Communication Sciences Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders offers both the Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Coursework in the basic processes underlying speech, language, and hearing, communication disorders and their management, and clinical practice comprises the curriculum. Upon completing the M.S. degree, the student will have met the knowledge and skills requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence awarded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and for licensure by the state of Kansas. Speech-language pathology is a field which has grown rapidly to meet the needs of children and adults who have communication disorders.

Department of Communication Sciences

Courses

This course explores communication disorders as they are presented in society. Specific types of communication disorders will be reviewed with an emphasis on known characteristics of these disorders and how these characteristics may or may not be portrayed in society. The media and literature play an important role on how the general public perceives individuals who present with communication disorders.

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The basic course covering speech-language-hearing disorders and intervention methods.

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Course covering the acoustics and psychoacoustics of sound, phonation, and resonance related to speech and hearing.

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Study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanism.

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This course provides instruction for the non-native speaker of American English wanting to improve pronunciation and intelligibility. The class involves lecture, oral exercises, and small group practice. This course is not for the student who is beginning to study English and does not guarantee a passing score on the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) or the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

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The lab allows for individualized instruction and practice. The lab is a one-on-one or small group experience outside of the class scheduled time. This course is not for the student who is beginning to study English and does not guarantee a passing score on the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) or the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

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An introductory course in American Sign Language. The course will serve to teach basic sign language for the purpose of communicating with Deaf individuals.

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This course provides majors in Communication Disorders basic knowledge of morphology and syntax to prepare them to analyze spoken and written language.

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Study of the development of the communication process from birth throught the preschool years with emphasis on milestones in the child's development of the phonologic, morphologic, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic system. Relationships of cognitive and social skills as well as theories of development will be examined.

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Application of research-based methods to evaluate the nonverbal and verbal language skills of typically developing children through the pre-school years (i.e. morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics).

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Study of the perception and production of speech sounds. Deals with phoetics as it applies to speech disorders.

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Students may complete readings, investigate problems, or complete research projects in the area of communication disorders.

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This course will help individuals communicate with deaf individuals on an intermediate level. It serves to expand the understanding of language through an alternate form of communication.

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The student will identify and briefly describe the general characteristics of autism spectrum disorders and the specific characteristics that may help in making a differential diagnosis among the disorders that compose the spectrum of disorders in this classification system. In addition, students will identify assessment and intervention programs appropriate for children diagnosed as presenting ASD.

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The student will learn to identify the characteristics of individuals who present autism spectrum disorder and the social communication issues presented by these individuals. The student will describe and analyze current assessment and intervention practices in the areas of socialcommunication appropriate for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This course includes group discussions, in-class applied activities, and the development of tools to be utilized during clinical practice.

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Study of pure-tone audiometry, speech audiometry, and masking. Surveys auditory pathologies and their differential diagnosis. Lab included.

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Study of typical language acquisition and development in school-age children and adolescents including research and theory related to later language development in the areas of morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Will include discussion of the relationship between reading, writing and language; as well as other variables influencing later language acquisition and learning.

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Training in the acquisition, transcription, and analysis of speech and language skills for schoolage students.

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Principles and methods for diagnosis and appraisal of speech-language disorders with an emphasis on the psychometric properties of standardized tests.

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Principles and methods for diagnosis and appraisal of speech-language disorders with an emphasis on the psychometric properties of standardized tests.

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Study of intervention principles and strategies for persons with speech and language disorders across the life span.

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Study of intervention principles and strategies for persons with speech and language disorders across the life span.

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Covers basic clinical application of evaluation and intervention procedures in various settings. Students enroll concurrently in clinical practicum.

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Covers basic clinical application of evaluation and intervention procedures in various settings. Students enroll concurrently in clinical practicum.

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Students are to provide clinical services under staff supervision in settings with preschoolers, school-age children and adults. Regular planning and evaluation sessions must be scheduled with clinical supervisors.

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Students are to provide clinical services under staff supervision in settings with preschoolers, school-age children and adults. Regular planning and evaluation sessions must be scheduled with clinical supervisors.

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Study of theories and methods for hearing habilitation/rehabilitation including amplification, speechreading, auditory training, hearing aid orientation, and speech and voice conservation for infants through geriatics.

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Study of theories and methods for hearing habilitation/rehabilitation including amplification, speechreading, auditory training, hearing aid orientation, and speech and voice conservation for infants through geriatics.

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This course is intended to provide an overview of hearing loss in older adults. An explanation of causes of hearing loss in this population and communication strategies to use will be discussed. It may be used as an elective within the SLP undergraduate major or an elective in the SLP graduate program, but will not replace SLP 464.

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This course is intended to provide an overview of hearing loss in older adults. An explanation of causes of hearing loss in this population and communication strategies to use will be discussed. It may be used as an elective within the SLP undergraduate major or an elective in the SLP graduate program, but will not replace SLP 464.

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Course designed to present the effects of the normal aging process on communication skills of older adults. Facilitation techniques enhancing communication exchanges among family members and other professionals working with older adults will be stressed.

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Course designed to present the effects of the normal aging process on communication skills of older adults. Facilitation techniques enhancing communication exchanges among family members and other professionals working with older adults will be stressed.

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This practicum represents the first semester of enrollment for graduate students. Students will learn the clinical processes involved in the clinical management of cases (Code of Ethics, Clinic Handbook, etc.). Since this is the first clinical enrollment for graduate students, supervision, which will be adjusted according to the needs of the student and the client(s) being served.

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This practicum represents the second semester of enrollment for graduate students. Students will be expected to demonstrate the skills from Graduate Practicum I and demonstrate independence under frequent supervision, which will be adjusted according to the needs of the student and the client(s) being served.

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This practicum represents the third semester of enrollment for graduate students. Students at this level will be expected to demonstrate the skills from Graduate Practicum I and II and will be able to explain their rationale for clinical decisions and revise clinical goals and strategies as needed. The student will explain the clinical processes and will demonstrate consistent ability to make clinical decisions under the supervision of credentialed individuals, which will be adjusted according to the needs of the student and the client(s) being served.

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This enrollment represents the forth and subsequent semesters of enrollment for graduate students. Students will continue to enroll in the level until the externship enrollment. This practicum is also supervised by credentialed individuals, which will be adjusted according to the needs of the student and the client(s) being served.

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Students will be involved with clinical evaluations within the clinical education program.

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Students will enroll in the program during the semester they are enrolled in the healthcare practicum prior to externship experience. This practicum is supervised be credentialed individuals, which will be adjusted according to the needs of the student and the client(s) being served.

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A required lab which provides supervised clinical experience in aural rehabilitation.

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Student will complete a minimum of an 8 week practicum at an educational facility working along side an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and treatment of patients at the facility(s).

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Presents principles and methods in clinical areas such as private practice, self-assessments, training of paraprofessionals, roles as a consultant, resource person, and multidisciplinary team member.

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Student will complete a minimum of an 8 week practicum at a medical facility working alongside a ASHA certified speech-language pathologist in the evaluation and treatment of patients at the facility.

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This course provides a broad overview of contemporary issues related to working with families and clients with communication disorders, supervision of student clinicians and/or paraprofessionals, and interprofessional practice (IPP) with other professionals in education and mediacal settings to gain Interprofessional Experience (IPE). This course includes group discussions, in-class applied activities, and the development of tools to be utilized during clinical practice.

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Presents principles and procedures in assessment and intervention for speech-language pathologists working with persons from diverse populations.

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Provides advanced students an opportunity to complete in-depth readings, investigate problems, or complete research projects in the area of communication disorders.

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The student will summarize the characteristics of individuals who present autism spectrum disorder and the social-communication issues presented by these individuals. The student will analyze and apply current assessment and intervention practice appropriate for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. This course includes group discussions, in-class applied activities, and the development of tools to be utilized in clinical practice.

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Provides supervised clinical evaluation experience in the area of audiology.

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Course taught prior to first externship. Professional ethics, methods of supervision, the mentor-mentee relationship, record-keeping, and responsibilities of the student, the agency, and the university are emphasized.

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Graduate students in Communication Sciences and Disorders will assist in developing an individual or group research project related to clinical practice with the guidance of a graduate faculty research advisor.

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Students will assist in the completion of a research project culminating in an oral presentation individually or as a group at the end of the semester.

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Focus on trends and issues for speech-language pathologists related to assessment and intervention with individuals across the across the life span presenting with swallowing disorders. Students will integrate and refine skills in evaluation, assessment, and planning of intervention programs for these disorders.

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Course designed to present information on augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) with emphasis on various AAC systems and strategies available for individuals with severe communication disabilities. The assessment and intervention process for AAC will be presented.

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Study of audiometric theories and practice related to the scope of practice for speechlanguage pathologists.

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This course provides advanced study of speech sound disorders in children. The following disorders will be examined and include the study of assessment and intervention of articulation and pho9nological disorders, childhood apraxia of speech, cleft palate, oral myofunctional disorders, speech of the deaf/hard of hearing.

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Study of various theories and treatments for fluency disorders. Examines assessment procedures.

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Study of acquired disorders related to the speech mechanism including respiration, resonance, phonation, and articulation.

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Evaluation, assessment and intervention practices for persons in the early stages of language development (i.e. early words to simple sentences).

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Evaluation and intervention practices for persons with language disorders in the later stages of language development (i.e., complex language).

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Evaluation and intervention practices for persons with language disorders who communicate nonverbally.

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Current topics in speech-language pathology are studied. Topics will vary.

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Designed to give graduate students an opportunity for in-depth study into any area of speechlanguage hearing.

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An overview of the anatomy and physiology of the central and peripheral nervous systems, with emphasis on the neurologic control of cognitive, language and speech processes. Students are introduced to the types of neurological impairments that may result in disorders of speech, language, and related functions.

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Students will differentiate cognitive linguistic communication disorders on the basis of the site of neurologic damage and patterns of behavioral communication characteristics. Students will integrate and refine skills in the evaluation, assessment, and planning of intervention programs.

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Focus on the identification if the various motor speech disorders that result from neurologic disease or injury and differentiate these disorders from other related disorders. Etiologies of motor speech disorders, assessment and planning of intervention programs for these disorders will be presented.

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Will provide an additional option for the student that has only minor revisions in order to complete thesis.

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Last updated: 09/04/2019