COM 306: Methods of Intervention for Language Disorders

Course Description

This course will focus on a general overview of the language disorders and hearing disorders in preschool and school age children and their subsequent evidenced-based interventions. This course will also examine the link that language disorders and hearing loss have to literacy development. Conditions requiring augmentative and alternative communication will be covered as well multicultural differences in language development. This course will prepare Speech Language Pathology Assistants for their role in providing services to children with language Impairments, hearing impairments, and to children who use augmentative and alternative communication devices and/or systems. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:

  1. Explain and differentiate between the types, characteristics, etiologies, and impact of language disorders.
  2. Differentiate among language delays, language disorders, and culturally based language differences.
  3. Explain the role of the Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant in supporting assessment, prevention, intervention, and data collection/progress monitoring.
  4. Describe the reciprocal relationship of language and literacy development.
  5. Recognize the effects of language delay or disorder on literacy development.
  6. Distinguish among different approaches to intervention for these disorders, including intervention delivery options, strategy selection, and material preparation.
  7. Describe the evidence-based approaches to intervention for these disorders (child-centered / adult-directed and hybrid approaches), including intervention delivery options and materials preparation.
  8. Describe the role of the SLPA in supporting therapy plans for students in educational settings who have language delays or language disorders.
  9. Define and describe various augmentative and alternative communication systems and devices and their roles as SLPA’s in facilitating effective use of these systems and devices.
  10. Describe the role of the SLPA in supporting prevention, early intervention, and intervention therapy plans for students in educational settings who are at risk and who have language and or hearing disorders.
  11. Describe common methods for data collection for language and or hearing disorders and students’ responses to intervention.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

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Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-15)

40%

Quizzes (Weeks 2, 5, 7 & 13)

10%

Midterm Exam (Week 9)

10%

Language Disorders and Interventions Project (Week 14)

20%

Final Exam (Week 15)

20%

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
    • Note: Introduction to Communication Disorders and Hedge’s PocketGuide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathologyis used in COM 206.
  • Owens, R.E., & K. A. Farinella. (2019). Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective. 6th Pearson Publishing. ISBN-10: 0-13-48147-4 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-480147-6
  • Reed, Vicki A. (2018). An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders. 5th ed. Pearson Publishing. ISBN-10: 0-13-382709-7 or ISBN-13: 978-0-13-382709-5

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

3,6,8

Topics: Review of Language Development and Service Delivery

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Chapters 1 & 2, pages 1-44
    • Reed's An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapters 1 & 2, pages 3-74
  • Review course syllabus
  • Review course policies
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board

2

1,2

Topics: Multicultural Considerations in Language and English Language Learners

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Pages 26, 64, 94, 173
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Complete Quiz

3

1-5, 10

Topics: Multicultural Language Difference in School Age Children and Communication Disorders

  • Readings:
    • Hedge's Pocket Guide to Treatment in Speech Language Pathology
      • pages 357-368
    • Reed's An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 9, pages 301-339
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board

4

1-7, 10

Topics: Developmental Language Delay and Evidence Based Interventions

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Chapter 4, pages 63-108
    • Reed's An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 10, pages 340-357
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board

5

1-7, 10

Topics: Working with Early Childhood Language Intervention Methods and Programs

  • Readings:
    • Hedge's Pocket Guide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology
      • pages 369-377
    • Reed's Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 3, pages 77-129
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Complete Quiz

6

1-7

Topics: Language Disorders, Disabilities and Interventions in School Age Children and Youth

  • Readings:
    • Hedge's Pocket Guide to Treatment in Speech Language Pathology
      • pages 377-387
    • Reed's Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 4, pages 130-168
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board

7

1,3,6,7

Topic: Autism

  • Readings:
    • Reed's An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 7, pages 235-259
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Complete Quiz

8

3,6,7

Topic: Treatment Processes

  • Readings:
    • Hedge's Pocket Guide to Treatment in Speech Language Pathology
      • pages 91-99 and 412-419
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Study for Midterm

9

1-7, 10

Topic: Midterm

Readings:

  • Review all the readings that have been assigned for Weeks 1-8.
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Complete Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam
Covers content from weeks 1-8

10

4,5,10

Topic: Reciprocal Relationship Between Language and Literacy

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Chapter 6, pages 143-178
    • Reed's Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 4, pages 130-168
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board

11

10,11

Topic: Response to Intervention, Progress Monitoring and Data Collection

  • Readings:
    • Articles and Documents (located in course)
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board

12

1,6,7,8

Topics: Acquired Language Disorders; Aphasia & Traumatic Brain Injury/ Evidence Based Practice and Interventions

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Chapter 7, pages179-224
    • Hedge's Pocket Guide to Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology
      • pages 6-38, 562-564
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Work on your Language Disorders and Interventions Project

13

9,10

Topics: AAC Model and Communicative Competence

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Chapter 13, pages 383-408
    • Hedge's Pocket Guide to Treatment in Speech Language Pathology
      • pages 59-65
    • Reed's An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 12, pages 383-400
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Complete Quiz
  • Finalize work on your Language Disorders and Interventions Project

14

10

Topics: Hearing and Hearing Disorders; Implications; Prevention and Interventions

  • Readings:
    • Owens & Farinella Introduction to Communication Disorders
      • Chapter 12, pages 333-382
    • Reed's An Introduction to Children with Language Disorders
      • Chapter 8, pages 260-300
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Submit Language Disorders and Interventions Project
  • Study for Final

15

1-11

Topic: Putting it All Together!

  • Readings:
    • Review all the readings that have been assigned for Weeks 1-14.
  • Review lecture and reading materials
  • Participate in Discussion Board
  • Complete Final Exam
  • Complete Course Evaluation

Final Exam
The final exam will be cumulative covering content from weeks 1-14.

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