This course will focus on the professional issues related to the role of the Speech Language Pathology Assistant in providing services in the educational setting. Topics covered will include the legal and policy framework for school services, ethical practice, supervision, collaboration, scheduling, service delivery models, data collection, advocating, professional development, resources, and professional trends. Observation reports are a required part of this course. (3 credits)
- COM 102: Introduction to Language and Communication Development
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Discuss the Code of Ethics and state licensing requirements for the practice of speech and language pathology and identify sections pertinent to SLPAs.
- Distinguish the role of the SLPA in supporting the practice of speech and language pathology in schools, including scheduling, screening, data collection, communication with teachers and families, advocating for children, families and the profession, participation in meetings, assisting in evaluations and reporting writing, and preparation of materials.
- Differentiate different service delivery models, i.e., pull-out, consultation, transdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and efficacy of each within the educational setting.
- Explain the importance of collaboration, including how to identify significant partners for collaboration, and the knowledge and skills necessary to collaborate effectively.
- Identify classroom management methods and tools, distinguishing the role language plays in the implementation of such.
- Describe current issues in professional practice and related professional development resources.
- Describe data collection methods and types, documentation procedures, lesson / therapy plan components, individual education plan components.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1- 8)
Quizzes (Weeks 1, 2, 6 & 7)
Observation Reports (Weeks 3, 5 & 6)
Midterm (Week 4)
Final (Week 8)
Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore
- Haynes, W.O., Moran, M.J., & Pindzola, R.H. (2006). Communication Disorders in the Classroom: An Introduction for Professionals in the School Settings. 4th ed. Boston: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN-13: 978-0763727437
- Ostergren, Jennifer A. (2020). Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A Resource Manual. 2nd ed. Plural Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1-94488-326-3
Additional Required Materials
The following materials will be provided in Blackboard:
- Journal Articles and other selected readings will be provided as needed.
Readings and Exercises
Topics: SLPA Roles & Responsibilities, Service Delivery in the Schools, Aspects of Communication
Topics: Working with Supervising SLPs, Development of Language and Phonology, Communication with Families and Children
Topics: Working with Multidisciplinary Teams, Working With Diverse Populations, Populations Encountered in the School Setting
Topic: Professionalism and Ethical Issues, Language Differences versus Disorders
Chapters 1-7 Communication Disorders
Chapters 1-5, selected sections of Chapter 10: SLPA Resource ManualSLOs 1-7
Topics: Legislation, Health and Safety, Fluency and Voice Disorders
Topics: Observation, Data Collection, Hearing Impairments, Craniofacial Syndromes
Topics: Screening, Assessment, Intervention, Neurological Disorders, Academic Success
Topic: Common Core State Standards
|Comprehensive Final Exam|
Chapters 1-13 Communication Disorders
Chapters 1-10 SLPA Resource Manual& ASHA
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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