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Speech-Language Pathology Program

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CORED 1599I

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

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 0504

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communication Disorders

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This course will instruct the student on evidence-based practices for meeting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations across the lifespan. The course will focus on developing cross-cultural competence through understanding cultural diversity, multilingual acquisition, multilingualism, effective use of interpreters and translators, and service delivery strategies.

Credits: 3

SLPPD 0519

Pediatric Speech Sound Disorders

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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

SLPPD 0521

Language Disorders in Early Childhood

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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

SLPPD 0522

Language Disorders in School-Age Children

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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

SLPPD 0521 Language Disorders in Early Childhood

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPPD 0526

Aphasia

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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

SLPPD 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPPD 0527

Cognitive-Communication Disorders

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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 Aphasia

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders

SLPPD 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: 3

SLPPD 0550

Clinical Practicum I

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This is the first supervised speech-language pathology practicum experience in 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. First clinical experiences are targeted toward management of individuals with articulation, phonology, or language disorders.

Credits: 3

SLPPD 0552

Clinical Practicum II

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This is the second 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.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPD 0550 Clinical Practicum I

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 0625

Hearing and 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: 2

SLPPD 0626

Autism and Other Developmental Disorders

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This course examines pediatric communication disorders related to the autism spectrum, genetic syndromes, and craniofacial anomalies. Etiologies of these conditions and co-morbid disorders will be discussed. Assessment and intervention models will be reviewed.

Credits: 2

Prerequisites

SLPPD 0521 Language Disorders in Early Childhood; SLPPD 0522 Language Disorders in School-Age Children

SLPPD 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: 3

Prerequisites

SLPPD 0501 Neurological Bases of Communication Disorders; SLPPD 0519 Pediatric Speech Sound Disorders; SLPPD 0529 Voice and Resonance Disorders

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 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: 3

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 0525 Dysphagia I

SLPPD 0633

Language, Literacy and Learning

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This course provides students with the theoretical models of language, literacy and learning. Examination of the interconnections between reading, writing, speaking and listening will be explored. The patterns of child and adolescent reading and writing are emphasized.

Credits: 4

SLPPD 0640

Healthcare and Educational Settings

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This course focuses on speech-language pathology practice within healthcare and educational settings, to better prepare students to work in these environments. Topics covered will include terminology, legislation and regulations, oversight and responsibilities, interprofessionalism, and documentation required for effective practice.

Credits: 2

SLPPD 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

SLPPD 0550 Clinical Practicum I; SLPPD 0552 Clinical Practicum II

SLPPD 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

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

SLPPD 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 12 week, full-time school site placement. May be taken before or after SLPPD 0662 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Medical/Healthcare Facility.

Credits: 12

SLPPD 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 12 week, full-time clinical site placement. Note: May be taken before or after SLPPD 0660 Advanced Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology: Public School.

Credits: 12