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Speech Pathology and Audiology

Welcome to the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology.

The human kind is endowed with highly complex cognitive communication systems. These systems are vulnerable to disease processes and environmental influences rendering the individuals communicatively handicapped. The Department of Speech pathology and Audiology thus deals with the disorders of human communication system. This department was established with an independent status on 4th August 1980. It employs a multidisciplinary team approach and probably is the only department housed in the neuropsychiatric set-up in the country. It is situated in its new premises in the ground floor (G14) of the OPD block.

The department comprises of Dr.N.Shivashankar, Professor and HOD, Dr. V.P.Vandana and Dr.B.K.Yamini, Assistant Professors and, three Speech Therapists: Dr.Aravindkumar R, Dr. Pradeep Y and Dr. S. S. Meera. New patients are seen every day in the fore-noon and afternoons are dedicated for demonstration therapy and regular individualized intervention programs. Follow-up patients are seen on appointment basis..

We cater to the needs of individuals with communication disabilities across the life span offering diagnostic, counseling as well as interventional services. The department is the most sought after training centre for students in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology as well as Otolaryngology. The doctoral program in Speech Pathology and Audiology which started in the year 2002 has become an ambitious program to many post-graduate students in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. The research activities focus upon Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dysarthria, Dementia, Aphasia, Bi/Multilingualism, Stuttering, Auditory Neuropathy, Central Auditory Disorders, Tumors of central nervous system affecting auditory system, Auditory hallucination, Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and other Psychiatric speech and language disorders. The department is also involved in public education programs and interdepartmental teaching and guidance.

  • Complete Address Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologyG14, OPD Block, NIMHANS, Bangalore Office Telephone 091-080-26995568091-080-26995595 Office Fax   Office Email Address  
  • The students from various speech and hearing graduate training institutions in the country are posted for two months to undergo clinical training. These student internees are supervised by the professional staff of the department during their diagnostic and therapeutic work-up to gain hands-on experience to deal with patients. They are trained in applying tests and tools for evaluation of speech and language functions; various audiological equipment and tests to evaluate the auditory system.
  • Research areas of interest: Dr.N.Shivashankar: Neuroaudiology including Central Auditory Processing Disorders and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aphasia, Dementia, Bi/Multilingualism. Dr.Vandana.V.P: Neurogenic communication disorders, Dysarthria, Deep brain stimulation and speech in Parkinson’s disease, Neuroimaging of Speech and Language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication.
  • Types of patients seen at the department: Children with Communication Disorders due to; 1. Developmental lag secondary to intellectual developmental disorder, 2. Autism Spectrum disorder 3. Specific Language Impairment 4. Developmental Dyspraxia 5. Childhood Dysphasia 6. Stuttering 7. Phonological Disorders 8. Learning Disability 9. Voice Disorders 10. Clefts (repaired/unrepaired) in the oral structure
  • We offer diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with neuro communication disorders.
  • Vision: To be the most acclaimed department nationally and internationally in fostering the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in the areas of clinical services, manpower training and research from the neuropsychiatric perspective. Mission:
  • The Department was initially an integral part of the Department of Neurology as a ‘Speech Therapy Unit’ from 1971- 1980. It was accorded an independent status of a department in 1980 following forethought efforts of the then Head of the Department of Neurology; Dr. M. Gourie-Devi, and Director; Dr. G.N. Narayana Reddy. It was re-named as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1988 to project its nature of work in the areas of Speech-Language pathology and Audiology.

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Contact

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Complete Address Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
G14, OPD Block, NIMHANS, Bangalore
Office Telephone 091-080-26995568
091-080-26995595
Office Fax  
Office Email Address  

Academics / Courses Conducted

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The students from various speech and hearing graduate training institutions in the country are posted for two months to undergo clinical training. These student internees are supervised by the professional staff of the department during their diagnostic and therapeutic work-up to gain hands-on experience to deal with patients. They are trained in applying tests and tools for evaluation of speech and language functions; various audiological equipment and tests to evaluate the auditory system.

Research

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Research areas of interest:

Dr.N.Shivashankar: Neuroaudiology including Central Auditory Processing Disorders and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorders. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Aphasia, Dementia, Bi/Multilingualism.

Dr.Vandana.V.P: Neurogenic communication disorders, Dysarthria, Deep brain stimulation and speech in Parkinson’s disease, Neuroimaging of Speech and Language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication.

Dr.Yamini B.K: Neurogenic communication disorders, Dysphagia and acoustic analysis of speech

Services

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Types of patients seen at the department:

Children with Communication Disorders due to;

1. Developmental lag secondary to intellectual developmental disorder,

2. Autism Spectrum disorder

3. Specific Language Impairment

4. Developmental Dyspraxia

5. Childhood Dysphasia

6. Stuttering

7. Phonological Disorders

8. Learning Disability

9. Voice Disorders

10. Clefts (repaired/unrepaired) in the oral structure

11. Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke

12. Cerebral Palsy

13. Functional Disorders

What we do

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We offer diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with neuro communication disorders. We train students in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology to get clinical acumen, conduct research to understand communication disorders in the brain-behavior axis and develop interventional strategies, take part in public education through electronic media regarding speech and hearing disorders and participate in public lectures beside publication of research and clinical findings in national and international journals as well as present scientific papers in conferences.

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Vision, Mission, and Objectives

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Vision:

To be the most acclaimed department nationally and internationally in fostering the field of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in the areas of clinical services, manpower training and research from the neuropsychiatric perspective.

Mission:

Department

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The Department was initially an integral part of the Department of Neurology as a ‘Speech Therapy Unit’ from 1971- 1980. It was accorded an independent status of a department in 1980 following forethought efforts of the then Head of the Department of Neurology; Dr. M. Gourie-Devi, and Director; Dr. G.N. Narayana Reddy. It was re-named as the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1988 to project its nature of work in the areas of Speech-Language pathology and Audiology. The new premises was inaugurated by Sri. S.K.Srivastava, IAS, Addl.