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Auditory Processing Disorders: Training of Speech-Language Therapists and Audiologist within the South African context

Farhana Khan, Nicci Campbell, Brenda Louw
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 54, No 1 | a758 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v54i1.758 | © 2020 Farhana Khan, Nicci Campbell, Brenda Louw | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 April 2020 | Published: 31 December 2007

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Farhana Khan, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Nicci Campbell, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Brenda Louw, Department of Communication Pathology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This study examined the nature of the undergraduate curricula for Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) for communication pathologists (speech-language therapists and audiologists) within the South African context. An exploratory descriptive survey design was utilised. The respondents (N=9) were the authoritative voices in the area of APD, i.e. academics based at training institutions involved in the training of Speech-Language Therapists and Audiologists in the field of APD. They represented the five institutions providing training in APD at the time of data collection. A specifically designed questionnaire and the course descriptors and/or study guides were used to obtain information on the APD training programmes at each institution. A curriculum analysis framework was utilised to analyse the curricula (Jansen & Reddy, 1998). The study found no standard with regard to lecture and clinical time allocation. The time allocated to the theoretical training in APD across the training institutions varied significantly from 4 hours 30 minutes to 53 hours and that for clinical training varied from 7 to 48 hours. However, the results showed that the curricula offered in APD at all training institutions compared favourably with international trends. Information was not forthcoming on how the South African social and contextual issues were incorporated into training in APD.


Communication pathologist (speech-language therapist and audiologist); curricula; Auditory Processing Disorder; training institutions


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