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Speech Therapy

Speech Therapeutics or Speech Therapy, an intervention addressed to communication, language, speech and swallowing, first appeared in the United States of America (USA), meant for the rehabilitation of soldiers deployed to World War II and the Vietnam War. This therapy was aimed at recovering the lost faculties, particularly speech, in adult patients.

Nowadays, the scope of activity of a Speech Therapist (ST) is substantially larger, comprising all the alterations in Language, Communication and Interaction of patients from all age groups, as well as swallowing alterations and other related pathologies. This enlargement resulted in the extension of the patients’ clinical picture to other areas. Despite a constant evolution in the rehabilitation field, the speech therapist was called up to promote the integration of children suffering from communication, language and speech disorders. On the other hand, the Speech area was itself subdivided, with professionals specializing in Articulation, Voice or Vocal Loss, according to the departments they work for.

Nowadays we find STs in teams of Early Intervention, educational teams working with children and adolescents, (especially in Deaf nuclei and Multidisabilities Support units), in teams of rehabilitation of children/adults, and in specific areas such as Otolaryngology (hearing and voice disorders,…), Orthotics, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Plastic Surgery meant for the reconstruction of organs involved in speech delivery, Neurology, support centres to junior and senior populations, or in Long-term Care Units


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Área CNAEF: 726 - Terapia e reabilitação

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Número: R/B-AD-260/2008
N.º Despacho/Portaria: Despacho n.º 9281/2010 (2.ª Série),
Unidade Ano Período
Health Sociology 1 1st Trimester
Psychosociology 1 2nd Trimester
Research Methods In Speech Therapy 1 3rd Trimester
Clinical Education I 1 3rd Trimester
Linguistics 1 Annual
Phonetics and Phonology 1 Annual
Developmental Psychology 1 Annual
Speech Therapy Process I 1 Annual
Biological Bases For Speech Therapy I 1 Annual
Biological Bases For Speech Therapy II 1 Annual
Vocal Technique 1 Annual
Acquisition and Development of the Language 1 Annual
Otorhinolaryngology 2 1st Trimester
Anatomy Of Speech Systems 2 1st Trimester
Phonological Analysis Of Speech 2 1st Trimester
Psycholinguistics And Sociolinguistics 2 1st Trimester
Psychopedagogy 2 1st Trimester
Orofacial Motion And Sensitivity And Swallowing 2 1st and 2nd Trimester
General And Respiratory Pathology 2 2nd Trimester
Biostatistics I 2 2nd and 3rd Trimester
Fluency Disorders In Human Communication I 2 2nd and 3rd Trimester
Articulation Disorders In Human Communication 2 2nd and 3rd Trimester
Language Disorders In Human Communication 2 2nd and 3rd Trimester
Augmentative And Alternative Communication I 2 3rd Trimester
Audiology 2 3rd Trimester
Bioethical and Professional Issues 2 Annual
Clinical Education II 2 Annual
Language Neurology 2 Annual
Voice Disorders In Human Communication 2 Annual
Speech Therapy Process II 2 Annual
Adult Language Disorders In The Human Communication 3 1st Trimester
Fluency Disorders In Human Communication II 3 1st Trimester
Motor Disorders Of Speech 3 1st Trimester
Perceptual Bases For Communication 3 1st Trimester
Augmentative And Alternative Communication II 3 1st Trimester
Clinical Education III 3 1st and 2nd Trimester
Human Communication Disorders In Neuromotor Disorders 3 1st and 2nd Trimester
Human Communication Disorders In Deafness 3 1st and 2nd Trimester
Speech Therapy Process III 3 1st and 2nd Trimester
Cases Discussion I 3 2nd Trimester
Contexts Of Specific Intervention 3 2nd and 3rd Trimester
Biostatistics II 3 3rd Trimester
Development and Validation of Research Tools 3 3rd Trimester
Health Administration And Management 3 3rd Trimester
Case Discussion II 3 3rd Trimester
Data Analysis And Processing 3 3rd Trimester
Speech Therapy Prevention 3 3rd Trimester
Research Project In Speech Therapy I 3 3rd Trimester
Communication Skills In Interpersonal Relations 3 3rd Trimester
Clinical Education IV 4 1st Trimester
Research Project In Speech Therapy II 4 Annual
Clinical Education VI 4 Trimester
Clinical Education V 4 Trimester
The speech therapist works in public or private healthcare institutions, such as hospitals, private practices and rehabilitation centres. He can also develop his activity in other contexts, such as kindergartens, schools of regular and special education, third age support centres, long-term care units, as well as occupying research and teaching positions in higher education institutions.

Application Grade (minimum)

95 points

Tests for Admission

95 points

02 Biology and Geology

Application Grade (Formula)

High School Average Grade 50%

Tests for Admission 50%


Medical Certificate

Individual Health Survey

Declaration of absence of language/speech pathologies and fluency in Portuguese

Speech Therapist Survey Template

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