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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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726 - Terapia e reabilitação
Número: R/A-Ef812/2011/AL01
N.º Despacho/Portaria: Despacho nº. 13250/2016 (2ª. Série)
1º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Language Development and Aquisition II Semester 6.0
Basis for Speech Therapy II Semester 6.5
Phonology Semester 1.5
Linguistics and Speech Analysis II Semester 3.0
Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology Semester 5.5
Anatomy Of Speech Systems Semester 2.5
Anatomophysiology Semester 6.5
Biostatistics Semester 4.0
Linguistics and Speech Analysis I Semester 2.5
Developmental Psychology II Semester 5.0
Acquisition and Development of the Language I Semester 4.0
Basis for Speech Therapy I Semester 4.0
Developmental Psychology I Semester 4.0
Phonetics Semester 5.0
2º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Linguistics Sciences and Speech Phonological Analysis Semester 4.5
Basis for Speech Therapy III Semester 4.0
Basis for Speech Therapy IV Semester 6.0
Voice Disorders in Human Communication II Semester 4.5
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Semester 4.0
Voice Disorders in Human Communication I Semester 4.0
Language Disorders in Children Semester 5.5
Fluency Disorders in Human Communication Semester 5.5
Clinical Education I Semester 2.0
Orofacial Motion And Sensitivity And Swallowing Semester 4.0
Language Neurology Semester 6.0
Articulation Disorders In Human Communication Semester 4.0
General And Respiratory Pathology Semester 3.5
Psychopedagogy Semester 2.5
3º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Research Project In Speech Therapy I Annual 4.0
Basis for Speech Therapy V Semester 6.0
Adult Language Disorders Semester 5.0
Communication Disorders in Neurological Conditions Semester 7.5
Organisational Management and Society Semester 5.0
Case Discussion Semester 4.5
Clinical Education II Semester 4.0
Contexts Of Specific Intervention Semester 4.5
Human Communication Disorders In Deafness Semester 7.0
Motor Disorders Of Speech Semester 2.5
Data Analysis And Processing Semester 5.0
Perceptual Bases For Communication Semester 3.0
Communication Skills In Interpersonal Relations Semester 2.0
4º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Clinical Education III Annual 54.0
Research Project In Speech Therapy II Annual 6.0
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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