The Development of a New Era of Speech-Language Pathology in Greece Speech-language pathology services in Greece continue to expand, and it is an exciting time to be a speech-language pathologist within the existing structure. The role of speech-language pathologists in Greece has changed over the years from therapist, to include educator, advocate, and politician. The many tasks facing speech-language pathologists in ... World View
World View  |   February 01, 1995
The Development of a New Era of Speech-Language Pathology in Greece
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Marinella Tsoukala
    “legein” Speech Language Voice Pathology Center, Athens, Greece
  • Rebecca Tziorvas
    “legein” Speech Language Voice Pathology Center, Athens, Greece
  • Contact author: Marinella Tsoukala, MA, Health Center “legein” S.A., Speech-Language-Voice Pathology Center, 55, Vas Sofias Ave.-11521, Athens, Greece
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World View   |   February 01, 1995
The Development of a New Era of Speech-Language Pathology in Greece
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1995, Vol. 4, 5-7. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0401.05
History: Received March 3, 1994 , Accepted September 30, 1994
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 1995, Vol. 4, 5-7. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0401.05
History: Received March 3, 1994; Accepted September 30, 1994

Speech-language pathology services in Greece continue to expand, and it is an exciting time to be a speech-language pathologist within the existing structure. The role of speech-language pathologists in Greece has changed over the years from therapist, to include educator, advocate, and politician.

The many tasks facing speech-language pathologists in Greece have been difficult ones. It has taken patience and persistence to educate the general public about communication disorders and the role of speech-language pathologists in treating these problems. It has also been arduous to convince the government to recognize our profession and its value within the community.

We believe that by the establishment of a speech-language department at a Greek university, our profession will be fortified and renewed. The development of a university-based training program will aid in the creation of posts in educational and hospital settings, as well as bridge the gap that exists between the current number of speech-language pathologists and the number of people requiring treatment. Furthermore, the creation of a university department will allow for much needed research within the Greek community. In particular, it may aid in the gathering of normative data and the standardization of tests for the Greek population.

The path in establishing speech-language pathology education and services in Greece is a long one, but through our commitment and our energetic and earnest approach, we hope to reach our goals.

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