Education of Speech and Language Therapists/Logopedists in Selected Central and Southeastern European Countries: Challenges and New Horizons

Georgieva D., Wozniak T., Topbas S., Vitaskova K., Vukovic M., Zemva N., ...More

FOLIA PHONIATRICA ET LOGOPAEDICA, vol.66, no.4-5, pp.183-196, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 4-5
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000365753
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.183-196
  • Keywords: Logopedics, Training programs, Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, PATHOLOGISTS
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: To provide an overview of student training in speech and language therapy/logopedics (SLT) in selected Central and Southeastern European countries (Poland, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey). Method: Data were collected using a special questionnaire developed by Soderpalm and supplemented by Georgieva. Results from 23 SLT programs in the seven countries were collected and organized. Results: In all these countries, SLT has roots in special education or health and is centralized in the university environment. The training programs have positive accreditation provided by the national agencies of accreditation and evaluation. Results were examined specifically for evidence of the new paradigm of evidence-based practice (EBP) according to the revised International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP) guidelines and the application of research-based teaching in SLT. The professional bodies that govern clinical practice in public health and/or educational fields are in the process of EBP implementation. Most speech and language therapists/logopedists in the selected countries work in an educational setting, clinical organization and/or hospital as well as in social day care centers. Except in Turkey, private practices are not regulated by the law. Conclusions: In the seven countries examined in this survey, SLT is progressing as a professional discipline but must be supported by government funding of SLT education and services to relevant populations. (C) 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel