|CORE COURSES (42 CREDITS)
||Course Title & Description
||Diagnosis of Language and Speech Disorders (3 credits)
The course will provide procedures and techniques to assess speech and language status. The overall aim of the course is to build on the student?s understanding of the assessment process in communication disorders. Students are to develop the ability to interpret assessment information and to formulate appropriate diagnosis of the patients/clients we serve. A noncredit lab is included.
||Language and Learning Disabilities in School-age Children and Adolescents (3 credits)
This course addresses the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of language ?learning delay/disorders (including developmental and acquired disorders), affecting school-age children through adolescence. Emphasis will be placed on a communication process model of evaluation and intervention with the implications of this integrated approach to facilitate reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking. The importance of the functional interrelationships among linguistic, cognitive, and affective functions and the social contests within which they occur will be stressed. A variety of assessment and treatment procedures for use with this diverse clinical population will be discussed. Presentation of the paradigm shift from a traditional deficit model to an emergent literacy model with collaborative strategies to design and conduct curriculum-based assessment and interventions will be covered.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6012
||Communication Disorders in Infancy through Preschool (3 credits)
Identification, assessment, and intervention principles and procedures for young children who display or are at-risk for socio-communicative-linguistic deficits. Emphasis on family-centered early intervention service delivery and integrated intervention model for facilitating communication and language skills. Discussion of collaborative strategies and disciplinary teaming models for facilitating effective parent-professional partnerships.
||Clinical Processes (3 credits)
Clinical Processes will provide a base of knowledge and fundamental skills needed for beginning supervised clinical practice. This course will review the basic aspects of delivery of treatment services for communication disorders, including communication skills, interpersonal skills, behavioral management skills, intervention strategies and processes, data management, and clinical writing skills. Emphasis will be placed on basic clinical intervention processes common to a variety of disorder areas.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6011, SLP 6020, SLP 6060, and 25 documented hours of observation of an ASHA-certified speech language pathologist.
||Language Disorders in Adults (3 credits)
This course provides a knowledge base for evaluation and treatment of disorders of language of adults including aphasia, closed-head injury, and dementia.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6070.
||Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 credits)
This course will review the basic aspects of the field of augmentative communication, including aided and unaided symbols, strategies, and techniques. An overview of augmentative communication assessment and intervention principles and procedures will be presented. This course will address the needs of individuals with little or no functional speech across the life span, including etiologies such as severe aphasia, autism, cerebral palsy, dual sensory impairment, intellectual disability, progressive neurological diseases, and traumatic brain injury.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6012 and SLP 6020.
||Voice Disorders (3 credits)
Etiological factors, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and interdisciplinary management of individuals with functional and/or organic voice and resonance disorders, e.g., dysphonia secondary to nodules, hypernasality secondary to cleft palate.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6070
||Fluency Disorders (2 credits)
Etiology, diagnosis, and management of children and adults with disorders of fluency, e.g., developmental stuttering, neurologically based stuttering, cluttering, and other non-fluent speech conditions will be studied.
Motor Speech Disorders in Adults (2 credits)
Education and training in the assessment and management of motor speech disorders in adults. This course includes discussion of the nature, etiology, diagnosis, and management of motor speech disorders with emphasis on differential diagnosis and treatment.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6060 and SLP 6070. Cannot be taken concurrently with SLP 6053.
Pediatric Feeding and Motor Speech Disorders (2 credits)
Education and training in the assessment and management of feeding and motor speech disorders from infancy to adolescence. This course includes discussion of the nature, etiology, differential diagnosis, and management using evidence based practices of feeding and motor speech disorders in a variety of clinical environments.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6060 and SLP 6070. Cannot be taken concurrently with SLP 6052.
||Dysphagia (3 credits)
This course provides information about normal anatomy and physiology of the swallow. Using an evidence-based model, information about the evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders is provided. Common etiologies for dysphagia (e.g. neurogenic, and head and neck cancer) are addressed for the adult population. An overview of pediatric dysphagia is provided. Current issues and controversial topics are discussed in a framework of questions students should consider. Examples of ethical questions in the management of dysphagia are presented. Students are afforded the opportunity to view fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEES). Video views of normal and abnormal swallows through video fluoroscopic evaluation are provided through a noncredit required lab.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6050 and SLP 6051.
||Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3 credits)
This course provides a knowledge base for normal and disordered speech sound development. Theories of assessment and intervention are discussed, and application, analysis and comparison is stressed for all theories and approaches presented. A variety of procedures for identification and remediation of articulatory and phonologic disorders are presented. Traditional therapeutic techniques and current diagnostic and intervention strategies are highlighted.
||Research Methods (3 credits)
Exposure to critical analysis of the field's literature with respect to research design and statistical application.
||Seminar in Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to increase students' awareness and understanding of current professional issues pertaining to such matters as standards of ethics, scope of practice, legislative mandates affecting the professions, professional service delivery systems, healthcare reimbursement issues, state licensure, national certification, state teacher certification requirements, State Accomplished Practices for Educators, state education standards, job opportunities and interview strategies, participation in professional organizations, professional advocacy, and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6101.
||Technological Applications in Communication Science and Disorders (0 credits) *(required attendance at the Ft. Lauderdale/Davie Campus)
This course provides an overview of technological applications used by professionals in speech-language pathology with an introduction to computer applications in the field. This course also provides the technological foundation necessary for students to complete the online master's degree.
||Multicultural and Counseling Issues (3 credits)
This course will provide a forum for discussion regarding issues in the provision of services to multicultural populations. Counseling approaches for use with clients and/or families with communication problems through effective interpretation, information dissemination, and discussion will be explored.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6101.
||Capstone (0 credits)
Capstone is an online course designed to assist students in reviewing major content areas in the field of speech-language pathology in preparation for the Praxis national examination. It addresses approximately 18 major topic areas covering normal and disordered processes, professional issues, research methodologies, and other content important to the profession. Students progress through the course at their own pace, reviewing online course materials, participating in discussion boards, and contributing to synchronous chats.
Prerequisite/s: SLP 6102 and SLP 6005.
Corequisite/s: SLP 6110 or SLP 6120 or SLP 6130. STUDENTS MUST TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THE FIRST EXTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE.