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Speech Pathology and Audiology

Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

SPA 200. Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders. 3 credits.

An introduction to the field of speech pathology. Consideration is given to the cause and treatment of communication disorders in children and adults.

SPA 207. Speech Science I: Phonetics. 3 credits.

An introduction to phonetic theories relating to speech pathology. Instruction in the various transcription techniques for phonetic and phonemic analysis of speech production is provided.

SPA 208. Speech Science II: Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear and Voice Mechanism. 3 credits.

A detailed study of the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms.

SPA 209. Speech Science III: Acoustics of Speech and Hearing. 3 credits.

Introduction to acoustics of speech and hearing. Topics include physical acoustics, sound generation and transmission, resonance, speech acoustics and speech perception.

SPA 300. Children's Language. 3 credits.

The study of language acquisition, development, structure and function in normal children. Prerequisite: SPA 200 or permission of the instructor.

SPA 301. Audiology. 3 credits.

An introduction to the symptoms, causes and treatment of hearing disorders. Hearing test instrumentation and interpretation in clinical situations are emphasized.

SPA 316. Organic Speech Disorders. 3 credits.

Clinical procedures in the areas of oral-facial and voice disorders are studied. Evaluative and remedial aspects are emphasized. Prerequisite: SPA 208.

SPA 318. Aural Rehabilitation. 3 credits.

Concentrated attention is given to communication problems of the hearing handicapped. Aural rehabilitation is emphasized including lip reading and auditory training. Prerequisite: SPA 301.

SPA 414. Phonological and Language Disorders. 3 credits.

An introduction to phonological and language disorders in children and adults. Etiological and maintaining factors are discussed, and an overview of assessment and (re)habilitation procedures is presented. Prerequisite: SPA 200, 207, 300.

SPA 415. Introduction to Stuttering and Neuromotor Speech Disorders. 3 credits.

An introduction to neuromotor speech disorders and the normal development of fluency and deviations from this standard. Emphasis will be placed on theories and characteristics of neuromotor speech disorders and stuttering.

SPA 420. Introduction to Sign Language. 3 credits.

An introduction to the elements of total communication including sign language.

SPA 421. Sign Language II. 3 credits.

Enhancement of the communication skills of the student whose core vocabulary and knowledge of application of sign language are basic. The course arranges opportunities for building fluency, reception, beginning interpreting skills and appropriateness in a given situation. Prerequisite: SPA 420 and/or permission of the instructor.

SPA 470. Methods and Observation. 3 credits.

Directed observation and participation in practica experiences including (re)habilitation and/or assessment are required. Practical clinical methodology will be emphasized.

SPA 490. Special Studies in Speech Pathology. 3 credits each semester.

Designed to allow the student to complete independent research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

SPA 499. Honors. 6 credits.

See catalog descriptions titled "Graduation with Distinction" and "Graduation with Honors."

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