Speech-Language Pathology M.S. Course Descriptions
All courses are 3 credits each unless otherwise indicated.
SLP 6001 Foundations of Speech, Language and Cognition
This course examines the normal development of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics in children’s communication in the context of monolingual and bilingual populations. A comprehensive review of the theories of language development, acquisition, and environmental factors contributing to language development will be provided. This information will establish a foundation for effective evaluation of both normal and disordered language as well as provide an understanding of how language affects academic achievement as well as social and emotional development.
SLP 6002 Acoustic Phonetics and Speech Perception with Lab (2 credits)
This course covers topics in the acoustics of speech, including the generation, transmission, and measurement of speech sounds, acoustic correlates of articulatory adjustments of the vocal tract, and theories of speech perception. Laboratory sessions provide hands-on experience analyzing acoustic characteristics of speech. Prerequisite: Articulatory Physiology & Clinical Phonetics.
SLP 6003 Articulatory Physiology and Clinical Phonetics
This course encompasses an advanced study of the physiological bases of speech production. Topics include pulmonary support for voice and speech, phonatory mechanics and aerodynamics, and spatial-temporal organization of the supra-laryngeal articulators. The course also covers anatomic and physiologic changes over the lifespan. Material presented forms the basis for understanding departures from normal function seen in voice and speech disorders.
SLP 6004 Advanced Anatomy of the Speech and Hearing Mechanisms (4 credits)
The anatomy of speech and swallow is examined in detail. Students will develop an appreciation of how the relevant body systems (chest, lungs, heart, abdomen, neck, cranial cavity, cranial nerves, etc.) contribute to the speech, swallowing, and breathing mechanisms. This is achieved through an integrated didactic and laboratory experience. Students use cadaver dissection to reinforce concepts and help them gain a three dimensional understanding of the interplay of processes resulting in normal as well as abnormal function. Prerequisite: Articulatory Physiology & Clinical Phonetics.
SLP 6006 Statistics for Clinical Research
This course covers the statistical and epidemiological methods used in health sciences. Topics include measures of population health and disease, probability, random variables, sampling concerns, descriptive epidemiology, and outcome assessments. Methods of assessing reliability and validity of measurement tools are given particular attention. The course includes critical analysis of research in speech-language pathology and related fields.
SLP 6051; 6052 Bioinstrumentation and Measurement of Voice & Speech I, II (2 credits)
This multi-term course considers the physical principles and technologic approaches underlying objective acoustic and physiologic measurement of respiratory, vocal, and articulatory function. Students will gain an understanding of common measurement methods and of the quantification of acoustic, articulatory, phonatory, and respiratory function in clinical settings. The logic of objective assessment, assurance of data validity, and interpretation of findings are major foci of this course. Prerequisite: Articulatory Physiology and Clinical Phonetics.
SLP 6008 Phonological / Articulation Disorders
This course surveys the theory, clinical effects, and management of phonological disorders related to native and second language acquisition. It also examines the management of articulatory disorders of a nonlinguistic character. Training in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet to transcribe speech sounds is an important component of this course. Students develop facility in transcribing several dialects of English as well as disordered speech. Corequisite: Articulatory Physiology and Clinical Phonetics.
SLP 6009 Language Disorders of Children
This course examines the etiology of childhood disorders of language and communication as well as theoretical and practical approaches to the assessment and remediation of these disorders. Students gain knowledge of the influence of language and culture on the habilitation/rehabilitation of childhood language disorders. Prerequisites: Foundations of Speech, Language, and Cognition; Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Processes.
SLP 6010 Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Processes
SLP 6050 Diagnostics Lab
This course examines theoretical and practical applications of current practices in the assessment and management of speech, language, and swallowing disorders across the lifespan. The primary focus is on assessment and intervention principles and practices that are applicable to a broad spectrum of individuals and disorders. The course emphasizes the development of skill in professional report writing. Lab sessions provide practical experience in administering and scoring formal and informal assessments, as well as developing appropriate assessment protocols for a variety of populations. Issues of cultural sensitivity, non-biased assessment and bilingualism are also introduced.
SLP 6011 Voice Disorders (2 credits)
This course addresses methods of evaluating and remediating voice problems in children and adults that result from a disturbance or disruption in laryngeal function, including disorders caused by neurological conditions, vocal abuse/misuse, psychological factors and non-neurological organic processes. Prerequisite: Advanced Anatomy of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms; Corequisite: Bioinstrumentation & Measurement of Speech and Voice.
SLP 6012 Fluency Disorders (2 credits)
The course reviews contemporary theories pertaining to the nature, etiology, and treatment of disfluent speech. Factors to consider in differential diagnosis and prognosis are also considered. Therapeutic principles and management procedures for pre-school and school-aged children and adults are studied. Prerequisites: Advanced Anatomy of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms; Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Processes; Neuroscience
SLP 6013 Neuromotor Speech Disorders
This course uses the background provided in Neuroscience to provide a through grounding in the neuropathologies of acquired and congenital motor speech disorders (the various forms of dysarthria and apraxia of speech). Using this grounding, the student will study rationales and procedures for the differential diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Students will develop proficiency in the neurological examination as it pertains to speech and swallowing functions. Prerequisites: Advanced Anatomy of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms; Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Processes; Neuroscience.
SLP 6014 Dysphagia
This course provides a thorough understanding of normal swallow physiology and its related disorders across the lifespan. Etiological factors are reviewed. Instrumental diagnostic techniques are introduced, with strong emphasis on videfluoroscopy and nasoendoscopy. Further emphasis is given to multiple management issues in general, as well as by varied cultural groups. Evidence-based practice issues are incorporated into all aspects of the course. Interdisciplinary approaches to the assessment and treatment of swallowing disorders are discussed. Course includes several practical assignments and clinical observations. Prerequisites: Advanced Anatomy of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms; Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Processes; Neuroscience.
SLP 6053; 6054; 6055; 6056 Adaptive and Augmentative Communication Systems & Devices I, II, III, IV (4 credits)
This multi-term course is intended to facilitate an understanding and awareness of the communication options available to individuals who are unable to meet their daily communication needs through natural modes. The emphasis of this course is on determining appropriate technology supports that can be used to increase communication and daily functioning. The course covers characteristics of congenital and acquired communication disorders; AAC and other assistive technology (AT) options and features; principles of AAC assessment; service delivery models; AAC intervention; funding; and current research in AAC. Prerequisites: Language Disorders of Children; Neuromotor Speech Disorders.
SLP 6019 Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders
This course addresses the nature, assessment and remediation of language and communication disorders associated with syndromes of aphasia. Students gain knowledge of the effects of language and culture on the rehabilitation of adult-onset language disorders. Prerequisites: Language Disorders of Children; Neuroscience.
SLP 6020 Management of TBI and Right Hemisphere Dysfunction
This course reviews the nature, assessment, and remediation of cognitive, perceptual, and communication disorders associated with traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere dysfunction, and dementia. Associated nonlinguistic disorders such as coma, agitation, and neglect are considered. Discussions include cross-cultural and lifespan considerations in communication and the management of communication disorders. Prerequisites: Neuromotor Speech Disorders; Dysphagia; Seminar in Management of Medically Involved Patients.
SLP 6022 Audiology
This course is an introduction into the assessment and identification of hearing loss, and to the etiologies of hearing loss. Class topics also include psychoacoustics, anatomy and physiology, and observational and clinical experiences. This course provides speech-language pathology majors with the necessary knowledge and skills defined in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) guidelines and focuses strongly on aspects related to the speech-language pathologists’ scope-of-practice. Prerequisite/Corequisite: Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Processes.
SLP 6023 Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation
This multi-term course focuses on the habilitation-rehabilitation of individuals with hearing impairments. Psychological, social, and educational aspects of hearing impairment in children and adults are addressed. Varying procedures and rationales for management in a variety of settings are discussed. Course content includes amplification, counseling and habilitation/rehabilitation techniques for adults and children. Prerequisite: Audiology.
SLP 6029 Seminar in Early Intervention (2 credits)
Seminar surveys the characteristics of infants, toddlers, and preschool children with, or at risk of developing, disabilities; working with families through various types of services; providing parent training and support; the development of trans-disciplinary teams, the role of team members, and the development of teaming skills. Consultation, collaboration, and communication with other professionals and parents are covered in this course. Prerequisites: Two semesters of Internal Practicum; Language Disorders of Children; Corequisite: Neuromotor Speech Disorders.
6031 Seminar in Counseling (2 credits)
This seminar surveys major approaches to counseling within the context of communication disorders. Students examine the emotional and practical issues pertaining to the full range of communication disorders across the lifespan as they affect patients and their caregivers. Students study interviewing and counseling techniques for individuals, families and groups. The implications of multicultural and linguistic diversity for effective counseling are considered throughout the course. Ethical and professional issues relevant to counseling are brought into vivid focus as they are discussed in the context of students’ clinical experiences. At the close of the course, each student presents counseling information and resources pertaining to specific communication disorders. Prerequisites: Two semesters of External Practicum; Neuromotor Speech Disorders; Adult Language Disorders; Voice or Fluency Disorders; Management of Medically Involved Patients.
SLP 6032 Neuroscience (4 credits)
This is an introductory, but intense, course about the human nervous system. It will consider the basic features of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology as they relate to important aspects of normal function and to pathology or physical disability. The objectives of this course are to provide a foundation for better understanding of the neural processes underlying sensory and motor deficits or disorders; predicting deficits likely to be associated with different forms and degrees of neuropathology; and, facilitating access to the specialized or advanced neurological literature.
SLP 6035 School-Based Speech-Language-Hearing Services
This course examines federal and state laws concerning service delivery in a school setting. Students develop skills in working with general curriculum teachers and other specialists to meet the needs of communication-disordered students with the full range of disabilities. Problem-based learning activities are used to explore creative and innovative means of assisting these children in accessing the general curriculum. (Elective).
SLP 6040; 6041; 6042; 6043; 6044 Clinical Practicum Experiences
1 credit per semester (total of 5 credits)
Registration for clinical practicum experiences is required during each semester. Students participate in a minimum of two internal clinical rotations at our on-campus clinic. Upon successful completion of the internal rotations, students participate in up to three different off-campus clinical rotations at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, or private practices. Students must receive a passing grade in each practicum rotation in order to continue to the next practicum experience.
SLP 6045; 6046; 6047; 6048 Seminar in Ethics and Professional Issues
This seminar series includes discussion of the scope of practice in speech-language pathology, professional and public health issues, and principles of clinical management, including ethical standards of practice.
SLP 6062; 6063, 6064 Management of Medical Patients I, II and III (4 credits)
This three-part seminar course introduces students to the scope of speech-language pathology practice in medical settings. It provides familiarity with speech-language cognitive and swallowing disorders commonly encountered in medical settings; as well as medically-oriented diagnostic, treatment and reporting practices. Students will also acquire familiarity with equipment and terminology employed in medical settings, and with elements of pathophysiology and pharmacology associated with speech-language disorders in medical settings. Specific content will include infection control practices, exposure to critical care units and pertinent equipment, working with laryngectomized individuals and gaining familiarity with tracheo-esophageal puncture and one-way valves, working with patients that are ventilator-dependent with/without speaking valves, understanding of syndromology and cranio-facial anomalies in the context of feeding/swallowing and communication. In addition, specific public health issues will be addressed, including: reimbursement practices, impact on clinical practice in a variety of settings, collaboration with other professionals.
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