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SPE 601 Neuroanatomy of the Speech/Language and Hearing Mechanism

This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the anatomical landmarks of the central nervous system, its physiology, and those pathological disorders which are speech/language/hearing specific. Its goal is to familiarize the student with basic brain behaviors. It is particularly useful to those students who choose to work with neurologically impaired children and adults.
Prerequisite: SPE 84, SPE 82
Fall, 3 Credits

SPE 610 Speech Science

This course provides an overview of acoustics and speech production with an emphasis on the acoustic phonetic analysis of the speech signal. Laboratory exercises provide hands-on experience that integrates theory with clinical practice.
Prerequisite: SPE 51, SPE 84 and SPE 82
Fall and Spring, 3 Credits

SHE 620 Clinical Methods and Focused Observation in Speech-Language Pathology

This one credit seminar provides students in Speech-Language Pathology with an introduction to clinical methods used in prevention, evaluation and treatment of communication and related disorders across the life span. Students have an opportunity to observe sessions in the Ladge Speech and Hearing Center, and participate in lectures, videotape analysis, seminar participation and role playing to better understand the thought process for session planning and administration.
Experiences are supervised by the clinic director and supervisory staff. The seminar class focuses on the review and discussion of theoretical and procedural information as well as clinical observations. The class is designed to prepare students for SPE 625 in which they will be engaged in direct clinical interactions.
1 credit

SPE 625 Introduction to Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology

This course provides the graduate student in speech-language pathology with an overview of the evaluation and therapeutic process with a limited amount of hands-on clinical experience. The course covers fundamental concepts in client - clinician interaction, the clinical process, clinical vocabulary, and the supervisory process. Students participate in lecture seminar, clinical observation and therapy as well as analysis of clinical sessions. Lecture for one hour weekly plus observation and directly supervised clinical interaction with one to three clients over the semester in the Ladge Speech and Hearing Center is included. Forty hours of observation (15 hours must be at the Ladge Speech and Hearing Center) is required prior to registration for this class.
Every Semester, 2 Credits

SPE 626 Practicum in Diagnostic Evaluation of Communication Disorders

This supervised clinical practicum is offered in conjunction with SPE 633, Diagnostic Procedures in Speech Language Pathology. It provides students with hands-on experience in screening and evaluation of children and adults with communication disorders.
Every Semester, 1 Credit

SPE 627 Practicum in Audiology

This course is designed to fulfill Audiology Practicum hours for Speech Pathology Master of Arts Degree. The practicum is completed through observation and some participation of the Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation services conducted at the Ladge Speech and Hearing Center. A total of 35 hours is required: at least 15 hours related to Diagnostic Audiology and at least 15 hours related to Aural Rehabilitation and the remaining five hours in either of the above. The course focuses on Audiology and Aural Rehabilitation testing techniques, client-professional interaction, appropriate management of client cases, etc.
Prerequisite: SPE 90
Every Semester, 1 Credit

SPE 628 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I

This course is a hands-on experience in providing evaluation and treatment directly supervised by the Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty and clinic staff in the C.W. Post Campus Ladge Speech and Hearing Center. Seminar once a week to discuss clients, clinical procedures, and professional issues includes the ASHA current Code of Ethics, licensure and C.C.C.
Prerequisites: SPE 625, SPE 685, SPE 687 (1 complete, 1 concurrent), SPE 689
Every Semester, 2 Credits

SPE 629 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology II (optional)

Additional hands-on experience in evaluation and treatment is directly supervised by the Communication Sciences and Disorders faculty in the Ladge Speech and Hearing Center. There is a seminar once a week to discuss clients and clinical procedures.
Prerequisite: SPE 632
Every Semester, 1 to 3 Credits

SPE 631 Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology IV

This course provides clinical experience with adults, in off-site facilities including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and developmental disability centers. Supervision is provided by qualified personnel at off-campus affiliated sites.
Prerequisite: SPE 625, SPE 628, SPE 633, SPE 685, SPE 686 or SPE 691
Every Semester, 3 Credits

SPE 632/EDU 925 Practicum in a School Setting

This practicum is designed to partially fulfill requirements for the Teacher of Children with Speech-Language Disabilities. The student becomes familiar with all aspects of the administration of speech/language services in a school and gradually assumes responsibility for caseload management.
Prerequisite: SPE 628, SPE 633
Every Semester, 3 Credits

SPE 633 Diagnostic Procedures in Speech-Language Pathology

This course covers assessment procedures, formulation of diagnostic impressions, and development of recommendations. Initial therapeutic goals are taught through a combination of lecture, observation and participation in diagnostic sessions. Diagnostic principles and procedures including interviewing, testing and report writing are stressed.
Prerequisite: SPE 685, SPE 687 (1 complete, 1 concurrent)
Fall and Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 680 Swallowing Disorders in Children and Adults for the Speech- Language Pathologist

This course will present the anatomy and physiology of normal and disordered oral feeding and swallowing, in infants, pre-school, and school aged children as well as adults. Emphasis will be on medical, cognitive and behavioral issues related to the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia. Topics will include evaluation and treatment of oral feeding and swallowing disorders in the home, medical setting, and the classroom. Methods of technological assessment including modified barium swallow studies, flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing will also be presented.
Prerequisites: SPE 601, SPE 685
Fall, 3 Credits

SPE 682 Voice Disorders

This course is a study of the disorders of voice and the interrelated structural, physiological, psychological and cultural factors causing aphonias and dysphonias. Diagnosis and therapy for various problems of intonation, pitch intensity and quality as well as therapy for the laryngectomy in esophageal speech is included.
Fall, 3 Credits

SPE 684 Stuttering

The course covers the major theories and research on the etiology and development of stuttering. The study of therapeutic principles and procedures for children and adults are stressed.
Prerequisites: SPE 601
Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 685 Aphasia and Related Disorders

This course presents the physical, theoretical and etiological considerations pertaining to aphasia and related disorders including dysarthria and cognitive impairments. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches are studied.
Prerequisite: SPE 601
Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 687 Phonological and Articulation Disorders in Children

This course familiarizes the graduate student of speech/language pathology with the research in normal phonological development and its application to the assessment and treatment of phonologically impaired children. Phonological disorders are characterized with respect to recent developments in the field of linguistics, specifically in terms of distinctive features, phonological rules, and processes.
Prerequisite: SPE 601, SPE 610, SPE 689 or SPE 690
(1 complete, 1 concurrent)
Fall and Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 689 Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Normal acquisition of language is reviewed as a baseline for identifying language and learning disorders and delays. Characteristic features of speech and language in the language disordered child will be covered. Assessment procedures including standardized tests and language sample analysis will be emphasized. Strategies of intervention and implementation of functional therapy programs will be discussed. Units include interdisciplinary views of the child with speech, language, and communication challenges; issues in speech, language, communication; social-emotional and cognitive development related to specific language impairment, pervasive developmental delay, autism, mental retardation, language learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, multicultural populations and the non-verbal child.
Fall, 3 Credits

SPE 690 School-Based Language Intervention for the Speech-Language Pathologist

This course will enable graduate students in speech-language pathology (SLP) to apply the fundamentals learned in the normal and disordered processes of speech, language and hearing to the classroom setting. SLP students will be challenged to question more traditional school-based clinical practices, such as relying on intervention conducted in separate settings, in light of an increased call for collaboration between regular and special educators and SLPs in the classroom. They will learn to serve the communicative needs of their clients through curriculum-based assessments and intervention.
Fall and Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 691 Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults

This course will provide graduate students in speech-language pathology with a comprehensive understanding regarding the nature and treatment of motor speech disorders that may result from: stroke, head trauma, progressive neurological diseases, cerebral palsy, developmental apraxia of speech, and developmental dysarthria. Visual and auditory aids including, power point, overheads, slides, as well as audio/video recordings, will be utilized.
Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 692 Aural Rehabilitation

This course provides the graduate student in speech pathology with a broad understanding of the principle theories and methodologies currently applied in aural rehabilitation of hearing impaired persons. The hearing aid as an instrument of rehabilitation is described as well as other assistive listening devices. Also included are techniques of speech reading and auditory training.
Prerequisite: SPE 90
Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 700 Independent Study in Speech-Language Pathology

SPE 707 Research Problems in Speech-Language Pathology

This course provides students with an understanding of scientific methodology in communication sciences and disorders and information important to the development of skills necessary for critical evaluation of research. Students will be exposed to the research process through the development and implementation of a group project culminating in a presentation of findings at a departmental colloquium.
Fall, Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 708 Thesis Seminar

This course covers the preparation of the thesis. The completed thesis must be approved by a committee, and the writer must undergo an oral examination. Enrollment is restricted to students whose projects have been approved by the Speech and Hearing faculty. This course may replace the comprehensive examination.
Fall, Spring, 3 Credits


SPE 634 Practical Applications of State Standards for School-Based Speech Language Pathologists (originally SPE 908A)

This course will provide graduate students with the knowledge of practical applications for the school based Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities. This course will focus on who, what, where, why and how to effectively work in schools. Areas to be addressed will include: organizational procedures: caseload determination, scheduling, writing IEP’s, therapy strategies, literacy, teacher consultations and workshops plus professional and administrative responsibilities.
SPE 634 on occasion 3 credits

SPE 681 Language Disorders in Severe Developmental Disabilities and Autism

The elective course covers the presentation of the linguistic characteristics of people with Mental Retardation and with Autism. The course emphasizes diagnosis, identification, intervention along with the social, emotional and cognitive aspects of language development. A functional communicative approach to language is taught. Augmentative communication and the use of technology is covered.
Prerequisite: SPE 601
Spring, 3 Credits

SPE 694 Communication-Based Intervention for Infants and Toddlers

This course involves students in a critical study of recent trends and materials for young language impaired infants and toddlers, birth through age three. Special attention is given to developmental approaches and mainstreaming.
Prerequisites: SPE 601, SPE 610, SPE 689 (concurrent)
Summer Session I, 3 Credits

SPE 695 Assessment and Management of Hearing Loss in Children

This three credit elective graduate offering will provide students with an understanding of the relationship between hearing in children and the development of speech and language. The acquisition of language is linked, through auditory stimulation, to a critical period within the first few years of a child’s life. The presence of hearing loss from birth or within the early developmental years may contribute to significant delays in speech and language. The early identification of hearing loss is crucial in order to take the (re)habilitation steps necessary to provide auditory stimulation. Practitioners in speech-language pathology and audiology must be aware of the relationship between hearing and speech/language development and be prepared to face the challenges presented when working with a child who has a hearing loss. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the early development of auditory behaviors, the assessment of hearing in infants and children, audiological assessment of central auditory processing, and the impact of hearing loss on speech, language and learning.
SPE 695 On occasion 3 credits

EDU 813 Methods and Materials in Speech-Language Pathology

This course will introduce school-based speech-language pathology practices as a learning experience. Students will learn to interface effectively with teachers and other personnel in the schools. Students will explore curriculum and the underpinning components of speech-language development and the impact of speech-language difficulties and differences on children’s ability to listen, speak, read, and write. Service delivery models including classroom collaboration and consultation will be presented using constructionist techniques and authentic materials.
Summer, 3 Credits