SPAA 601 Introduction to Research in Speech Pathology and Audiology

An orientation to research in SLP and Audiology.  Develops the abilities to read, evaluate, apply and conduct research.  Includes research writing style, critical reading, literature searches, research design, basic statistics, and computer applications.

SPAA 610:  Child Language:  Birth to Five

Emphasis on profiling the language and communication characteristics of various populations (e.g., neonates, autism spectrum disorders, specific language impairment) of young children seen in SLP.  Contemporary assessment and intervention practices are reviewed, pertinent to evaluating the efficacy of communication treatment through participation and quality of life outcomes.

SPAA 611:  Child Language:  School Age to Adolescent

Emphasizes communicative competency at the narrative and conversational levels of children with Language-Learning-Disabilities (LLD).  Applied clinical service delivery models (e.g., curriculum based instruction) are reviewed, pertinent to promoting oral language through literacy-based assessments and interventions.  Various reading disorders (e.g., dyslexia) are discussed when attributed to language impairments.

SPAA 620:  Diagnostic Clinical Practicum

Supervised Clinical practice in assessment strategies, collecting clinical data, client interviewing, counseling, preparation of reports, and referral procedures.

SPAA 621:  Speech Sounds Disorders 2

Advanced study of pediatric articulation and phonologic disorders.  Survey of modern approaches to phonological analysis and intervention techniques emphasizing critical review of the professional literature in its historical context.  Overview of single subject designs and accountability procedures.

SPAA 622:  Fluency

Nature, symptoms, development, diagnosis, and treatment of dysfluency.  Overview of evidence based practices related to assessment and treatment of dysfluency disorders.  Overview of relevant evidence related to theoretical constructs underlying the concepts of fluency and dysfluency.

SPAA 624:  Diagnosis and Appraisal 2

Emphasis on the evaluation of communication disorders across the life span with diverse populations.  Pyschometric properties of norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests are reviewed in relationship to assessment practices in SLP.  Alternative assessment models are introduced, which provide functional and meaningful data for the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders.

SPAA 625 Voice & Resonance Disorders

Assessment and therapy strategies for voice and resonance disorders including functional, organic, neurologic, laryngectomy, velopharyngeal insufficiency, and cleft lip and palate are addressed.  Description and treatment strategies involving criterion-referenced, instrumented assessments, and introduction to videostroboscopy are included.

SPAA 628:  Advanced Clinical Practice

Students diagnose and treat children and adults with speech and/or language disorders. 

SPAA 629:  Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology

Overview of professional issues facing clinicians.  Examines ethical, multicultural, and service delivery issues in a variety of work settings with clients across the lifespan.  Also reviews certification, licensure, and health care and education legislation and regulation.  Employment and internship opportunities and issues are discussed.

SPAA 631:  AAC and the Nonvocal Individual

Needs assessment and communication evaluation considerations; selection and development of appropriate and effective AAC systems for nonvocal people including communication boards, electronic instrumentation, etc.  Program development for individual needs and abilities of clients.

SPAA 632:  Neurogenic Disorders 1

Advanced study of the central nervous system and its relationship to the causes, assessment and management of aphasia, right hemisphere dysfunction, and associated motor speech disorders

SPAA 633:  Neurogenic Disorders 2

Advanced study of the nature, causes, assessment and management of dementia and traumatic brain injuries.  Includes the study of normal aging and cognitive functions.

SPAA 640:  Dysphagia

Introduction to dysphagia with emphasis on knowledge needed to evaluate and treat adults with swallowing disorders.  Current trends and issues will be studied.  Normal and disordered swallowing across lifespan examined.  Clinical and ethical decision making will be discussed.

SPAA 642:  Audiology for the SLP

Overview of audiology oriented towards the needs of SLPs.  Hearing screening and follow-up.  Audiogram interpretation.  Hearing aids and FM systems.  Cochlear Implants.  Auditory Processing problems:  symptoms and management.

SPAA 690:  Seminar in SLP

Seminars will be offered on selected topics in SLP.  Topics to be covered will be identified in advance for each seminar offered.

SPAA 693:  Internship in Speech Language Pathology or Audiology

On-the-job experience in such places as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, private practices, nursing homes, community speech and hearing centers, etc.

SPAA 695:  School Internship in SLP or Audiology

On-the-job experience in a school setting.