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The Department is one of the core technical departments of this Institute which was established on 9th August 1983, the day on which the Institute was established and has been functioning efficiently since then. The department is one of the core technical departments of the Institute and has contributed in a myriad of ways enhancing the progress of the Institute during the past 30 years. Contributions and activities of the department comprise of clinic and consultancy services, manpower development, in house and extra mural research, community awareness programs, short term training programs and material development.
In addition to providing assessment and (re)habilitation services to the one of the most recent and advanced unit of the Institute viz. Cochlear Implant Unit (Dept. of Audiology), the Clinic of the Department has two Specialized Unitsviz. Voice Unit for Individuals with Voice disorders and Unit for individuals with Cleft lip and/or palate. Recently, i.e. in January 2012, an important unit was added viz. Unit for assessment and rehabilitation of individuals having swallowing disorders. The most outstanding feature of these Specialized Units of the Clinic is that they are well equipped with instruments which are recent, advanced and have the state-of-art technologies.
In addition to the aforementioned Specialized Units, the various sub-sections of the Department of Speech and Language Pathology include Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Group Therapy Unit (especially for children with hearing impairment), Speech Science Laboratory, Recording room and Speech Therapy Park.
Being equipped with the state of art technology the Department of Speech and Language Pathology provides advanced clinical services to all patients visiting the Institute from various parts of the country.Clinical services are provided toboth Pediatric and Geriatric patients and are provided under two broad sections viz. diagnostic and therapeutic/rehabilitative.
The clinical services provided by the Department of Speech and Language Pathology can be divided into A.) Services provided to Persons with Speech and/ or Language problems due to Hearing Impairment and B.) Services provided to Persons with Speech and/or Language problems, but for those who may not have hearing impairment. C.) Services provided to Persons having problems in Swallowing
Services provided to Persons with Speech and/or Language problems due to Hearing Impairment: The clinical services provided include
Clinical services to Cochlear Implantees
Services provided to Persons with Speech and/or Language problems but those who may not have hearing impairment
The disorders included are as follows
Both diagnostic and rehabilitative are provided for the aforementioned disorders. A number of latest and advanced instruments are used for the assessment and therapy for these disorders, which are as follows
Services provided to Persons having problems in Swallowing: Both Diagnostic and intervention of swallowing disorders following stroke, Parkinson’s disease and /or any aforementioned neurogenic motor speech disorders. The objective assessment and intervention is done with the help of the instrument Digital Accelerometry for Swallow Imaging (DASI, Elixir Research, USA)
Trained skilled manpower is essential for conducting diagnosis and for providing rehabilitative services. In the country there is a paucity of trained professionals to deal with the above.Hence, to fulfill such needs the Institute provides various under graduate and post graduate courses in the area of speech, hearing and education of hearing impaired and other speech-language disorders. These include BASLP, MASLP, B.Ed(HI), M.Ed (HI). Department contributes immensely in preparing this manpower by providing in-depth training both theoretical and practical to the students enrolled.
Similarly, the Department also conducts short term RCI recognized CRE programs / workshops within Mumbai and in any part of the country, for DHLS, BEd(HI) professionals. The duration of the program/workshop is between 3 to 5 days. One short term training program focuses on speech problems of hearing impaired, whereas, the other program focuses on any other speech/language disorders and is designed for Master trainers.
The Faculty of the Dept. have a number of publications in peer reviewed National and International Journals.
is in the form of dissertations of MASLP students (9 per year) and also in the form of Research projects.
Department has conducted and successfully completed a number of Research projects in various areas of Speech and Language Pathology. The projects which have been successfully completed are as follows
Faculty of the Department has also guided more than 100 students for completion of their dissertation work as a part of their Master’s program, in various areas of Speech and Language Pathology including clinical and diagnostic areas. Outcome of some of these projects and dissertations is available in the form of various tests and tools for assessment and rehabilitation of individuals with speech and / or language disorders.
Further, the Department has also conducted small scale research, in the form of short studies and each year has presented the same in the form of articles/ studies at various National and International conferences. One of the papers, titled, ‘Comparison of voice parameters of cochlear implantees with those of children with hearing impairment using hearing aids and normal hearing children’, presented at the First Annual Conference of Laryngology and Voice Association (India), held in February 2012, received the best paper award.
Another paper, titled, ‘Quality of Life of Individuals with Cleft Lip/Palate’ received the first prize at the Asia Pacific Conference on Cleft Lip/Palate, held at Hyderabad in 2006. At the Cutting Edge Laryngology Conference held at Royal College of Surgeons, England, London, in June 2013, where ASLPs and ENT doctors from 30 countries participated, two papers of the Department were selected as poster presentations. Their titles are as follows: 1. ‘Use of International Classification of Functioning (ICF) for Assessment and Intervention of Voice Disorders’, and 2. ‘Use of Digital Accelerometry for Swallow Imaging (DASI) for Assessment of Swallowing Problems due to Neurogenic Disorders’.
Papers from the Department has been accepted for the Asia Pacific Conference on Cochlear Implants held Internationally-
Faculty of the Department and the Clinical staff have been actively involved in the development of material for early identification, assessment and (re)habilitation of individuals with hearing and speech impairment. Some of the material in the form of pamphlets, booklets and books include
Consultancy services are provided for construction of therapy rooms.
Department actively participates in various community awareness programs and camps conducted by other departments of the Institute, in semi-urban and rural areas of Maharashtra and other states.
Faculty of the Department is involved in inspection of NGO organizations as per instructions of MSJ E, GOI. Further, faculty is also invited as Resource persons for workshops and conferences held Nationally and Internationally.
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|1||Dr Arun Banik||Incharge, Reader and Faculty in the field of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology||Ph.D., M.Sc. (Speech & Hearing), M.S. (UK), M.A. (Distance Education), M.A. (Education), PGDHRM, PGDDE||31 Years||His area of research interest is language assessment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation of speech and hearing impaired disabled|
|2||Dr. Sadhana A. Relekar||Lecturer, In-charge - Students Placement Cell||PhD. in Speech and Language Pathology||34 years||
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|3||Smt. Ravali P. Mathur||Lecturer||MASLP||12 years 10 months||Speech language pathology.
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|1||Shri. Pramod G. Waghmare||Electronic Technician|
|2||Smt. Sindhu Nambiar||Clinical Supervisor|
|3||Smt. Seema Singh||Speech Pathologist and Audiologist|
|4||Smt. Shampa Mallick||Speech Pathologist and Audiologist|
|5||Smt. Sarita S. Sharma||Speech Pathologist and Audiologist|
|6||Smt. Shubhangi S. Sawant||Nurse cum Hostel Asst.|
|7||Shri Sanjay Tambe||Pump Attendant|
|8||Smt. Reshma Kambli||MTS|