COM 206: Methods of Intervention for Speech Disorders

Course Description

This course will focus on a general overview of the anatomy and physiology of the speech production mechanism. Speech delays and disorders covered include phonology, voice, fluency, and feeding and swallowing disorders in preschool and school aged children. Students will be taught specialized instruction and evidence-based interventions used for remediation and or compensatory strategies. This course will prepare Speech/Language Pathology Assistants for their role in providing assistance to children with these disorders in educational settings. (3 credits)

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 State College's online bookstore

  • Hedge, M.N. (2018). Hedge's PocketGuide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology (4th ed). Plural Publishing, Inc. ISBN-10: 1-944883-12-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-944883-12-6
  • Owens, R.E., Owens Jr., R., Farinella, K., Metz, D. (2019). Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective. (6th ed). Boston: Pearson Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-480147-6
  • Reed, V.A. (2018). Introduction to Children with Language Disorders. (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0-13-382709-5

Additional Required Materials

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

6,8

Topics: Philosophy & Practice of Service

  • Readings:
    • Reed - Chapters 1 & 2, pages 3-74
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

2

1,2,4

Topics: Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

  • Readings:
    • Owens, Owens Jr, Frainella & Metz - Chapter 3
    • The Speech Chain document
    • Speech Production Study Guide document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 2 Adapting the Speech Chain for AAC Users assignment

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 Week 3 - Quiz 1

4

1,3,4

Topics: Articulation Disorders and Accent vs. Dialect Differences

  • Readings:
    • Owens et al. - pages 16-17, and Chapter 5
    • Characteristics of Speech Errors - ASHA document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions

5

4,6

Topics: Articulation, Phonology, Manner & Placement

  • Readings:
    • Hedge - pages 495-539
    • Difference between Phonological & Articulation Disorders Document
    • IPA Chart
    • Manner classification blank template document
    • Manner & Classification Chart document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 5 - Phonetic Transcription Activity #1

6

3,6,7

Topics: Manner and Placement: Phonetic Transcription

  • Readings:
    • Hedge - pages 495-539
    • IPA Chart
    • Manner classification blank template document
    • Manner & Classification Chart document
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 6 - Phonetic Transcription Activity #2
  • Complete Week 6 - Quiz 2

7

4,5,6,7

Topic: The Role Phonology Plays in Literacy Development

  • Readings:
    • Hedge - pages 395-400
    • Phonological Awareness Chapter 2 document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 7 - Phonetic Transcription Activity #3

8

5,6,7,8

Topic: Early Intervention for the Prevention of Speech Disorders

  • Readings:
    • Early intervention page on ASHA's Practice Portal
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Submit Week 8 - 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 Week 9 - Quiz 3

10

1-8

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

  • Readings:
    • ASHA Integrated Evaluation of NonSpeech Oral Motor Treatment document
    • ASHA Evidence Based Systematic Review of Effects of Oral Motor Exercies in Speech document
    • Nonspeech Oral Motor Treatment Issues document
    • ASHA Use of Nonspeech Oral Motor Treatments, Interventions and Interactions document
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Week 10 - Midterm Exam
Midterm Exam
Midterm will be cumulative through Week 10
SLOs 1-8

11

4,6,8

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

  • Readings:
    • Owens et al. - Chapter 10
    • Hedge - pages 96-100 and 145-166
    • ASHA Speech Support Techniques for Dysarathria  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:
    • Owens et al. - Chapter 8
    • Hedge - pages 207-275
    • ASHA Guidelines for Practice in Stuttering Treatment
    • Fluency Disorders section on ASHA Practice Portal
  • 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:
    • Owens et al. - Chapters 9 & 13
    • Hedge - pages 101-121 and 584-590
    • Communication Facts in Special Pop. Craniofacial Syndromes ASHA
    • Early Intervention in Children with Cleft Palate ASHA Leader
    • Roles and Responsibilities of SLPAs AAC Technical Report ASHA
  • Read assigned material
  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Week 13 - Quiz 4

14

4-8

Topics: Voice Disorders, Dysphagia & Interventions

  • Readings:
    • Owens et al. - Chapters 9 & 11
    • Hedge - pages 591-608 and 167-190
  • 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 Exam
  • Participate in discussions
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete course evaluation
Final Exam
Final will be cumulative.
SLOs 1-8

10142021

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