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Speech-Language Pathology Program

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CORE 1599

Interprofessional Education I

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Changes in our healthcare delivery system are creating a growing demand for health professionals with skills in collaboration and teamwork. This course will describe the roles and responsibilities of the various healthcare disciplines. It will also provide students, from different health professions, the opportunity to interact with one another as well as simulated patients. This collaboration will promote communication using a team-based approach to the maintenance of health and management of disease.

Credits: 1

SLPI 0501

Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

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This course covers the neurological and physiological bases of normal and disordered communication. Embryological development of the central nervous system, and neuroanatomy and neurophysiology of the motor and sensory systems, including vision and audition are covered. Brain dissection laboratory experiences enhance mastery of neurological concepts introduced in the course. The course integrates basic neuroanatomy with cognitive neuroscience through assigned readings, lectures, and laboratory experiences.

Credits: 4

SLPI 0502

Research Methods in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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This course introduces students to research methods, including basic research concepts, common research designs, and methods of data analysis commonly used in the field of speech-language pathology. Students will learn to critically read and evaluate research manuscripts.

Credits: 4

SLPI 0503

Evidence-Based Practice in Communication Sciences and Disorders

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In this course, students will gain experience critiquing professional literature relevant to clinical and/or research practices. They will complete a literature review on a topic of interest and use it to inform evidence-based, clinical decisions.

Credits: 2

SLPI 0520

Disorders of Articulation and Phonology

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This course covers speech disorders of developmental or linguistic origin. Students will learn to assess and treat articulation and phonological impairment. Highlights include practice collecting and analyzing comprehensive speech samples, administering standardized tests, and planning therapeutic interventions specific to individual cases.

Credits: 4

SLPI 0521

Child Language Disorders I

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This course covers assessment and treatment of children with language disorders, focusing on the period from birth to age five. Language disorders experienced by children with cognitive challenge, hearing impairment, autism, other developmental disorders or traumatic brain injury will be addressed. The course will address special considerations for high-risk infants, emergent literacy, and how to work collaboratively with families to improve language and learning in the young child.

Credits: 4

SLPI 0522

Child Language Disorders II

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This course explores language disorders of school-age children and adolescents. Students will study the social, cognitive and linguistic aspects of language impairment. The interplay of language and literacy and its implications for intervention in this age group will be examined. Students will practice conversational and narrative analysis. Other formal and informal assessment methods will be reviewed, along with intervention models commonly used in school and private settings.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0521 Child Language Disorders I

SLPI 0525

Dysphagia I

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This course reviews the anatomy and physiology of swallowing, and disorders that impact this vital function in children and adults. Etiologies of swallowing disorders, as well as their evaluation and management will be addressed. Students will appreciate the concomitant conditions that typically accompany dysphagia, and learn to prioritize treatment objectives. Ethical considerations in swallowing intervention will also be incorporated.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPI 0526

Adult Language and Cognitive Disorders I

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This course examines communication disorders that result from acquired conditions, such as left or right hemisphere strokes or other acquired brain pathologies. Etiologies of these conditions, including neurological correlates for presenting symptoms, will be reviewed. Assessment and intervention models will be discussed, with attention to the cognitive, linguistic, and social aspects of resulting communication disorders.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPI 0527

Adult Language and Cognitive Disorders II

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This course examines communication disorders that result from acquired conditions, with emphasis on traumatic brain injury, dementia, and other degenerative neurological conditions. Etiologies of these conditions, including neurological correlates for presenting symptoms, will be reviewed. Assessment and intervention models will be discussed, with attention to the cognitive, linguistic, and social aspects of resulting communication disorders.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders; SLPI 0526 Adult Language and Cognitive Disorders I

SLPI 0529

Voice and Resonance Disorders

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This course teaches evaluative and therapeutic aspects of voice and resonance disorders. Students examine the anatomical and physiological correlates of phonation and oral/nasal resonance. Embryology of the vocal mechanism is reviewed, including nasal, oropharyngeal, laryngeal, and pulmonary regions. Assessment and intervention of a variety of common voice/resonance disorders will be covered, including laryngectomy, cleft lip/palate, vocal fold hyperfunction, and therapies associated with a variety of neurogenic communication disorders.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPI 0540

Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology

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This course reviews general procedures for assessing and treating individuals with communication disorders. Techniques for administering and interpreting formal and informal measures of communicative behavior and the basics of treatment procedures are discussed. The basics of clinical writing are covered, highlighting preparation of documents that support the assessment and treatment process. The course is supplemented by supervised observation and/or shadowing experiences in the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute or off-site school or healthcare locations.

Credits: 4

SLPI 0550

Clinical Practicum I

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This is the first of three supervised speech-language pathology practicum experiences in the Midwestern University Clinic or other community-based sites. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, students will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. First clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with articulation, phonology, or language disorders.

Credits: 3

SLPI 0551

Practicum Seminar I

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This seminar provides an opportunity for students to discuss practicum experiences with other student clinicians to foster collaboration. Students will present clinical cases to attendees in grand rounds fashion, at times including participants from other health science professions. Essential functions for clinical performance will be covered, in addition to standards for ethical practice.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Concurrent enrollment in SLPI 0550 Clinical Practicum I

SLPI 0652

Clinical Practicum II

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This is the second of three supervised speech-language pathology practicum experiences at the Midwestern University clinic or other community-based sites. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, students will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. Clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with a variety of communication disorders, including articulation, language, fluency, voice, or multiple disorders.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPI 0550 Clinical Practicum I

SLPI 0553

Practicum Seminar II

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This seminar provides an opportunity for students to discuss practicum experiences with other student clinicians to foster collaboration. Students will present clinical cases to attendees in grand rounds fashion, at times including participants from other health science professions. Working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team will be explored.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Concurrent enrollment in SLP 0552 Clinical Practicum II

SLPI 0604

Professional Issues and Ethics in Speech-Language Pathology

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This course focuses on the scope of practice for the speech-language pathology profession. Students will explore expectations for professional behavior based upon standards of practice and the ASHA Code of Ethics. Ethical dilemmas will be debated in preparation for a variety of clinical experiences. Procedures for obtaining the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, state licensure, and school certification will be reviewed.

Credits: 2

SLPI 0623

Communication Disorders in Autism

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This course provides insight into the world of autism, including description of the various autism spectrum disorders and examination of etiological theories and controversies. Procedures used for differential diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders are covered, and a variety of intervention models will be discussed. The role of the SLP in working with educators and families will be addressed. Students will design comprehensive assessment and intervention plans for persons of all ages with autism.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPI 0521 Child Language Disorders I, SLPI 0522 Child Language Disorders II

SLPI 0624

Aural Rehabilitation

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This course will teach basic methods for addressing the communication needs of individuals with hearing impairment and/or central auditory processing disorders. Students will learn how to read and interpret basic audiometric test results in order to recommend appropriate communication therapy. Communication modalities for individuals with hearing loss, and a variety of therapy methods to enhance language comprehension and production will be covered. Maintenance of amplification devices, collaboration with families and educators, and counseling for individuals with hearing loss will also be included.

Credits: 3

SLPI 0628

Motor Speech Disorders

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This course covers assessment and treatment of neurogenic speech disorders, including the various types of dysarthria and apraxia. The complex process of differential diagnosis of these conditions will be addressed, along with numerous treatment approaches designed to target respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance and prosodic components of motor speech disorders.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders; SLP 0520 Disorders of Articulation and Phonology; SLPI 0629 Voice and Resonance Disorders

SLPI 0630

Fluency Disorders

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This course describes the nature and proposed etiologies of stuttering and associated disorders. Assessment and treatment of children and adults with fluency disorders will be addressed, including the need for counseling and ongoing management across the lifespan.

Credits: 3

SLPI 0631

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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This course will address the complex communication needs of individuals with severe communication, sensory and/or physical impairments which may necessitate the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC). Students will become familiar with various types of assistive technologies used for AAC. The course will cover cognitive, educational, physical, psychosocial, and linguistic aspects of human behavior that impact AAC selection and implementation. AAC assessment and intervention strategies will be addressed, including interdisciplinary contributions from physical and occupational therapists.

Credits: 4

SLPI 0632

Dysphagia II

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This course will require students to apply knowledge to clinical cases. Students will be expected to generate diagnostic reports and treatment plans targeting pediatric and adult dysphagia. Interpretation of videoflouroscopic and endoscopic swallowing assessments will assist students in profiling phase-specific sensory and motor swallowing abnormalities. Complex cases will be addressed.

Credits: 4

Prerequisites

SLPI 0525 Dysphagia I

SLPI 0654

Clinical Practicum III

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This is the third supervised speech-language pathology practicum experience at the Midwestern University Clinic or other community-based site. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, students will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. Clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with a variety of communication disorders, including articulation, language, fluency, voice, or multiple disorders. Diagnostic evaluation will be emphasized in this experience.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPI 0550 Clinical Practicum I; SLPI 0552 Clinical Practicum II

SLPI 0655

Practicum Seminar III

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This seminar provides an opportunity for students to discuss practicum experiences with other student clinicians to foster collaboration. Students will present clinical cases to attendees in grand rounds fashion, at times including participants from other health science professions. Addressing the needs of complex cases will be one focus of this seminar.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Concurrent enrollment in SLPI 0654 Practicum III

SLPI 0656

Clinical Practicum IV

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This is the last of four supervised speech-language pathology practicum experiences at the Midwestern University Clinic or other community-based sites. Working with a faculty member who is a licensed speech-language pathologist, students will plan and conduct assessment and intervention sessions for clients with communication disorders. Clinical experiences are targeted toward evaluation and management of complex cases.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPI 0550 Clinical Practicum I; SLPI 0552 Clinical Practicum II; SLPI 0654 Clinical Practicum III

SLPI 0657

Practicum Seminar IV

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This seminar provides an opportunity for students to discuss practicum experiences with other student clinicians to foster collaboration. Students will present clinical cases to attendees in grand rounds fashion, at times including participants from other health science professions. Continuing to learn how to address the needs of complex cases will be the focus of this seminar.

Credits: 1

Prerequisites

Concurrent enrollment in SLPI 0656 Clinical Practicum IV

SLPI 0660

Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Public School

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This is a supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology in a public school setting. Students will acquire experience in individual and group therapy, assessment, and consultation. This course consists of a 10 week, full-time school site placement. May be taken before or after SLPI 0662 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Medical/Healthcare Facility.

Credits: 10

SLPI 0661

Advanced Practicum Seminar I

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This seminar is designed to assist students in the successful completion of their public school internships. Students will meet to discuss training experiences and present clinical cases to attendees.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Concurrent enrollment in SLPI 0660 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Public School

SLPI 0662

Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Medical/Healthcare Facility

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This is a supervised clinical experience in speech-language pathology in a healthcare setting. Students will acquire experience in individual and group therapy, assessment, consultation, and interdisciplinary staffing. It consists of a 10 week, full-time clinical site placement. Note: May be taken before or after SLPI 0660 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Public School.

Credits: 10

SLPI 0663

Advanced Practicum Seminar II

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This seminar reviews the progress of students serving healthcare internships. Students will meet to discuss training experiences and present clinical cases to attendees.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

Concurrent registration in SLPI 0662 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Medical/Healthcare Facility