with the Standards for Accreditation as outlined in CAA’s Standards Compliance Continuum, for an initial  period of five years. It allows the program to matriculate and graduate students who, upon successful completion of the program, will meet all requirements for national certification and state licensure as Speech-Language Pathologists. 


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Culture Chameleon is a blog about multiculturalism, multilingualism, and Prof. Robin Danzak's adventures as a Fulbright scholar in Padua, Italy. 

 

 


SHU Anticipates Launch of New Master’s Degree in Speech-Language Pathology

January 29, 2014

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s College of Health Professions plans to inaugurate a new master’s degree program in speech-language pathology. Aiming for a start in fall 2014, the program is designed to require five terms of study to be completed in two years.

Rhea Paul Elected VP of International Association for the Study of Child Language

December 17, 2013

Fairfield, CONN. - Professor Rhea Paul, chair of the Speech-Language Pathology Department in the College of Health Professions, was elected vice president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL). The Association was founded to promote international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the study of child language and sponsors the triennial International Congress for the Study of Child Language. In addition to the congresses, the IASCL produces the Child Language Bulletin and publishes three leading journals in the field, First Language, the Journal of Child Language and the International Journal of Bilingualism, as well as the series, Trends in Language Acquisition Research. The Association assists colleagues in countries with difficult economic circumstances by providing subsidies for participation at the Congresses.

Professor Robin Danzak Receives Fulbright Junior Research Award

December 12, 2013

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Professor Robin Danzak, of Sacred Heart University’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology, was recently awarded the Fulbright Junior Research Award. This research-based award is one of the core Fulbright Scholar awards for recipients in the early stages of their careers. Danzak, who earned a doctorate degree in 2009, will be sent to Italy to work at the University of Padua for four months where she will conduct a research project on the bilingual writing of Italian middle school students who are studying English.