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THE LOW­DOWN

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Speech ther­a­pists di­ag­nose and pro­vide treat­ment/coun­selling to peo­ple with speech, voice and lan­guage (and hear­ing) prob­lems due to var­i­ous causes, such as in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, autism, cere­bral palsy, strokes, ac­ci­dents and can­cer. Speech ther­apy is still in its in­fancy as the num­ber of qual­i­fied speech ther­a­pists in In­dia is very small. Thus, the job prospects are tremen­dous. The ser­vices of speech ther­a­pists, apart from the hos­pi­tals, pri­vate prac­tice, and schools, are avail­able in com­mu­nity-based re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive pro­grammes, spe­cial schools for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, de­part­ments of phys­i­cal medicine, old age homes, train­ing in­sti­tutes and re­search in­sti­tutes. Speech-lan­guage pathol­o­gists and au­di­ol­o­gists have job op­por­tu­ni­ties in In­dia and other des­ti­na­tions such as the United States, the United King­dom, Canada and Gulf coun­tries

CLOCK­WORK 9am: Start deal­ing with pa­tients re­ferred for speech prob­lems, in the OPD 1.30pm: Lunch 2pm: At­tend spe­cialised clin­ics/in­ward pa­tient 3pm: At­tend to pa­tients with spe­cial needs 4pm: Com­plete file work/re­ports 5pm: Pack up for the day and re­turn home

THE PAY­OFF The start­ing salary de­pends on whether a speech-lan­guage pathol­o­gist holds a clin­i­cal or teach­ing fac­ulty po­si­tion in a hos­pi­tal or at a train­ing cen­tre. The ini­tial salary may range from R20,000 to R30,000 a month. In the pri­vate sec­tor, earn­ings de­pend on work set­tings and your ex­per­tise SKILLS/TRAITS Sci­en­tific ap­ti­tude Strong in­ter­per­sonal skills to work with pa­tients of dif­fer­ent age groups

GET­TING THERE The el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­rion for the bach­e­lor’s in hear­ing and speech and lan­guage pathol­ogy varies. Even the dif­fer­ent cen­tres of Mum­bai-based Ali Yavar Jung National In­sti­tute for the Hear­ing Hand­i­capped ask for vary­ing sub­ject com­bi­na­tions (in­clud­ing physics, chem­istry, bi­ol­ogy, maths, English, and com­puter science, among oth­ers). Check the de­tails with in­di­vid­ual in­sti­tu­tions IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS Ali Yavar Jung National In­sti­tute for the Hear­ing Hand­i­capped, Mum­bai www.ayjnihh.nic.in All In­dia In­sti­tute of Speech & Hear­ing, Mysore www.ai­ish­mysore.com Dr SRC In­sti­tute of Speech and Hear­ing, Ban­ga­lore www.speec­hear.org Dr MV Shetty In­sti­tute of Speech and Hear­ing, Man­ga­lore www.dr­mvst.org PROS AND CONS De­mand-sup­ply gap; huge po­ten­tial in the field in In­dia Job op­por­tu­ni­ties abroad Not much aware­ness about such dis­or­ders and their treat­ment

IMAGESBAZAAR

Rise in de­mand: Speech ther­a­pists can work in govern­ment as well as pri­vate hos­pi­tals. They are much in de­mand in sev­eral de­vel­oped coun­tries

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