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Speech Language Pathology Assistant Course Descriptions

SLP180 Survey of Speech/Lang Disorder
Provides an overview of the profession of speech language pathology. Describes the nature of various speech, language, voice and hearing; covers communication development in children and descriptions of language differences. Includes the training, scope, and practice of a speech language pathologist and a speech language pathology assistant. F, offered as needed.
3 Credits

SLP181 Phonetics for Language
Covers the listening/discrimination and transcription skills required to identify normal and disordered speech behaviors. Describes the motoric and linguistic acquisition of normal and disordered speech along with basic approaches to intervention that can be used by Speech and Language Pathology Assistants. Focuses on transcription of American English speech sounds and the physical and linguistic development of speech. The second will target the implementation of speech treatment programming expected of an assistant. W, offered as needed.
3 Credits

SLP182 Intervention Strategies - SLPA
Focuses on approaches to intervention that speech and language pathology assistants can use with children, adolescents and adults within the limits of a specified scope of practice. Covers data and record keeping methodologies along with types of materials and approaches that are motivating for students/clients in different age groups. F, Sp, Offered as needed
3 Credits

SLP183 Intro to Language Development
Introduces language development for students pursuing training as a speech language pathology assistant, and those in early childhood education. Provides an overview of basic linguistics and practical applications of the theoretical explanations of language acquisition. Includes observation of infants, children, and adolescents are the major focus for the identifying and the milestones of language development. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

SLP184 Language Therapy
Offers an advanced clinical course for students pursuing training as speech-language pathology assistant. Focuses primarily on the age groups of early childhood, childhood, and adolescence; however, intervention approaches that can be used successfully with adults are included. Provides directed application of language, cognitive, and behavioral therapy techniques in individual and group intervention modalities. Stresses integration of interpersonal and paraprofessional knowledge and skills into clinical activities. Prerequisite: SLP180, SLP182, and SLP183; or consent of instructor. (All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.) Offered as needed.
3 Credits

SLP185 Anatomy/Physiology - Spch/Lang
Focuses on the anatomy and physiology specific to speech as a medium of communication and to the underlying modalities of language. Presents the anatomical structures and the physiology fundamental to various speech disorders, along with the role of anatomy and physiology in speech and language rehabilitation. Provides differentiation when appropriate among the anatomy and physiology of infants, children, adolescents, and adults. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

SLP186 Speech Intervention
Presents an advanced clinical intervention course for speech language pathology assistants. Covers the various uses of group and individual therapy. Discusses treatment content and pacing. Includes the application of reinforcement schedules along with effective use of various speech sound teaching and correction strategies. Prerequisite: SLP180 and SLP181, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Sp
3 Credits

SLP187 Clinical Doc/Materials Mgmt
Covers the development and use of therapeutic teaching materials based on knowledge of communication disorders, speech production, clinical intervention, and normal language and cognitive development. Includes various approaches to documenting the results of intervention. Focuses on the use of developmental and behavioral models to produce materials and assessment of various intervention programs. Prerequisite: SLP180 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W, Sp
3 Credits

SLP188 Communication Disorders
Focuses on the nature of communication and on swallowing and feeding disorders in groups of children with various types of disabilities that occur with a low frequency in the general population. Describes the specific communication, swallowing, and feeding disorders manifested in these various groups, along with the approaches to and types of intervention. Emphasizes the role of the assistant in the administration of behavioral treatment and methods and the tracking of progress with various data methods as a major key to success for these clients in both group and individual treatment models. Includes an overview of the various genetic disorders. Prerequisite: SLP180 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed.
3 Credits

SLP189 SLPA Practicum 1
Focuses on guided practice in speech language pathology assisting. Includes working with a speech language pathologist supervisor at one or more sites of service. Emphasizes skill shaping and improvement using input from the supervising clinician and the college instructor. Prerequisite: Completion of all SLPA courses with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

SLP190 SLPA Practicum 2
Focuses on guided practice in speech language pathology assisting. Includes working with a speech language pathologist supervisor at one or more sites of service. Emphasizes skill shaping and improvement using input from the supervising clinician and the college instructor. Prerequisite: SLP189 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. W
3 Credits

SLP191 Ethical/Legal Cons in SLP
Presents analysis, review, and discussion of ethical considerations in speech-language pathology across practice setting. Covers patient confidentiality regulations, quality control, SLPA supervision, and licensure requirements. Discusses federal and state regulations relating to special education, IEP due process, patient privacy and confidentiality. Prerequisite: SLP180 with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

SLP192 Augmentative/Alternative Comm
Introduces augmentative communication and technologies associated with the field of communication disorders. Examines characteristics of various augmentative communication systems and explores communication strategies related to the needs of the users. Discusses person-centered intervention and problem solving strategies. Includes case studies and designing materials that demonstrate the effective use of assistive technology, including alternative augmentative communication in relation to school, work, recreation, home, or community environments. Prerequisite: SLP180 and SLP183, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

SLP193 Adult Communication Disorders
Explores neurogenic disorders that cause or contribute to communication disorders in adults. Examines speech and language disorders of aphasia, apraxia and dysarthria, and medical conditions of stroke, brain injury and dementia. Provides directed application of speech and language therapy techniques and intervention. Prerequisite: SLP180 and SLP183, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits

SLP194 Lang/Cltr/Soc:Cross Cltrl Comm
Introduces topics of communication disorders and language acquisition within the framework of culture, identity, language acquisition, and use. Explores cultural attitudes and beliefs about communication disorders and disabilities, cultural differences, cultural identity and second and bilingual language acquisition. Introduces intervention strategies and factors for working with clients across a variety of settings including children, adolescents, and adults. Prerequisite: SLP180 and SLP183, both with a grade of C or better; or consent of instructor. Offered as needed
3 Credits