The Department of Communication Therapy (CT) goes back to 1991 when it launched the first local degree programme of education and training in Communication Therapy (Speech and Language Pathology).
We aim to achieve excellence and develop international standing in the education and training of caring, accountable and autonomous Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs). We are very active both in research and provision of programmes of study and currently offer the following courses:
- Full-time degree programme in Communication Therapy on a regular basis, which is geared towards the preparation of generic speech-language pathologists. This course offers the initial education for these practitioners
- Part-time postgraduate course leading to M.Sc. in Clinical Speech and Language Sciences
- Part-time postgraduate course leading to M.Sc. in Audiology
- Full-time/part-time postgraduate course leading to M.Sc. (by Research), and
- Doctoral programme leading to the award of M.Phil./Ph.D.
We service other local and European Faculties/Institutes through the provision of theoretical courses as well as supervision and examination of research projectsand share our knowledge and skills with local and foreign service providers.
Most of our research focuses on the development and standardisation of novel diagnostic assessment batteries to identify local children with speech, verbal/written language and auditory processing difficulties.
Other ongoing projects are related to fluency disorders; lexical skills in monolingual and bilingual young children; the development of a smart device for assessment and intervention with children having developmental language disorder; reading skills in individuals with Down Syndrome; assessment of written language difficulties including dyscalculia; reading comprehension intervention, otitis media in Maltese children; assessments for individuals with aphasia; exploring outcomes for individuals with aphasia; and perception of professionals and the general public regarding developmental language disorder.
Our Department has been involved in staff and student exchange since its infancy. Over the years we have signed several bilateral agreements with European teaching establishments so that both incoming and outgoing mobility visits are implemented on a regular basis.
Our Department is a member of the Speech Language Therapy International (SLT-IN) Consortium. Through the Consortium the Department strengthened its ties with European and International colleagues. One of the main activities of the Consortium is the annual Summer School which has been offered since 1993, under the European Erasmus Programme. This discipline-related project is geared for speech language therapy (communication therapy) students and complements the regular course programme of the participating departments. Students and staff work together intensively for a week on specialised topics within the relevant scientific and clinical field.