Speech Therapists, also known as speech pathologists and speech-language therapists, assess and treat speech, swallowing, language or communication problems in people of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. They may also work with people who have eating and swallowing problems.
Speech and language therapists work with a wide age-group of individuals ranging from infants to the elderly. The clientele includes:
infants and children with feeding difficulties (e.g. premature babies, children with cerebral palsy)
children with various speech and language disorders
children with autism and other learning difficulties
children with hearing impairment
adults with speech, language and/or swallowing difficulties following
· 4 years for Degree in Speech Pathology or
· 2 years for Masters in Speech Pathology (entry-level)
Speech therapists and other allied health professionals are governed by the Allied Health Professions Act and regulated by the Ministry of Health. Registration has commenced on 15 April 2013. A registrable qualification in speech therapy with the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) will be required for practise in Singapore. For more information on registration matters, please visit www.ahpc.gov.sg.
The Speech-Language and Hearing Association (SHAS), Singapore is the local professional association for speech therapists. If you wish to find out more about speech therapy in Singapore, please visit SHAS.
The allied health practitioner may not be able to conduct the full range of services/activities listed above, as his/her scope of practice depends on the level of training, experience and competence attained. The onus is on the employer and the practitioner to ensure that all services/activities are conducted within the scope of competence of the respective practitioner.