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Courses

Course Descriptions

Fall I

SLP 5113 Articulation and Phonological Disorders:

Students will differentiate normal and disordered speech sound development.  Assessment and intervention theories are discussed with analysis and comparison expected for all theories and approaches provided.  Application of this information in the evaluation and intervention of speech sound disorders in children and adults will be demonstrated through simulated experiences. (3) credit hours                                                      

SLP 5122 OL Fluency Disorders:

The focus of this course is to provide a comparison of developmental and acquired fluency disorders, with an overview characteristics of fluency disorders in children and adults.  Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dysfluency across the lifespan are student objectives of this course.  Students will consider the experience of fluency and dysfluency/stuttering from the viewpoint of the person who stutters.  Course will also focus on prevention and management of stuttering in clinical practice. (2) credit hours

SLP 5133 Developmental Language Disorders:

This course will provide a theoretical and practical orientation to the area of child language disorders with an overview of potential etiologies and characteristics of language disorders in children from infancy through adolescence.  An emphasis is given to evaluation, diagnosis, and intervention of children with specific language impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and cognitively based language impairments as well as the relationship between language, learning, and literacy.  A variety of assessment and treatment procedures for use with a diverse clinical population will be discussed. (3) credit hours

SLP 5143 Clinical Methods:

Students are introduced to basic clinical methods and provided with knowledge and fundamental skills required for beginning a supervised clinical practicum.  Ethical practice guidelines from the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA), HIPAA, client confidentiality, scope of practice, clinical procedures, clinical documentation, data collection, evidence-based practice, ways of adapting procedures for assessment, intervention and collaboration with individuals that are culturally and linguistically diverse, as well as, professional behavior are discussed.  Students will practice administration, scoring, and interpretation of a variety of standardized assessments.  Students will prepare and practice intervention during this course on a variety of disorder types through simulations. (3) credit hours

SLP 5153 Practicum I:

Students will participate in this 8-week, 10 hours per week supervised clinical experience at an affiliate practicum placement site.  This introduction clinical provides exposure to communication and or swallowing impairments across the lifespan.  Focus is for students to discover and apply evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, interaction, professional, and documentation skills with clinical educator supervision.  Amount of direct contact will be at clinical educators’ discretion and with supervision.  Students will earn clock hours with communication and/or swallowing impairments given the amount of direct time in the provision of service.  (3) credit hours

Spring I

SLP 5213 Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC):  

The focus of this course is to provide an overview of AAC types, the continuum of AAC language and systems, use strategies, and an overview of evaluation and intervention approaches with AAC.  Students will identify potential candidates for AAC, etiologies that use AAC, practice implementation of a communication system or device, and review issues of funding and advocacy.  Students will complete a case study providing intervention strategies for individuals requiring AAC. (3) credit hours

SLP 5222.OL Voice and Resonance:  

In this course etiologies and characteristics, as well as, evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, and management approaches are discussed. Students will develop skills to assess, make differential diagnoses, and determine management course for congenital, acquired, and non-organic disorders of phonation.  Emphasis also on role of speech language pathologist, integration of normative data, and use of research in clinical practice. (2) credit hours               

SLP 5233 Acquired Language Disorders and Cognitive Rehab:

The effects of damage to a normal language and cognitive system due to brain injury are discussed.  Emphasis on evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, and prognosis associated with a variety of neurologic disorders.  Students will demonstrate ability to apply research to treatment of aphasia, right hemisphere syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and dementia.  Students will also focus on role of speech language pathologist on the clinical team. (3) credit hours

SLP 5243 Motor Speech Disorders:  

This course provides a life span approach to apraxia and dysarthria through discussion of the etiology, diagnosis, and intervention. Pediatric disorders, such as childhood apraxia of speech and dysarthria, are discussed.  Acquired apraxia and dysarthria, given the impact on the subsystems of respiration, phonation, prosody articulation and resonance are of focus.  Students are expected to differentially diagnose, complete research reviews, and develop a plan of care given a case study simulation. (3) credit hours                                             

SLP 5253 Practicum II:

Students will participate this 8-week, 10 hours per week supervised clinical practice at an affiliate practicum site with individuals presenting with speech, voice, fluency, language, cognitive, motor speech, and/or swallowing impairments.  Focus is for students to move from discovery to application of evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, interaction, professional, and documentation skills.  Increased client contact time is expected during this practicum.  Placement site will direct the student’s exposure to team meetings, interprofessional collaboration, and the full scope of services provided by speech language pathologists.  Students will earn clock hours with communication and/or swallowing impairments given the amount of direct time in the provision of service. (3) credit hours

 

Summer I         

SLP 6313 Research Methods:

Students will evaluate research articles from current professional journals, including analysis of research design, sampling techniques, measures, and interpretation of findings.  Focus includes research ethics, incorporation of research evidence into practice, and instilling critical thinking.  Students will be expected to complete a research review paper. (3) credit hours

SLP 6322 Dysphagia:

Students will review the anatomy and physiology of swallowing and discuss evaluation and rehabilitation of swallowing disorders.  Emphasis on recognition of clinical and videofluoroscopic swallow study/radiographic signs and symptoms of dysphagia, with selection of rehabilitation and management of skills.  Swallowing disorders in various populations across the age span are discussed.  Ethical considerations in clinical cases are presented for student discussion. (2) credit hours                                                

SLP 6333 Practicum III:

Students will participate in this 12-week, 20 hour per week supervised clinical practice at an affiliate practicum site with individuals presenting with speech, voice, fluency, language, cognitive, motor speech, and/or swallowing impairments. Students are to further develop evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, interaction, professional and documentation skills.  Increased client contact hours are expected during this practicum.   Placement site will direct the student’s exposure to team meetings, interprofessional collaboration, and the full scope of services provided by speech language pathologists.  Students will earn clock hours with communication and/or swallowing impairments given the amount of direct time in the provision of service. (3) credit hours

Fall II  

SLP 6415 Capstone:      

Students will synthesize information from a case study of a previous client and provide an evidence-based evaluation, diagnosis, objectives, intervention plan, interprofessional collaboration and professional resources. A scholarly paper will be written regarding the client.  Students will present their client for discussion as a grand round with a team of peers. Students will defend their plan of care to the class through an oral presentation.  HIPAA and client confidentiality will be maintained. Students will create a professional leadership plan through self-reflection and critical assessment of their professional SLP leadership abilities. (5) credit hours

SLP 6426 Practicum IV:  

Students will participate in this 12- week, 30 hour per week advanced clinical practice at an affiliate practicum site with individuals presenting with speech, voice, fluency, language, cognitive, motor speech, and/or swallowing impairments. Students will continue to develop evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, interaction, professional and documentation skills.  Increased client contact hours are expected during this practicum.   Placement site will direct the student’s exposure to team meetings, interprofessional collaboration, and the full scope of services provided by speech language pathologists.  Students will earn clock hours with communication and/or swallowing impairments given the amount of direct time in the provision of service. (6) credit hours  

 

Spring II  

SLP 6516 Externship:

During this full-time, 40-hours per week for 15 weeks clinical, students will participate in an advanced, supervised practice at an affiliate placement with individuals presenting with speech voice, fluency, language, cognitive, motor speech, and/or swallowing impairments.  Students will be expected to integrate all course work and clinical experiences to provide evaluation, diagnosis, intervention, and documentation that is expected of the affiliate site.  Students are expected to make clinical judgements, with supervisor approval, and collaborate with team members, such as other therapy disciplines, social services, and/or billing.  Students will earn clock hours with communication and/or swallowing impairments given the amount of direct time in the provision of service.  (6) credit hours