Department of the Communication Disorders
Head of the Department: prof. PaedDr. Zsolt Cséfalvay, PhD.
The Department of the Communication Disorders
The Department of Communication Disorders is the only department of this kind not only in Slovakia but in the whole central European region. The study is organized as full time with a standard length of 5 years. The graduation involves the final state exam (The theory of communication disorders, Diagnostics in communication disorders, Intervention in communication disorders) and the diploma thesis. The graduate acquires title Master (Mgr.). The aim of master communication disorders education is to prepare university graduated speech and language therapists with competency to work in healthcare, education and social affairs as well as in private facilities.
The education is realized in a credit course way. The fundamental core of the knowledge is made by the basic field in human communication and communication disorders (Introduction to Communication Disorders, Language Development) followed by the specific speech therapy disciplines (Speech sound disorders, Specific language disorders, Voice disorders, Cleft palate speech, Fluency disorders, Dyslexia, Aphasia, Dysarthria, Symptomatic communication disorders, Augmentative and alternative communication, etc.).
The post graduate study is provided in daily (4 years) and external (5 years) forms. After successful accomplishment of the dissertation the post graduant holds a PhD title. Doctoral studies prepare graduates of third level university course for independent, creative scientific work. The Department has granted the right to conduct habilitation proceedings and appointment proceedings for professors.
The members of the Department are the reputable speech and language therapists, who belong to the leading scientific authorities in communication disorders in Slovakia and abroad. Scientific and research activities of the Department has a continual character. Its members are dealing with domestic and foreign grants the results of which are accepted not only at home but also abroad.
The main fields of scientific research:
• assessing speech intelligibility of children and adults,
• diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders,
• longitudinal study of children’s gestures development,
• diagnosis and treatment of disorders in language development,
• communication disorders in acquired neurogenic disorders