SLH 201: INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE
3 credits/ Elective
This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). Students will acquire basic ASL skills needed to communicate in a wide variety of situations.
SLH 519: CLEFT PALATE AND OTHER MAXILLOFACIAL DISORDERS
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 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 speechlanguage 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 academic achievement with consideration of age appropriate curriculum in the classroom. Students learn Federal and State special education regulations 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 assessment and intervention in areas including speech, language, voice, and fluency for children who may range in grade from preschool through high school. Prerequisites: SLH 516, appropriate Education courses, and permission of Program Director.
SLH 526: ALTERNATIVE AND AUGMENTATIVE COMMUNICATION
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: permission of instructor. Prerequisite: SLH 516 or permission of instructor.
SLH 528: COUNSELING IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
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
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 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 education 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
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
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 comprehend 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 AND SWALLOWING DISORDERS
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.
SLH 640: THESIS RESEARCH IN COMMUNICATION DISORDERS
This course is an opportunity to pursue descriptive and/or experimental research. This thesis option will result in approved, original, scholarly research within the field of communication disorders under the supervision of a member of the faculty to produce an acceptable thesis. Students present their thesis orally to faculty and students in lieu of the master’s comprehensive examination. Prerequisite: SLH 518 and permission of faculty member and program director. Students may re-register for this course until completion of thesis.