SLH 100: INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION
This course is an introduction to the study of the grammar and sound systems of natural languages with an emphasis on English. Historical and present day controversies on linguistic theories and the nature of language are emphasized. This class is cross-listed with PSY 242.
SLH 102: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
This course is an introductory survey of normal processes and disorders of speech, language, and hearing. The behavioral and social consequences of communication disorders in people throughout the life span are presented. Different categories, symptoms, and causes of communication disorders are examined. The roles of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist in the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders are discussed. Preferred American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) practice patterns pertaining to a variety of professional situations are surveyed.
SLH 200: PHONETICS
This course involves the exploration and study of American English pronunciation through the application of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Students will be trained in transcription of English phonemes and allophones and introduced to distinctive feature analysis, phonological rules, prosodic features, and dynamics of articulation, American dialectical variants, and developmental phonology.
SLH 202: ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SPEECH AND HEARING MECHANISMS
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the structural organization (anatomy), function (physiology), and neural control for speech production and hearing. The course will emphasize both normal and disordered systems. Two hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Prerequisite: BIO 161 and BIO 162 or permission of instructor.
SLH 203: LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
This course explores the specific nature, sequence, and patterns of language development from birth through adolescence and its relation to other aspects of child development. Conditions that place infants and children at risk for speech and language disorders are explored. Patterns of normal language development are discussed as a guide for the evaluation and treatment of children with developmental language disorders. Prerequisite: SLH 100 or permission of instructor. This course is cross-listed with PSY 342.
SLH 211: ACOUSTIC BASES OF SPEECH AND HEARING
This course explores the physical characteristics of speech sounds and the psychophysical processes involved in hearing and speech perception. Sound waves, resonance, decibels, and spectrogram reading are discussed. Computer applications with practical implications are explored.
SLH 304: INTRODUCTION TO AUDIOLOGY
This course is a survey of the field of audiology, including the measurement of hearing and the nature and causes of hearing impairment in infants, children, and adults. Students are introduced to strategies used by audiologists and physicians in managing hearing impairment.
SLH 306: NEUROLOGICAL BASES OF COMMUNICATION AND BEHAVIOR
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. Prerequisite: SLH 202 or permission of instructor.
SLH 308: CLINICAL PROCEDURES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
This course introduces the speech-language hearing science major to the clinical and supervisory process. Basic information regarding certification, professional standards, and ethics are discussed. Goal setting, lesson planning, methods of observing, describing and recording behavior, informal assessment and related topics are also discussed. Behavioral observation and computer technology in the measurement and modification of speakerlistener attributes are examined. Students develop clinical writing skills appropriate to various speech-language pathology settings. This course is an introduction to the clinical practicum experience and requires observation of a wide variety of clinical cases. Prerequisites: SLH 102, SLH 200, SLH 203, or permission of instructor.
SLH 314: DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES IN SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
This course provides the student majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Science with a framework for understanding the diagnostic process in Speech-Language Pathology. General topics in the area of diagnostics are discussed, including obtaining and interpreting assessment information. Report writing and presentation of findings are examined. Observations of diagnostic testing by an ASHA certified SLP are required. Principles and procedures common to the diagnosis of most communication and swallowing disorders are considered. Assessments of culturally and linguistically different individuals are surveyed. The ASHA Code of Ethics is emphasized. Standardized testing as well as alternatives to standardized testing are explored. Prerequisite: SLH 102, SLH 200, SLH 203, or permission of instructor.
SLH 409: MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
This course presents students with issues related to cross-linguistic and cross-cultural differences as they affect clinicians in the field of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Topics include important sociolinguistic concepts, cross-cultural communication, assessment alternatives, and intervention strategies. Non-biased diagnosis and remediation of speech, language, fluency, voice, and hearing disorders among culturally and linguistically diverse groups are discussed. Prerequisite: SLH 102 or permission of instructor.
SLH 413: PROFESSIONAL ISSUES IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY
This course examines the organization, administration, and implementation of speech and language pathology and audiology services in public, private, and special schools and clinics, rehabilitation agencies, hospitals, and private practice. The course emphasizes the professional role of the speechlanguage pathologist and audiologist and discusses ethical considerations of practice. Prerequisite: SLH 308 or permission of instructor.
SLH 501: INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PRACTICUM
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 managementskills, 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 HABILITATION/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, SLH 304, or permission of the 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. Prerequisites: SLH 200 or permission of instructor.
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. Prerequisite: SLH 203 or permission of instructor.
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 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 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. Prerequisite: SLH 306 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. Prerequisite: SLH 503 and SLH 512 and permission of Program Director.
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 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 review and purpose methods and findings of studies with applicability of research to clinical situations. Treatment and outcome variables, sampling, measurement theory, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and the use of computers in data analysis are emphasized. Prerequisite: HSC 217 or equivalent or permission of instructor.
SLH 520: DYSPHAGIA: DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF SWALLOWING DISORDERS
This 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 and modified oral feeding are discussed. Prerequisite: SLH 306 or permission of 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 and SLH 503 or permission of instructor.
SLH 616: ADVANCED CLINICAL PRACTICUM AND CASE STUDY
(repeated as necessary to fulfill ASHA Certification requirements)
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 618: COMMUNICATION AND AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS
3 credits/ Elective
This course provides an overview of autism spectrum disorders and the principles for speech-language pathologists in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of autism spectrum disorders. Professional issues relating to assessment and treatment of children on the autism spectrum are discussed along with appropriate evaluation protocols, behavioral strategies, treatment methodologies, promoting social-communication, along with appropriate materials and practical supports to enhance communication.
SLH 635: INTEGRATIVE CAPSTONE IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
This seminar course is designed as a comprehensive integration and analysis of the field of Speech-Language Pathology. This course provides a formative and summative evaluation of the students’ work. Formatively, students will develop a portfolio that contains pieces of work that exemplify their progress throughout the academic program. Summatively, the course provides students with an opportunity to review clinical research across the discipline and gain new insights to the field. Students formally present information from scholarly investigations. Prerequisite: SLH 502, SLH
511, SLH 514, SLH 515, SLH 518, SLH 527, SLH 616, and permission of Program Director.