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. (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)
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Course Activities and Grading
Discussions (Weeks 1- 8)
Quizzes (Weeks 2, 3, 4 & 7)
Midterm Exam (Week 5)
Final Exam (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
Readings and Exercises
Topics: SLPA Roles & Responsibilities
Topics: Working with your SLPA Supervisor
Topic: Multidisciplinary Teaming
Topics: Data Collection and Documentation Procedures
Topics: Professionalism and Ethical Issues
Topics: Screening, Assessment, Intervention & Academic Success
Topic: Common Core State Standards, What Do They Mean for SLPs and SLPAs?
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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Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.