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COM 206: Methods of Intervention for Speech Disorders

Course Description

This course provides a general overview of the anatomy and physiology of the speech production mechanism; examines speech delays and disorders including phonology, voice, fluency, feeding and swallowing disorders in preschool and school aged children. Students will be taught specialized instruction and evidenced-based interventions used for remediation, skill improvement and or compensatory strategies. This course will prepare Speech/Language Pathology Assistants for their role in providing assistance to school age children with these disorders in educational settings.

Prerequisites

  • COM 102: Introduction to Language and Communication Development
  • COM 103: Standards and Practices for SLPAs in the Schools

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Discuss the major anatomical and neurological systems and physiological processes that are involved in speech production.
  2. Discuss the Speech Chain: The basic processes of communication between individuals.
  3. Describe the significance of speech perception in the development of phonology and phonological awareness.
  4. Describe the characteristics, etiologies, and impact of articulatory, phonology, voice, and fluency disorders as well as feeding and swallowing disorders.
  5. Describe preventative approaches for speech disorders and the role of the SLPA in prevention / early intervention.
  6. Distinguish among different approaches to intervention for these disorders, including intervention delivery options, strategy selection, and material preparation.
  7. Describe common methods for data collection for these communication disorders.
  8. Describe the role of the SLPA in supporting therapy plans for students in educational settings who have phonological, voice, fluency, or feeding/swallowing disorders.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments
Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-15)

35%

Speech Chain Learning Activity (Week 2)

10%

Quizzes (Weeks 3, 6, 9, & 13)

15%

Midterm Exam (Week 10)

5%

Transcription Activities (Weeks 5-8)

15%

Methods of Intervention for Speech Disorders Project (Week 14)

10%

Comprehensive Final Exam (Week 15)

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore

  • Anderson, N.B., & Shames, G. H. (2011). Human Communication Disorders: An Introduction (8th ed). Boston: Pearson Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0137061334
  • Hedge, M.N. (2008). Hedge's PocketGuide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology (3rd ed). Delmar, Cengage Learning. ISBN-13: 978-1418014940

Note: Human Communication Disorders and Hedge’s PocketGuide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology are used in COM 306.

Additional Required Materials

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignment(s)

1

6,8

Topics: Philosophy & Practice of Service

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapters 1 & 2
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

2

1,2,4

Topics: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapters 3 & 5
    • Speech Production Study Guide
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Speech Chain Activity

3

1,3,4

Topics: Biology and Physiology of Speech Production

  • Readings:
    • Phonetics the Sound of Language (Dobrovolsky, katamba)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Quiz 1 - Anatomy & Physiology

4

1,3,4

Topics: Articulation Disorders and Accent vs. Dialect Differences

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapter 6
    • ASHA Characteristics of Speech Errors Document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

5

4,6

Topics: Articulation, Phonology, Manner & Placement

  • Readings:
    • Hedge's - pgs. 46-79
    • Difference between Phonological & Articulation Disorders Document
    • IPA Chart
    • Manner & Classification Chart
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Phonetic Transcription Activity #1

6

3,6,7

Topics: Manner and Placement: Phonetic Transcription

  • Readings:
    • No reading assignment for this week.
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Phonetic Transcription Activity #2
  • Complete Quiz 2 - Manner & Placement

7

4,5,6,7

Topic: The Role Phonology Plays in Literacy Development

  • Readings:
    • Hedge's - pg. 352-354
    • Phonological Awareness Chapter 2 Document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Phonetic Transcription Activity #3

8

5,6,7,8

Topic: Early Intervention for the Prevention of Speech Disorders

  • Readings:
    • ASHA’s Roles and Responsibilities in Early Intervention Guidelines (pages 1-61).
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Phonetic Transcription Activity #4

9

4,6,8

Topic: Phonological Disorders vs. Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Readings:
    • ASHA Childhood Apraxia of Speech (pages 1-48)
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Quiz 3 - Phonetic Transcription

10

1-8

Topic: Oral Motor Exercises for Speech Disorders: A Review of Research

  • Readings:
    • Integrated Eval of NonSpeech OM treatment document
    • ASHA EB Systematic Review of Effects of OM document
    • ASHA Nonspeech OM treatment issues document
    • Use of Nonspeech OM Interventions document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Midterm Exam
Midterm Exam
Chapters 1, 3, 5 & 6
SLOs 1-8

11

4,6,8

Topic: Neurogenic Disorders of Speech - Childhood Apraxia of Speech vs. Dysarthria

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapter 10
    • Hedge's - pg. 35-45 and 143-159
    • ASHA Dysarathria Tech Rpt document
    • ASHA Treatment Efficacy Summary Dysarthria document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

12

4,6,7,8

Topics: Fluency Disorders and Interventions

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapter 7
    • Hedge's - pg. 187-231
    • ASHA Guidelines for Practice in Stuttering Treatment
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

13

1,4,6,7,8

Topics: Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Disorders & Interventions and the Role of AAC

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapters 9 & 15
    • Hedge's - pg. 84-89 and 114-119
    • ASHA Dysarathria Tech Rpt document
    • ASHA Treatment Efficacy Summary Dysarthria document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Quiz 4 - Craniofacial Abnormalities

14

4-8

Topics: Voice Disorders, Dysphagia & Interventions

  • Readings:
    • Disorders - Chapters 8 & 16
    • Hedge's - pg. 429-444
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Final Project

15

1-8

Topics: Conclusion and Final Exam

  • Readings:
    • Review readings from previous weeks for final
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete course evaluation
Final Exam
Final will be cumulative.
SLOs 1-8

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