Graduate Communicative Disorders
2015 Spring Term
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This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of manual communication systems and techniques, including finger spelling and basic signs.
LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT & DISORDERS IN CHILDREN
This course provides an overview of oral language development and its relationship to the development of social skills, literacy and learning. Language characteristics of children with exceptional educational needs are described and strategies for improving their communication skills are discussed.
This course provides for the study of the theories of the cause and onset of fluency disorders such as stuttering and cluttering. It further introduces basic clinical and experimental approaches to these disorders.
COMMUNICATION DISORDERS ACROSS THE LIFE SPAN
This course provides basic understanding of various communication disorders due to structural damage, including voice disorders, disfluency, cleft palate speech disorders and swallowing dysfunction. The primary focus will be symptom description, evaluation and treatment techniques of these disorders in both the pediatric and adult population.
NEURAL BASES OF SPEECH AND LANGUAGE
This course provides a basic understanding of the neuroanatomic and neurophysiologic mechanisms underlying speech and language. The primary focus of study is on normal processes and neuropathologies and how they influence cognition, communication and swallowing.
PRACTICUM IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
This course offers supervised practicum experiences: observation of communicative disorders, clinical work on-campus and/or off- campus, and supervision of practitioners or students. Client availability, student level of academic and clinical training, and supervisory expertise will influence student enrollment and section assignment. Prereq: This course is repeatable for as many times as needed. Graduate students must enroll every semester.
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN CHILDREN
This course introduces theoretical and clinical issues in child language disorders. Principles and methods relating to the assessment and management of developmental language disorders are discussed. The development of both content knowledge and applied skills are emphasized.
AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
This course reviews current approaches to augmentative and alternative communication. Alternative methods of communication other than speech and methods for augmenting residual speech skills are discussed. The course focuses on the development of basic skills for evaluating and providing intervention programs for individuals using alternative and augmentative communication systems. Prereq: Consent of instructor.
Aural rehabilitation is the study of the rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairment. It includes the effects of hearing loss on perception, psychosocial aspects, and speech and language. Techniques for rehabilitation including amplification, counseling, speech reading, and auditory training will be emphasized.
MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS
This course provides advanced study of basic neurological substrates associated with the dysarthrias and apraxia of speech. Training of the differential assessment and management of motor speech disorders across the lifespan, clinical experiences, and exposure to current research literature are included.
LANGUAGE LEARNING DISORDERS IN SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
Recent research literature in language/learning disorders in school-age children is reviewed and the application of research findings to clinical practice is discussed. Language assessment and intervention methods for this population are reviewed.
SUPERVISION IN COMMUNICATIVE DISORDERS
This course provides an analysis of the basic concepts of supervision and competencies essential to effective supervisory performance in speech-language pathology across work settings and professional roles. Emphasis is placed on supervision as a process that involves observation, interpersonal communication, leadership, teaching, problem solving, decision making and ongoing improvement.
This course provides specialized knowledge in the areas of normal and disordered voice production with the primary focus in the physiological bases of dysphonia. Theoretical principles underlying the prevention, assessment and treatment of vocal dysfunction across the lifespan are emphasized.
PRACTICUM: FIELD EXTERNSHIP
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.