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


Número: R/A-Ef812/2011/AL01
N.º Despacho/Portaria: Despacho nº. 13250/2016 (2ª. Série)
1º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Aquisição e Desenvolvimento da Linguagem II Semester
Bases Para a Terapia da Fala II Semester
Fonologia Semester
Linguística e Análise do Discurso II Semester
Neuroanatomia e Neurofisiologia Semester
Anatomy Of Speech Systems Semester
Anatomophysiology Semester
Biostatistics Semester
Linguística e Análise do Discurso I Semester
Psicologia do Desenvolvimento II Semester
Aquisição e Desenvolvimento da Linguagem I Semester
Bases Para a Terapia da Fala I Semester
Psicologia do Desenvolvimento I Semester
Fonética Semester
2º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Ciências Liguísticas e Análise Fonológica do Discurso Semester
Bases Para a Terapia da Fala III Semester
Bases Para a Terapia da Fala IV Semester
Perturbações da Voz na Comunicação Humana II Semester
Comunicação Aumentativa e Alternativa Semester
Perturbações da Voz na Comunicação Humana I Semester
Perturbações da Linguagem na Criança Semester
Perturbações da Fluência na Comunicação Humana Semester
Clinical Education I Semester
Orofacial Motion And Sensitivity And Swallowing Semester
Language Neurology Semester
Articulation Disorders In Human Communication Semester
General And Respiratory Pathology Semester
Psychopedagogy Semester
3º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Research Project In Speech Therapy I Annual
Bases Para a Terapia da Fala V Semester
Perturbações da Linguagem no Adulto Semester
Perturbações da Comunicação Humana na Perturbação Neuromotora Semester
Gestão das Organizações e Sociedade Semester
Discussão de Casos Semester
Clinical Education II Semester
Contexts Of Specific Intervention Semester
Human Communication Disorders In Deafness Semester
Motor Disorders Of Speech Semester
Data Analysis And Processing Semester
Perceptual Bases For Communication Semester
Communication Skills In Interpersonal Relations Semester
4º Ano
Unidade curricular Período ECTS
Clinical Education III Annual
Projecto de Investigação em Terapia da Fala II Annual
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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