Project IMPRESS Course Descriptions

Project IMPRESS Course Descriptions


COMMDIS 73.501 Articulation and Phonological Disorders in Children (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course examines phonetic and language-based disorders of articulation/phonology. Emphasis is placed on the identification, description and remediation of phonological disorders. Phonological process and distinctive feature based systems of analysis will be presented along with traditional and dynamic assessment procedures. Interventions will include traditional phonetic approaches, language-based, constructivistic and other cognitive approaches. The impact of phonological disorders on academics and the development of IEP goals and objectives will be discussed.

COMMDIS 73.502 Language Disorders in the School Setting (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course helps prepare speech-language pathologists to evaluate and manage communication disorders in school-age children in collaboration with families, educators, and other related service providers. The course will facilitate student application of research to practice, development and evaluation of program practices, and implementation of appropriate practices for school-age children to enhance communication development.

COMMDIS 73.503 Research in Educational Speech-Language Pathology (2 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The course will equip the student to apply clinical and non-clinical research literature to the solution of diagnostic and treatment problems encountered in the general practice of Speech Language Pathology. The course will focus on research methods and statistical analysis.

COMMDIS 73.504 Diagnostics (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course provides a knowledge base for the assessment and differential diagnosis of speech and language disorders. It focuses on principles of testing and assessments. In particular, emphasis is placed on the psychometric aspects of testing.

COMMDIS 73.521 Practical Experience 1 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The practical experience prepares students in all aspects of clinical management to serve students with communication and swallowing disorders in the school setting. Students acquire necessary knowledge and skills in preparation for their student teaching experience. Students must earn 5 credits of COMMDIS 73.521 prior to taking COMMDIS 73.522 Student Teaching. Each practical experience will focus on the development of different clinical skills with different populations and service delivery models.

COMMDIS 73.505 Preschool Language Disorders (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course helps prepare speech-language pathologists to evaluate and manage developmental communication disorders in preschool children in collaboration with families, educators, and other related service providers. The course will facilitate student application of research to practice, development and evaluation of program practices, and implementation of appropriate practices for young children to enhance communication development.

COMMDIS 73.506 Professional Issues I (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The course equips the school-based speech-language pathologists to implement the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The course covers multiple facets of the law including disabilities covered by IDEA, the evaluation process, development of an Individualized Education Plan, progress monitoring, transition, mediation and due process.

COMMDIS 73.521 Practical Experience 2 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The practical experience prepares students in all aspects of clinical management to serve students with communication and swallowing disorders in the school setting. Students acquire necessary knowledge and skills in preparation for their student teaching experience. Students must earn 5 credits of COMMDIS 73.521 prior to taking COMMDIS 73.522 Student Teaching. Each practical experience will focus on the development of different clinical skills with different populations and service delivery models.

COMMDIS 73.507 Language for Literacy Development (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The course will equip the student to identify language deficits that can interfere with a child’s ability to develop literacy skills. The concept of literacy will be described along with the development of literacy across the age span. Students will learn diagnostic and assessment strategies appropriate for the assessment of phonological awareness, text comprehension and vocabulary. Intervention strategies for remediating identified deficits will be shared. The role of the speech-language pathologist in the prevention and treatment of literacy deficits will be the focus of the course.

COMMDIS 73.508 Professional Issues 2 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course examines the fundamentals of behavioral and cognitive theory. Emphasis will be placed upon application in school settings and associated with the delivery of services to speech-language disordered clients.

COMMDIS 73.521 Practical Experience 3 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The practical experience prepares students in all aspects of clinical management to serve students with communication and swallowing disorders in the school setting. Students acquire necessary knowledge and skills in preparation for their student teaching experience. Students must earn 5 credits of COMMDIS 73.521 prior to taking COMMDIS 73.522 Student Teaching. Each practical experience will focus on the development of different clinical skills with different populations and service delivery models.

COMMDIS 73.509 Communication Disorders of ELL (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to properly evaluate and treat the communication disorders of children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds including those acquiring English as a second language. Course content will address concepts and principles related to speech-language service delivery while highlighting issues specific to different races, ethnicities and cultures. Issues related to the acquisition of a second language with specific speech-language behaviors that may masquerade as communication deficits will be discussed. Federal provisions for providing services to such children will be discussed along with strategies for promoting family involvement while maintaining cultural sensitivity.

COMMDIS 73.510 Fluency Disorders in Children (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The course will cover the development, diagnosis and treatment of fluency disorders including stuttering, cluttering and neurogenic, psychogenic, and language based disfluencies. Emphasis is placed on stuttering assessment and intervention in children.

COMMDIS 73.511 Communication Disorders of Low Incidence Populations (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course covers disorders of voice, traumatic brain injury and dysphagia for the school setting. The course is grounded in anatomy and physiology. Evidence-based practices for the evaluation, assessment and treatment of these disorders within the school context are emphasized.

COMMDIS 73.521 Practical Experience 4 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The practical experience prepares students in all aspects of clinical management to serve students with communication and swallowing disorders in the school setting. Students acquire necessary knowledge and skills in preparation for their student teaching experience. Students must earn 5 credits of COMMDIS 73.521 prior to taking COMMDIS 73.522 Student Teaching. Each practical experience will focus on the development of different clinical skills with different populations and service delivery models.

COMMDIS 73.512 Communication Disorders of Moderate/Severe Populations (4 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course provides a knowledge base for the nature of language, speech, cognitive, motor and communication disorders and differences observed in children and adolescents with moderate to severe disabilities. Specifically the course addresses the unique assessment and intervention needs of this population and the role of augmentative and alternative communication modalities. The course takes a functional communication approach with an emphasis on the communication needs across the developmental span. The role of language in literacy acquisition and cultural-linguistic differences are infused.

COMMDIS 73.513 Professional Issues 3 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course covers service delivery models appropriate for use in the school setting by speech-language pathologists. Individual and group models of service delivery are discussed with emphasis placed on models that occur in the least restrictive environment. Consultation, collaboration and co-teaching models also are discussed with strategies for effective implementation by the speech-language pathologist.

COMMDIS 73.521 Practical Experience 5 (1 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The practical experience prepares students in all aspects of clinical management to serve students with communication and swallowing disorders in the school setting. Students acquire necessary knowledge and skills in preparation for their student teaching experience. Students must earn 5 credits of COMMDIS 73.521 prior to taking COMMDIS 73.522 Student Teaching. Each practical experience will focus on the development of different clinical skills with different populations and service delivery models.

COMMDIS 73.514 Communication Disorders of Hearing Impaired Children (2 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The course will equip the student to provide speech and langauge intervention to the hearing impaired child. Content will cover types and degrees of hearing loss and their speech, language and educational implications. Amplification systems will be discussed along with classroom modifications. Specific assessment and intervention strategies appropriate for the educational environment will be explained. Roles of various personnel working with hearing impaired children will be identified.

COMMDIS 73.515 Communication Disorders of ASD (3 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course provides a knowledge base for the nature of language, cognitive and communication disorders and differences observed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) required for effective evaluation and treatment of speech-language disorders. Specifically the course addresses diagnosis, etiologies and language characteristics of this population from birth through age 21 as directed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The course takes a functional communication approach. The role of language in literacy acquisition and cultural-linguistic differences are infused.

COMMDIS 73.522 Student Teaching (4 credits)

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The student teaching experience allows students to apply information and concepts learned regarding the clinical management of students with communication and swallowing disorders in the school setting. This is the culminating practical experience of the graduate program in school-based speech-language pathology.