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Communication Disorders Courses

Program | Faculty | Master's | Doctoral | Courses

All courses carry 3 credits unless otherwise specified.

520 Counseling in Communication Disorders
Characteristics and types of counseling in communication disorders; emphasis on client-clinician relationship. Ms. Mercaitis

530 Neurological Bases of Speech, Language, and Hearing

Fundamentals of neuroanatomy and physiology for communicative functions including speech, language, and hearing. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 211. Ms. Andri-anopoulos

540 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
An overview of causes, characteristics, and assessment and treatment methods pertaining to autism spectrum disorders. Topics include genetic bases, early intervention, academic training, social and life skills development.

550 Nature and Needs of the Hearing Impaired
How impaired ability to communicate affects social, psychological, and educational development of hearing-impaired individuals. Consent of instructor required for non-COMM-DIS majors. Ms. Poissant

560 Language and Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities associated with physical, psychological, and social etiologies. Problems of language development and cognitive disorders, remedial practices in reading and writing problems, and learning patterns of culturally disadvantaged. Diagnostic assessment and educational processes outlined. Ms. Zaretsky

580 Cognitive Bases of Language Functions
Introduction to neurological and cognitive processes of language comprehension and formulation. Information relevant to the diagnosis of dysfunction in aphasia and other language disorders of adulthood. Ms. Kurland

610 Phonological Disorders
Nature and treatment of phonological dis-orders. Ms. Velleman

611 Fluency Disorders
Review of major theories regarding evaluation and clinical management of stuttering. Ms. Mercaitis

612 Voice Problems
Voice disorders, organic and functional; symptoms, and principles and techniques of therapy and diagnosis. Prerequisites: COMM-DIS 210 and 211 or equivalents. Ms. Andrianopoulos

613 Language Disorders in Adults I
Underlying neuropathology, theory, clin-ical characteristics, concomitant conditions, diagnostic measures, prognosis, treatment approaches, and evidence of treatment efficacy related to acquired disorders of language in adults. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 580 or equivalent. Ms. Kurland

614 Language Disorders in Adults II
Diagnosis and rehabilitation of cognitive-communicative disorders caused by traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere stroke, and progressive neuropathologies. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 613. Ms. Kurland

621 Studies in American Dialects
Review of literature and research in American dialectology; emphasis on procedures of diagnosis and treatment for communication disorders among populations whose speech and language are nonstandard.

624 Motor Speech Disorders
Theory and research related to underlying pathology, salient features, confirmatory signs, and diagnostic and treatment approaches to dysarthrias and apraxia of speech in children and adults. Consent of instructor required. Ms. Andrianopoulos

630 Graduate Research in Communication Disorders
Research strategies and their applications to research problems relating to normal and pathological speech, hearing and language processes. History of research in areas relating to communication disorders; university research resources; role of statistics in speech, hearing and language research problems; evaluation of research. Ms. Velleman

631 Language Disorders in Children I
The study of theories of language and cognitive development as a framework for understanding and describing language behavior resulting from neurological, sensory, cognitive-intellectual and psycho-emotional deficits. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 401 or equivalent. Ms. Zaretsky

632 Language Disorders in Children II
Assessment and intervention strategies for language disordered children; emphasis on language behavior relative to neurological, sensory, cognitive-intellectual, and psycho-emotional deficits. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 631. Ms. Zaretsky

640 Advanced Diagnostic Audiology
Theories, methodologies, and procedures for special diagnostic testing; laboratory approaches. Prerequisites: COMM-DIS 311 and 313 or equivalents. Ms. Baran

641 Advanced Hearing Rehabilitation
Assessment and application of techniques of speechreading and auditory training, and total case management of hearing impaired adults. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 313 or equivalent. Ms. Helfer

642 Hearing Aids and Amplification
Nature and types of amplifying systems employed with the hearing-impaired. Electroacoustic characteristics including gain, power, acoustic response, distortion, etc. Principles and methods of selection and usage of hearing aids. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 640 or equivalent. Ms. Helfer

643 Hearing Conservation and Industrial Audiology
Effects of noise exposure on the functioning of the auditory system; principles of noise measurement; development of industrial hearing conservation programs. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 313 or equivalent. Mr. Freyman

644 Educational Audiology
Investigation and evaluation of recent research and advances in knowledge concerning auditory capacities, and the management of audiological problems. Prerequisites: COMM-DIS 313 and 641 or equivalents. Ms. Poissant

645 Theories of Hearing
Current acoustic, psychophysiological, physical, anatomical, psychological and clinical aspects of audition, and the theories of hearing developed to explain them. Prerequisites: COMM-DIS 211, 311, and 313 or equivalents. Mr. Freyman

646 Assessment and Management of Balance Disorders and Tinnitus
Anatomy, physiology, and assessment of the vestibular system. Rehabilitation of individuals with vestibular disorders. Current theories of tinnitus mechanisms and factors contributing to problematic tinnitus. Comprehensive assessment of tinnitus and remediation techniques. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 640. Ms. Helfer

647 Implantable Auditory Prostheses
Management of hearing loss through the application of implantable auditory prostheses. Topics include cochlear implants, auditory brainstem implants, middle ear implants, and combined acoustical and electrical stimulation strategies. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 640. Ms. Poissant

650 Pediatric Audiology
Etiology and symptomology of hearing loss in children in regard to communication development, educational management, and aural rehabilitation of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school children. Ms. Poissant

651 Electrophysiological Procedures in Audiology
Principles of electrophysiological assessment of the auditory and vestibular systems; laboratory approaches. Prerequisite: COMM-DIS 640 or equivalent. Ms. Baran

691 Seminar: Communication Disorders
Analysis and discussion of major problems in field of communication disorders. One of following topics usually offered: a) dysphagia, b) communication disorders associated with aging, c) medical speech pathology, d) advanced topics in audiology, e) advanced topics in speech-language pathology. Consent of instructor required. May be repeated for credit. Maximum credit, 9.

692 Medical Audiology
Advanced principles and practices of audiology relative to differential diagnosis, otological surgery, medical intervention, and research. Prerequisites: COMM-DIS 313, 640, 641, and 642 or equivalents. Ms. Baran

696 Special Problems
Independent study in special subjects. Repetition requires consent.

697A Instrumentation in Audiology
Fundemental principles of electronic instrumentation with emphasis on clinical and research applications in audiology. Topics include elementary circuit theory, signals and systems, electroacoustic transducers, digital signal processing, spectral analysis, and principles of specifications, measurement, and calibration. Mr. Whitmal

698 Clinical Practice in Communication Disorders
Supervised clinical practice with children and adults with various speech, language, and hearing disorders; group and individual therapy techniques; on-campus and off-campus experiences.

699 Master’s Thesis

Credit, 3-6.

899 Doctoral Dissertation
Credit, 18.