The professionalising internship is a training activity in which the student works alongside an experienced professional in specific healthcare contexts in order to learn the skills required for the professional role.
Internship learning takes place through practical experimentation, integration of theoretical-disciplinary knowledge with professional and organisational practice, and contact with members of the specific professional group.
The relevance assigned to internship experiences increases over the three years.
During the three-year internship, students can experience the gradual assumption of autonomy and responsibility under the supervision of experts in the various specialised fields.
During the internships, students learn:
- treatment methodology, based on preparing the setting, (ranging from the preparation of the material to interpersonal relationships), specific assessment, implementing rehabilitation techniques and sharing the results with the patient or caregiver;
- methodological scientific research skills, also in support of the elaboration of the thesis, as well as elements of management and organisation useful for professional development in work contexts.
OBJECTIVES OF THE FIRST YEAR INTERNSHIP
At the end of the internship, the student must:
- understand the organisation of the services at the institution/company where they are on internship;
- be able to observe the different reception methods in the speech therapy outpatient clinic for child and adolescent patients;
- be able to analyse and understand the request for speech therapy intervention;
- recognise the organisation of speech therapy work and understood its general objectives;
- know the main professional acts of the speech therapist;
- have learned to observe typical speech development in an ecological environment (nurseries);
- have adopted appropriate behaviour in observing speech therapy assessment and treatment situations;
- know the organisation of the speech therapy file;
- have learned and understood the speech therapy assessment procedures for childhood
- be able to collect speech therapy assessment data with the help and supervision of the tutor;
- know how to extract data from a speech therapy assessment already drawn up with the supervision of the tutor;
- have learned the technique of phonetically transcribing child speech samples.
OBJECTIVES OF THE SECOND YEAR INTERNSHIP
By the end of the internship, the student must:
- know how to carry out observations during play, free activities and rehabilitation sessions;
- have witnessed speech therapy evaluations in the field of communication, verbal language and learning pathologies in childhood;
- have witnessed speech therapy evaluations in the field of communication, verbal language and learning pathologies in adults and elderly adults;
- know how to compile the speech therapy for the pathologies on which training focuses during the 2nd year;
- have initial knowledge of the diagnostic protocols investigating the communicative, linguistic, cognitive, neuropsychological and learning (reading, writing, mathematics) spheres in childhood and adulthood;
- begin to apply diagnostic protocols and prepare logopaedic material for the following pathologies:
- Developmental language disorders (DSL, dyspraxia, disorders resulting from perceptual and cognitive deficits etc.)
- Learning Disorders
- Voice Disorders
- Aphasia in Adults
- Neurological Dysphagia in Adults
- Starting to manage relationships with families and patients
7. know how to use and evaluate standardised tests and informal control methods for understanding communicative disorders;
8. be able to plan therapy goals for each individual therapy session;
9. be able to use interview techniques for collecting anamnestic data;
10. know and be able to judge the different functions and methods of diagnostics before and after therapy;
11. be able to observe and describe verbal and non-verbal behaviour, recording and analysing interactions.
OBJECTIVES OF THE THIRD YEAR INTERNSHIP
At the end of the internship the student must:
- be able to practice, under supervision, the specific professional duties (assessment, planning implementation, verification of the treatment plan);
- know how to apply the instrumental means for diagnostics;
- know how to carry out autonomously, under the tutor's supervision, assessment, treatment and speech counselling with the various types of patients;
- know how to use and evaluate standardised tests and informal control methods for understanding communicative disorders;
- be able to draw up a diagnostic treatment plan;
- be able to plan therapy goals for each individual therapy session;
- be able to use interview techniques for collecting anamnestic data;
- be able to evaluate treatment progress and results and draft reports;
- know and be able to judge the different functions and methods of diagnostics before and after therapy;
- be able to observe and describe verbal and non-verbal behaviour, recording and analysing interactions;
- be able to collaborate with other professional groups, demonstrating multi-disciplinary interaction skills.