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    WHAT WE DO

    Trinh Foundation Australia works to assist the Vietnamese people to establish Speech Therapy as a profession in their country. We collaborate with our Vietnamese partners to create ...

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    CURRENT WORK

    TFA works in partnership with a number of educational and clinical institutions throughout Vietnam to deliver on our mission of bringing speech therapy to Vietnam ...

Helping in Hanoi

We’re helping not one but TWO universities in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi – to create new speech therapy courses – each with different types of students.

It’s more common in Vietnam than in Australia to have universities that more or less specialise in a professional or graduate area of practice. So in Hanoi we are partnering with the Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE).

The Special Education Department there at HNUE contacted us in 2014 seeking collaboration from the Trinh Foundation to help them develop specialist speech therapy lectures, tutorials and subjects for both of their bachelor and masters-level degrees.

These courses qualify teachers to work with children who have language and speech impairments, among other disabilities.

This is a remarkably effective way to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties, as teachers can use their knowledge of speech and language difficulties in the direct instruction of children at their normal schools.

The first step in supporting these teachers and teaching students is for us to find volunteer speech therapists from Australia to conduct short courses about a variety of childhood communication disabilities. We will also develop a 3-month certificate course in Language Disorders in Children, along with creating training modules for their bachelor degree.

The university affiliated Training and Development Centre for Special Education has also requested support for professional development of their special education teachers. These dedicated teachers provide weekly sessions for about 70 children with special needs, many having communication disabilities.

Earlier this year, the first Trinh Foundation mentors spent time at the Centre observing and providing feedback on sessions to assist teachers to incorporate language development goals into their sessions.

This Centre will also host an Australian Volunteers International (AVI) volunteer speech pathologist to work for over 12 months from late 2015 to continue these exciting developments.

But that’s not all that is happening at the moment in Hanoi. We are also helping Hanoi Medical University to create a curriculum for its proposed Bachelor in Speech Therapy. This degree is still dependent on the successful launch of the bachelor degree in speech therapy later in 2015 at University of Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT) in HCMC in the south, as negotiations continue between UPNT and Vietnam’s Ministries of Health and Education.

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