Studying Speech-Language Pathology

Multiprofessional Teaching Clinic
The Turku University SPL Clinic

The University of Turku's SPL unit offers speech therapy to client by students. More specifically, SPL students evaluate, guide, and rehabilitate speech, language and communication problems of client under the guidance of a certified speech therapist.

Clients are in general referred to speech therapy at the SPL department on recommendation of the municipality or the treating speech therapist. The therapy is outlined in a written report and will be made available to the client and the referring therapist.
 
The tutors/supervisors of the speech therapy are teachers at the SPL-unit, who are certified speech therapists themselves and have their own practice as well. In addition, a collaborating speech therapist outside the unit may serve as a supervisor. We also arrange internships for students at various places in the healthcare sector.
 
Questions related to the SPL clinic’s teaching activities may be directed to clinical teacher and speech therapist Aura Yli-Savola's (aura.yli-Savola (at) utu.fi, tel. +358 40 716 1182; Mondays and Wednesdays).

Studies

During the degree program of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP), students learn about normal speech, language and interaction skills, disorders, and speech-language pathology diagnosis and rehabilitation. The course program is cross-disciplinary; it also includes courses in phonetics, psychology and medical studies.

Our SLP unit is involved in multidisciplinary and collaborative research at national and internationally valued levels. The unit has strongly committed itself to neurocognitive and experimental research. This research profile is reflected in the courses being taught at the SPL unit.

After graduation

Students graduated from SPL get the Master of Philosophy degree and can apply for the qualification of a certified speech therapist. The course program has provided the skills and the expertise needed to deal with the multitude of tasks that are part and parcel of the profession of speech therapist. After graduate studies, students may undertake postgraduate studies to earn a Ph.D. degree.

PuTeX ry – the SPL student association

The SPL student association was founded at the University of Turku in autumn 2005 and started its activities in spring 2006. Putex brings students together, represents the students in official committees and establishes/maintain contacts with relevant partners. In addition, the association organizes social, sportive and professional activities. These include, for example, get-togethers, parties, sport days and sightseeing tours. Events are organized all year round.

You can learn more about PuTeX on the association’s website, www.putex.com