How We Are Growing Speech Therapy in Cambodia

1 in 25 Cambodians have a communication difficulty with limited options for help. With your support, we're going to change that.

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Speech therapy is led by Cambodians and available to all who need it in Cambodia.


To establish speech therapy university courses and jobs for Cambodians, raise awareness, and influence government policy.


100 Cambodian university qualified speech therapists are integrated into Cambodia’s public sector by 2030.


Communicating with others is at the heart of being human. Helping people communicate is at the heart of what we do.

In Cambodia, more than an estimated 600,000 people have communication or swallowing difficulties, yet services for them are nearly nonexistent.


Develop A Cambodian Speech Therapy University Course And Government Reconized Profession

We are working on creating a network of advisors and those with a background in Cambodian university settings to help set up a certified speech therapy course at the university level in Cambodia, so that the profession can be grown and led by Cambodians. We are also building a network of speech therapists and Cambodian people trained in speech therapy techniques to begin creating a professional association.

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Training And Capacity Building In Educaiton and Health Sectors

Our training sessions are designed to support and up-skill people who are working directly with children who have communication difficulties; and give them access to networks, forums and resources, which help them to support students with communication difficulties within Cambodia.

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Awareness Raising And Advocacy

The Advocacy and Awareness project stream is designed to grow relationships with government and non-government stakeholders to increase their understanding of Speech Therapy, as well as to grow the general population’s understating of issues for people who have communication and swallowing difficulties. We hope that with this awareness, demand for and commitment to building a local speech therapy profession will grow.

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Research And Resource Development

Because Cambodia does not yet have a speech therapy profession, research and pilot projects are important for working out the best way of “doing” speech therapy in this country, instead of simply transplanting models of practice from Western countries. The purpose of our resource development is to produce suitable Khmer language resources, appropriate for the Cambodian context, for use in speech therapy clinical, university and community settings.

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Direct Speech Therapy Services And Pilot Models Of Service Delivery

OIC Cambodia’s social enterprise Happy Kids Clinic provides speech therapy and occupational therapy services to people in Phnom Penh. Day-to-day operation provides tangible examples of speech therapy practice, service delivery models, and resources relevant to Cambodian context. Happy Kids Clinic also allows OIC Cambodia to offer speech therapy services in Cambodia in the short term as we work to grow Cambodian speech therapists for the long term.

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Speech therapy supports children and adults who have difficulties* communicating, as well as eating and drinking.Communication difficulties can occur without reason, or be the result of injury to the brain, face and/or neck, or as part of a disability, such as autism or cerebral palsy.

Speech therapy can help people with these difficulties to attend school, find work and interact with their families and communities.

We are upskilling teachers and health workers who already work with children with communication difficulties and we are creating a university course to train Cambodian people to be speech therapists, using techniques and approaches that work in Cambodia. Find out more about what we are doing

*We use the social model of disability as our framework for thinking about disability. Find out more


Ensuring government policy to lead the speech therapy profession.


Raising awareness about the urgent need for speech therapy in Cambodia.


Developing university and training courses, and conducting research.


Creating jobs for speech therapists in Cambodia, employed by government.


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HRH Vic Sisowath
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Bo Chankoulika
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Sok Vanseka
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Heather Golem
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Heng Sotheavy