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Department of Speech language pathology

    Speech and Language evaluations and treatment are available for people of all ages. A comprehensive speech and language evaluation includes standardised and informal measures to appropriately assess the oral mechanism, speech sound articulation, speech production during co-articulation, receptive and expressive language (understanding language and expressing oneself at an age appropriate level) and fluency of speech.

    The series of assessment tools vary depending upon the individual needs of the patient. All testing is conducted by speech language pathologist licenced under the supreme council of health, Qatar. All the Speech language pathologists at QISH are well qualified to properly assess both children and adults with speech and language problems. They hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in speech language pathology and have many years of experience treating children with speech, language and hearing difficulties.

Speech Therapy

    This is a commonly used term that actually has three parts – Speech Therapy, Language Therapy and Communication Therapy. Speech Therapy addresses motor problems involving the oral structures (lips, tongue, teeth, palate, nasal cavity, breathing mechanism), where the child is unable to produce speech sounds or cannot produce them clearly.

    Language Therapy addresses cognitive (thinking) problems involving listening, paying attention, understanding, memory, organizing thought etc., where the child can speak but not in sentences, makes grammatical mistakes, has difficulty learning new words, and reading. Communication Therapy addresses social problems involving interest to interact, adapting to people and the environment, where the child can speak but only when he chooses to, doesn’t follow instructions, avoids people, answers irrelevantly etc.

Speech Therapist

    Speech Therapists provide consultation, assessment and diagnosis, treatment and counseling to families of children with delay or disorders in speech, language and communication. These are children who do not speak, do not speak clearly or do not want to speak.

When does a child need speech therapy?

    Speech, language, and swallowing difficulties can result from a variety of causes including developmental delays or disorders, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, voice pathology, mental retardation, hearing loss, stroke, brain injury or deterioration, or emotional problems. Problems can be congenital, developmental, or acquired.

Speech-language pathologists work with people:

  • who cannot produce speech sounds, or cannot produce them clearly;
  • who have problems with speech rhythm and fluency, such as stuttering;
  • who have voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice;
  • who have problems with understanding and producing language;
  • who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent;
  • who have cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders.
  • who have swallowing difficulties
Language Disorders

Developmental language Delay.
Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Specific Language Impairment.
Semantic Pragmatic Disorder.
Hearing Impairment.
Mental retardation.
Speech problems associated with Cleft Lip and Palate abnormalities.
Learning Disability.
Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder.
Cerebral Palsy.

Adult language disorders

Neurodegenerative disorders

Impairment in speech sound production

Apraxia of speech
Phonological processing disorders
Fluency disorders

Dysphagia Management


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