SLH 501: INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICUM (F)
This course is the first supervised clinical speech-language pathology experience in the graduate degree program. Students enrolled in this course complete requirements through a clinical assignment in the La Salle University Speech-Language-Hearing Community Clinics (LSU-SLHCC). Students supervised by an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist apply theoretical knowledge, continue to develop clinical management skills, self-analysis and evaluation abilities, and become familiar with professional practices and issues in the discipline of speech-language pathology in general and in this unique practicum setting. Emphasis is placed on selection and administration of diagnostic instruments. Students write reports and daily progress notes and conduct family/patient counseling. Students may have the opportunity to communicate with other health care and educational professionals as needed.
SLH 502: INTRODUCTION TO AURAL HABILATION/REHABILITATION
This course examines principles and strategies in management of problems related to hearing impairment in children and adults. Development and maintenance of communication through speech reading, auditory training, and the use of technology in aural habilitation/rehabilitation are investigated.
Prerequisite: SLH 211, 304, or permission of instructor
SLH 503: DISORDERS OF ARTICULATION AND PHONOLOGY
This course reviews the development of speech sound production and speech perception skills in children. Factors affecting phonological development and auditory-motor learning are discussed. Prominent theories of phonology are reviewed and critiqued and assessment and modification of atypical articulatory patterns are emphasized. The differential diagnosis of oral motor versus phonological disorders is explored. Case studies are used to illustrate methodologies and to plan remediation.
Prerequisite: SLH 200 or permission of instructor
SLH 506: NEUROLOGICAL BASES OF COMMUNICATION AND BEHAVIOR
3 credits/ Elective
This course is an examination of the structure (neuroanatomy), organization (neurophysiology), and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they relate to speech, language, hearing, and cognition. Behavioral manifestations of normal and abnormal brain functioning are contrasted.
SLH 511: FLUENCY AND STUTTERING
This course provides information about normal fluency as well as the history, theories, development, nature, and symptomatology of stuttering and other fluency disorders in children and adults. Controversies regarding theoretical explanations about the nature of stuttering that influence management strategies are discussed. Clinical case studies are used to illustrate methodologies and to plan remediation.
SLH 512: LANGUAGE DISORDERS IN YOUNG CHILDREN
This course offers a theoretical and applied approach to childhood language disorders from birth through six years. It provides an overview of language development and early assessment and intervention in the field of child language pathology within and across the domains of semantics, pragmatics, syntax, morphology, and phonology. Clinical applications and controversies in case management are emphasized through case presentations, article reviews, and research presentations. Diagnostic information, including language sampling, stages of emergent literacy, and stages of play are discussed in relation to early intervention.
SLH 513: ACQUIRED LANGUAGE DISORDERS
Neuropathology, symptomatology, and speech-language rehabilitation of individuals with aphasia and related disorders due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc. are examined in adults and children. Other
neurologically based disorders, such as dementia, apraxia, and dysarthria are contrasted for differential diagnosis. Evaluation, treatment, and prognosis for recovery are reviewed.
Prerequisite: SLH 306 or SLH 506 permission of instructor
SLH 514: LANGUAGE LEARNING DISABILITIES IN SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
This course focuses on language learning disabilities in school-age children and adolescents and the cognitive/linguistic processes involved in the classroom performance of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It explores the role of the speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and treatment of students with language learning disabilities.
Prerequisite: SLH 512: Language Disorders in Young Children or permission of instructor
SLH 515: VOICE DISORDERS
This course investigates the etiology, symptomatology, development, diagnosis, intervention, and prevention of voice disorders in children and adults. Controversies about current treatment strategies are discussed.
Prerequisites: SLH 306 or SLH 506 or permission of instructor
SLH 516: CLINICAL PRACTICUM AND PROCEDURES
This initial clinical practicum course provides observation and supervised clinical experience focusing on the evaluation and treatment of speech and language disorders, counseling of clients and families, development of treatment plans, and writing of evaluation and progress reports. Emphasis is placed on increasing diagnostic and therapeutic skills with children and adults with communication problems. SLH 516/616 sequentially build on each other and take place in an affiliated hospital, clinic, rehabilitation facility, school, or other appropriate setting under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Students meet with the University Coordinator/Supervisor to reflect and discuss procedures within the clinical experience.
Prerequisites: SLH 308, SLH 314, SLH 503, SLH 512, and permission of Program Director and University Coordinator.
SLH 517: CLINICAL PRACTICUM IN AUDIOLOGY
This supervised clinical experience focuses on conducting pure-tone air conduction hearing screening and screening tympanometry for the purpose of the initial identification and/or referral of individuals with communication disorders or possible middle ear pathology. Emphasis is also placed on aural rehabilitation and related counseling services for individuals with hearing loss and their families. The role of the speech- language pathologist in the assessment of central auditory processing disorders is discussed. Counseling clients and their families and clinical report writing are emphasized.
Prerequisite: SLH 304 and SLH 502 or permission of instructor
SLH 518: RESEARCH DESIGN IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
This course explores the relationships among research, theory, and practice. Critique of published research focuses students on literature reviews and purposes, methods, and findings of studies with applicability of research to clinical situations. Treatment and outcome variables, sampling, measurement theory, qualitative and quantitative analysis, and the use of computers in data analysis are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate statistics course such as HSC 217 or permission of instructor
SLH 519: CLEFT PALATE AND OTHER MAXILLOFACIAL DISORDERS
3 credits/ Elective
This course focuses on the development of craniofacial structure, classification of clefts, syndromes associated with clefts and other craniofacial anomalies, understanding of the need for surgical repair, and the role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the diagnosis and treatment of related speech/language disorders. Prerequisite: SLH 202 or permission of instructor.
SLH 520: DYSPHAGIA: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF SWALLOWING DISORDERS
The course examines anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing and respiration and the anatomic and physiologic disturbances affecting swallowing in infants, children, and adults. Radiographic and bedside diagnostic and treatment procedures are presented. Indications and methods for non-oral feeding are discussed.
Prerequisite: SLH 306 or SLH 506 or permission of the instructor.
SLH 521: STUDENT TEACHING IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DISABILITIES
Candidates for the Teacher Certificate in Speech and Language Disabilities engage in a student teaching experience in public or private schools in the greater Philadelphia area under the supervision of a certified speech-language pathologist who has Teacher Certification for Speech- Language Disabilities and a University Supervisor. Students investigate how speech and language affects the child’s achievement and functioning in the school environment and assess the child’s communication ability in relation to school achievement with consideration of age-appropriate curriculum in the classroom. Students learn federal and state special education requirements as they relate to developing and modifying the Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) and other legal documents. They also participate in parent-teacher conferences pertaining to the child’s communication and education, organize a caseload, and provide appropriate intervention in areas including speech, language, voice, and fluency for children who may range in grade from preschool through high school.
Prerequisites: SLH 516: Clinical Practicum and Procedures, appropriate Education courses, permission of Program Director, and recommendation of the Program Director and SLHS faculty.
SLH 526: ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION
3 credits/ Elective
This course investigates theories and practices in clinical management of severely impaired or non-speaking persons. Application of graphics, signs, gestural means of communication, use of aids and devices, development of interactive communication behaviors, and development and use of computer-assisted communication strategies are surveyed.
Prerequisite: SLH 516 or permission of the instructor.
SLH 527: MOTOR SPEECH DISORDERS
This course provides an overview of the neurological disorders that affect speech production. Procedures for assessing speech disorders associated with neuromotor impairments are investigated. Neuropathology, symptomatology, and speech-language habilitation/rehabilitation of individuals with apraxia and/or dysarthria are emphasized.
Prerequisite: SLH 306 or SLH 503 and permission of instructor
SLH 528: COUNSELING SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
3 credits/ Elective
This course provides an overview of counseling in communication disorders and in the helping professions. Components of the therapeutic relationship including the interpersonal nature of communication, attending to clients, clinical interviewing, and recognizing communication patterns are surveyed. Counseling theories, goal setting, and strategic interventions with clients and their families are critiqued. This course includes active learning strategies and case study analysis.
SLH 530: SPECIAL TOPICS IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
Current scientific and professional problems and issues in communication disorders are investigated. Students may re-enroll for a maximum of 12 credits.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
SLH 537: GERIATRIC COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
3 credits/ Elective
Speech, hearing, language, and cognitive problems associated with normal aging and/or various pathological conditions are explored. The course emphasizes evaluation and intervention strategies.
SLH 538: ATYPICAL LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS
This course addresses the language learning problems associated with special populations of children. Characteristics of children with specific language impairment, autism spectrum disorder, emotional/behavioral disorders, and cognitive impairments will be analyzed from theoretical and practical perspectives. Current theories and controversies pertaining to clinical application are explored.
SLH 611: FLUENCY AND STUTTERING II
This course is an in-depth exploration of controversies and issues in the evaluation and management of persons with fluency disorders and stuttering. The phenomenology of stuttering is explored. The role of the client and the client’s environment are addressed as they relate to treatment at various stages of life.
Prerequisite: SLH 511 or permission of instructor
SLH 613: ACQUIRED LANGUAGE DISORDERS II
The course explores the advanced study of aphasia syndromes and neuropathology with an emphasis on theoretical models of normal and disordered language processing, critique of diagnostic testing procedures, and current approaches to treatment.
Prerequisite: SLH 513 or permission of instructor
SLH 616: ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM AND CASE STUDY
This course continues the supervised clinical speech-language pathology experience of SLH 516 necessary to fulfill ASHA Clinical Practicum Requirements. This experience takes place in an affiliated hospital, clinic, rehabilitation facility, school, or other appropriate setting under the supervision of an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and application of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with individuals with a variety of communication disorders across the life span. Students meet with the University Supervisor to present and discuss case studies. Feedback and reflection regarding clinical decision making are emphasized. Prerequisite: SLH 516, SLH 513, SLH 520, or permission of the University Coordinator.
Prerequisite: SLH 516
SLH 617: TOPICS IN ORAL/DEAF THEORY AND APPLICATION
This course provides investigation of theory, research, and clinical application of auditory-oral principles for therapeutic intervention with deaf and hard of hearing children. Focus is on the application of theoretical and research-based principles for the development of
assessment and treatment plans, including writing of behavioral objectives specific to the needs of this population. Issues related to advances in technology, equipment management, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and family counseling are discussed. Emphasis is placed on increasing diagnostic and therapeutic skills with deaf and hard of hearing children in the educational setting who are developing oral language skills. The lecture portion of this course is designed to provide a framework for students to increase their knowledge base. Students reflect on and discuss cases, issues, and procedures relevant to use of an auditory-oral approach in intervention with deaf and hard of hearing children.
Prerequisite: SLH 502 or permission of instructor.
SLH 619: MEDICAL SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
3 credits/ Elective
This course introduces the graduate student in speech-language-hearing science to medical speech pathology as it is practiced in the acute care setting. The student will be introduced to the five major service areas in the acute care setting that interface most commonly with Speech- Language Pathology Services. Those areas are: Neurology, Radiology, Trauma/Neurosurgery, ENT, and Medicine. The information necessary to interact with these services and treat their patients will be provided. The student will also have the opportunity to do site visits, prepare a detailed case study that will be presented in class, submit a research paper in a selected service area, and spend an entire workday with a neurologist and an ENT during office hours. A written structured reflection on that experience will be required.
Prerequisite: SLH 306 or SLH 506, and SLH 513 and SLH 520 or permission of instructor.
SLH 620: PEDIATRIC DYSPHAGIA
3 credits/ Elective
This course provides information about the anatomy and physiology of normal and abnormal pediatric swallowing, and explores its evaluation and treatment in the context of a neuro-developmental approach. The course facilitates the development of skills in the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing and feeding disorders in different pediatric clinical populations. The role of the speech-language pathologist as part of an interdisciplinary management team is emphasized. Problem-based learning and experiential learning are utilized to illustrate the complex medical and social issues related to pediatric dysphagia.
Prerequisite: SLH 520 or permission of the instructor.
SLH 622: APPLIED INSTRUMENTATION IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
This course focuses on the pros and cons of instrumentation in Speech- Language Pathology (SLP). Current instrumentation commonly used in the evaluation and treatment of swallowing, voice, and speech disorders will be closely reviewed. A comprehensive review of clinical and theoretical research will be conducted to understand the clinical benefits and disadvantages of instrumentations. The instruments being discussed will be available for hands on experience to further enhance comprehension of their applications. The following instruments will be included: Electrical Stimulators (VitalStim), Surface Electromyography (sEMG), Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBS), Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES), Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of
Swallowing and Sensory Testing (FEESST), Computer Speech Lab (CSL), and Videostroboscopy. Emphasis will be given to the instrumentation’s purpose, application, risk and management, disinfection, and proper maintenance.
Prerequisites: SLH 306 or SLH 506, and SLH 515 and SLH 520 or permission of the instructor.
SLH 630: SEMINAR IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
3 credits/ Elective
This seminar investigates current technological applications and controversies as they relate to communication and swallowing disorders. Students may re-enroll for a maximum of 12 credits.
Prerequisite: permission of instructor.