B.A. IN COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS
Ono Academic College is proud to be the first private academic institution to receive accreditation from the Israel Council for Higher Education to award BA degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Communication Sciences and Disorders is a diagnostic and therapeutic-rehabilitative profession; its purpose is to facilitate processes of human communications using language, speech and hearing. Communication Sciences and Disorders is currently ranked 11 on the list of the 50 most desired professions in the United States.
Today’s speech therapists play key roles in processes of diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation for a wide variety of populations and are active in many different contexts within the health, education and welfare systems, according to their professional specializations, as well as in private clinics, patients’ homes and a variety of communal frameworks.
Many speech therapists work as members of interdisciplinary professional teams, together with professionals in many fields including medicine, nursing, education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, music and art therapy and movement therapy. Speech therapists are employed in a wide variety of frameworks depending on their field of specialization, including hospitals, institutes for diagnosis and treatment of hearing and speech difficulties, rehabilitation centers, educational institutions, a variety of community organizations, patients’ homes and private frameworks.
Professionals in Communication Sciences and Disorders diagnose and treat children and adults suffering from a range of disabilities including developmental difficulties related to speech and language, deafness and hearing loss, stuttering, hoarseness, pronunciation difficulties and reading and writing deficiencies. Furthermore, speech therapists play a leading role in parental guidance projects on the development of hearing and language in young children and projects for early detection and intervention in cases of hearing and language difficulties, in order to reduce future learning disabilities. For adults, too, it is important to prevent, identify and rehabilitate hearing loss, in order to maintain professional and social functioning. Communications professionals also work to promote accessibility and community involvement. In the course of their work, many therapists participate in clinical research, guiding students, teaching and research on language, hearing and speech development and disabilities.
The goal of the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Ono Academic College is to educate students to become excellent speech therapists in a variety of specializations, to acquire both an in-depth theoretical background and a high level of professional competency. To this end, we have constructed an up-to-date, applied educational program in Communication Sciences and Disorders that includes knowledge in the social and behavioral sciences, medicine and communications disorders.
The systematic training received by students in this program includes broad familiarity with additional health professions including occupational therapy and physical therapy, so they develop outstanding skills and the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team. Furthermore, both the teaching and the clinical experience specially emphasize development of skills for therapy and rehabilitation in the community, a unique community perspective and its application through community involvement.