Aphasia, Dysarthria and Dysphagia: the advanced course

The Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) is the specialist concerning the examination and treatment of people with aphasia, dysarthria and dysphagia following brain damage. Attending this minor gives you, an (almost-)SLT, the opportunity to specialise in the examination and treatment of people with language, speech and swallowing disorders following brain damage.

By attending this minor you acquire theory as well as skills concerning multi-professional examination and treatment. This minor entails, amongst other subjects: neurolinguistics, neuro-imaging, theories concerning motor learning in the benefit of dysarthria and dysphagia, advanced language testing, AAC and multiprofessional cooperation.

Please note: for Dutch speaking students

This programme is only offered in Dutch.

Useful to know

Start date February
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code GKO-ADD
Language of instruction Dutch
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

This minor entails, amongst other subjects: neurolinguistics, neuro-imaging, theories concerning motor learning in the benefit of dysarthria and dysphagia, advanced language testing, AAC and multiprofessional cooperation.

Part of this minor are the courses: English for the Healthcare professional and the summerschool Multiprofessional Cooperation in Stroke Management.

Details of the proposed study programme: 

  • Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.
  • Linguistics; Diagnosis and treatment of semantic, syntactic, phonologicals and pragmatic disorders. The model of Ellis and Young (1997) and the model of Levelt (1989) will be thoroughly discussed.
  • Neuro-imaging, the ageing brain en cognitive disorders following brain damage and dementia.
  • Theories on motor learning and the implications of these theories for the treatment of dysphagia en dysartria.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinator, Marloes Vedkamp.

Part of this minor are the courses: English for the Healthcare professional and the summerschool Multiprofessional Cooperation in Stroke Management.

English for Workers in Healthcare (5 EC)

It is hard to imagine today’s academic and professional world without the ever-growing emphasis on internationalisation. Consequently, the essential role of English as a common universal language (or Lingua Franca) is a phenomenon recognized across the globe. 

Do you intend to enrich your studies with a foreign internship but feel limited by your English language competency? You might even aim for a future career abroad or simply find yourself struggling with mandatory course material in English.  

This course is designed specifically for students of (allied) healthcare professions and taught by a native English speaker. It offers the opportunity to explore specific fields of study, while focusing on basic language skills, in an exclusive English language environment: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). 

By challenging students to explore current professional healthcare literature, all central language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are applied in a proactive context. 
Though basic grammar is treated, the accent is on English in practice. Discussions take place in small groups. Authentic communication in a comfortable setting is key.

Internationalisation calls for knowledge beyond national borders. Cultural awareness about healthcare plays a central role while skills related to work and career abroad receive particular attention.

Summerschool: Multiprofessional Cooperation in Stroke Management (5 EC)

In health care multidisciplinary cooperation is increasingly important in order to offer good care. In this course you will obtain the capabilities to prepare for and participate in multidisciplinary discussions. These discussions will conclude in a multiprofessional plan for f.e. assessment or treatment. The course also adresses the intercultural aspects of multiprofessional communication. You will collaborate with students of other countries and other studies on cases about multi-professional stroke management (Cerebral Vascular Accident / CVA) which is often crucial in the recovery process.

This Minor programme  is only for Speech-Language Therapy-students in their third or fourth year.

This minor programme is taught in Dutch. You must therefore be proficient in Dutch.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Ready for an international adventure?

Why choose HU?

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

Students having a break in the sun at Utrecht Science Park

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