Our speech-language pathology and audiology internships in Cape Town differ from those in first-world countries in that you will most likely get a lot more hands-on experience than what which you are used to. This will push you out of your comfort zone and help you learn which population of people you would prefer to work with. You will gain insight into which specific field of the profession you would like to focus on, and will develop much confidence in your career decision and skills. A speech-language pathology or audiology internship through VACorps will give you an increased understanding of the profession as a whole.
Speech therapy focuses on voice and speech-language skills. Speech-language pathologists or Speech Therapists work with people (most often, children) with physical or developmental delays to improve their ability to communicate with the people around them.
Speech-language pathologists work with children who are born with cleft palate/lip as well as with adults who have impaired communication from a stroke or a car accident.
Choose to do your internship with licensed Speech Pathologists in one of several work settings within Cape Town. VACorps has established internship opportunities within Private Practice, home consults, and consultations in hospital /rehabilitative settings, at mainstream or special-needs schools and in certain NGO settings.
Hearing therapy/audiology deals with hearing, balance, hearing impairment and assistive hearing devices.
The prevalence of hearing loss and balance disorders increases as people age and since life expectancies are increasing and the baby-boom population is aging there is a greater demand for audiologists. The early identification and diagnosis of hearing disorders in infants is also spurring growth in the audiology profession. Advances in hearing aid design, are making these devices more appealing as a means to minimize the effects of hearing loss which is also leading to a demand for audiologists.
VACorps has established relationships with licensed audiologists based in various settings- hospitals, schools, private practices and assistive devices creators within Cape Town that can provide you will the following experiences:
- Determine the existence and type of hearing impairments
- Provide rehabilitative services
- Assess amplification devices, such as hearing aids
- Teach individuals ways in which they can make the best use of their remaining hearing
- Observe and possibly assist with the following procedures: tracheotomy, endoscopy, removal of foreign objects in the ears and cochlear implant