Course Description

This course provides educators with an overview of speech and language disorders. Participants examine language acquisition and development; language disorders; speech, articulation, and phonological disorders; voice, swallowing, and fluency disorders; and hearing disorders. Classroom management, instructional strategies, assessment, and augmentative and alternative technologies are also explored.

This graduate course is 4 weeks.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

Course Objectives

Overview of Language and Communication Disorders

  • Define the terms communication, language, and speech as they relate to human communication skills.
  • Identify the influence of anatomy and physiology on speech, language, and voice production.
  • Describe the main causes and consequences of communication disorders for children.
  • Determine the impact that cultural differences have on language acquisition and child performance in school.

Speech Sound, Articulation, Language and Phonological Disorders

  • Describe the stages of normal development of speech sounds in children.
  • Identify the developmental milestones of speech sound development.
  • Describe disorders of articulation and phonology.
  • Analyze methods of assessing, accommodating, and teaching students with speech sound, articulation, language, and phonological disorders.
  • Contrast the modes of communication and the components of language.
  • Describe the theoretical models of language acquisition and the relationship between language acquisition and emergent-literacy development.
  • Identify disorders that fall within the three categories of language impairments (form, content, and use).

Hearing, Voice, Swallowing, and Fluency Disorders

  • Identify examples of voice, swallowing, and fluency disorders in children.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the hearing mechanism.
  • Identify hearing disorders and types of hearing loss.
  • Analyze methods of assessing, accommodating, and teaching students with hearing loss and voice, swallowing, and fluency disorders.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Student Support

  • Evaluate uses of augmentative and alternative communication to support student learning in the classroom.
  • Recommend ways to sensitively support students with communication disorders through knowledge of culture and diversity.
  • Create a classroom environment to support students with communication disorders.
  • Identify professionals, resources, and organizations that provide support for students and teachers of students with communication disorders.




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