Communicative Disorders (CMD)
Chairperson: Professor Singer
260 Introduction to Speech and Language Disorders (3)
Introduction to speech and language disorders in children and adults; overview of symptomatology, assessment, and treatment; study of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology. For students in communicative disorders, education, psychology, and other health-related fields. (Lec. 3)
261 Survey of Hearing and Deafness (3)
Introduction to the science of audiology. Pathologies of the hearing mechanism, basic methods of audiometry, interpretation of the audiogram, hearing aids, and rationale and methods in hearing conservation programs. (Lec. 3)
275 Gestural Communication (3)
Visual language systems with emphasis on the chirology and syntax of Ameslan, and levels of language among deaf communicators; finger spelling and sign language for educational, rehabilitative, and artistic goals studied. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior or graduate standing.
372 Auditory and Speech Mechanisms (3)
Structure and function of the organs of hearing and speech as they relate to normal and pathological communication; theories of cortical involvements, central and peripheral nervous systems relevant to rehabilitation procedures. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.
373 Phonetics (3)
International Phonetic Alphabet; analysis of phonetic and phonemic elements in major American English dialects; practice in transcription of standard and defective speech. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.
374 Communication Processes (3)
Psychological and cognitive processes basic to language and communication; models of language processing; explorations into biological and social bases. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.
375 Language Development (3)
Development phenomena in speech and language; causal factors of delayed speech and language; survey of evaluative and habilitative programs for children with deviant language development. (Lec. 3) Pre: junior standing.
376 Hearing and Speech Science (3)
Physical properties and speech signal, analysis of the physical bases of speech production and speech perception. (Lec. 3) Pre: 373.
377 Functional Neuroanatomy (3)
Examination of the brain and spinal cord, emphasizing connection and functions of the neural system. This course is designed for communicative disorders majors. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372 and junior standing.
440 Advanced Head and Neck Anatomy
See Dental Hygiene 440.
454 Rehabilitative Audiology (3)
Theoretical and methodological approaches to aural rehabilitation of the adult with impaired hearing. Topics include use of amplification, speechreading, assistive listening devices, auditory training, and case management. (Lec. 3) Pre: 260, 261, and three of the following—372, 373, 374, 375, 376—and senior or graduate standing with 551 as prerequisite for graduate standing.
465 Clinical Methods in Communicative Disorders (4)
Observation of diagnosis and treatment of communicative disorders; developing interviewing, report writing, and counseling techniques; introduction to diagnostic procedures; establishing therapeutic goals, treatment, and remediation of various disorders. (Lec. 4) Senior or graduate standing only. Pre: 260, 261, and three of the following—372, 373, 374, 375, 376. Not for graduate credit in communicative disorders.
491, 492 Special Problems (1-3 each)
Selected areas of study pertinent to communicative disorders. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Independent Study) 491: S/U credit.
493 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Communicative Disorders (3)
Application of concepts and information from the study of cultural and linguistic diversity to issues involving communicative incompetence and disorder. (Lec. 3)
504 Research in Communicative Disorders (3)
Types of research in speech pathology, audiology, and communication science; critiques of representative models with special emphasis on experimental research; individual pilot projects or master’s thesis. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.
505 Issues in Audiology Private Practice (3)
Issues fundamental to the development of private practice in audiology, including ethical, demographic, and financial issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: permission of instructor. Offered spring.
550 Audiology for Speech-Language Pathologists A,B,C (1-3)
Introduction to audiology for the speech-language pathology graduate student. Hearing disorders, hearing assessment, child and adult aural rehabilitation. Modular format with variable credits. (Lec.1-3) Offered once per year.
551 Measurement of Hearing I (4)
Diagnostic protocols for routine audiologic assessment including pure tone, speech, and immittance procedures. Discussion of etiology and symptomatology of hearing disorders. (Lec. 4) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, and 376; graduate standing or permission of instructor.
552 Measurement of Hearing II (4)
Behavioral assessment of peripheral and central auditory function, including speech recognition, immittance, site-of-lesion, otoscopy, speechreading, and pseudohypacusis testing. (Lec. 4) Pre: 551 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
553 Pediatric Audiology (3)
Theoretical and methodological approaches to the identification and management of children with auditory disorders. Topics discussed include auditory development, audiometric evaluation, and hearing aids. (Lec. 3) Pre: 551 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
554 Advanced Rehabilitative Processes for Hearing Impaired (3)
Advanced techniques and technology in aural rehabilitation including family-based management, multidiscipline approaches, and complex assistive devices. (Lec. 3) Pre: 454 and 551. Offered spring.
555 Hearing Aids I (3)
Introduction to wearable hearing aids. Topics include basic electronics, speech acoustics, types of hearing aids and their appropriateness, electroacoustics and psychoacoustics, and an overview of electroacoustic selection. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, and 376; graduate standing or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
556 Hearing Aids II (3)
Application of technological and behavioral strategies in fitting hearing aids, including aid selection and delivery, counseling, assessment of wearer performance, marketing, and legal issues. (Lec. 3) Pre: 555. In alternate years.
557 Electrophysiological Measures in Audiology (4)
Basic electrophysiological assessment procedures and instrumentation. Otoacoustic emissions, electrocochleography, auditory brainstem response, and middle, late, and steady-state auditory evoked potentials. (Lec. 4) Pre: 551 or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
560 Voice Disorders (3)
Etiology and symptomatology of vocal pathology; intervention strategies for organic and functional voice disorders; emphasis on rehabilitation team approach to voice-resonance problems associated with cleft palate. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.
561 Phonological Disorders (3)
Assessment, design, and implementation of therapeutic management programs for various speech production disorders at the articulatory and phonological levels. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
562 Speech-Language Pathology for Audiologists A,B,C (1-3)
Speech-language pathology for audiology students. Language disorders in children, speech sound disorders, speech/language change and disorders in adults. Modular format with variable credits (Lec. 1-3) Offered alternate years in the spring semester.
563 Language Disorders in Infants and Toddlers (3)
The speech-language pathologist’s role and responsibilities in the diagnosis and treatment of infants and toddlers (0-3) either at risk for or exhibiting bona fide communication delays or disorders; family-centered approaches to intervention. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing, completion of 375 (language development) or equivalent or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years in the spring semester.
564 Language Disorders in School-Aged Children (3)
Study of communication deficits in learning-disabled school-aged children; differential diagnoses; assessment of cognitive functioning; language processing and discourse; and therapeutic strategies for training abstract and functional language. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
569 Test and Measurement in Speech-Language Pathology (3)
Procedures for evaluation and diagnosis in speech-language pathology. Psychometric considerations in testing. Implications of evaluation information for differential diagnosis, prognosis, referrals, and therapeutic programs. Multicultural considerations in the diagnostic process. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, 465 or equivalent; graduate standing or permission of instructor.
570 Clinical Practicum in Communicative Disorders (1-5)
Supervised assessment and rehabilitation procedures with persons experiencing communicative disorders in speech-language pathology and/or audiology. Practicum sites scheduled on campus and within hospital, school, institutional, and private settings. (Practicum) Pre: graduate standing, 25 observation hours, and appropriate course work.
571 Medical Speech-Language Pathology (1)
Prepares students to work as speech-language pathologists in medical settings. Focus on scope of practice, ethics, and the coordination, prioritizing, and delivery of clinical services in an interdisciplinary environment. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing. S/U only.
572 Pathologies of the Auditory System (3)
Diagnostic implications of audiometry for various organic disorders; supportive audiological information relevant to medical and surgical interventions; differential data associated with otosclerosis, Meniere’s disease, VIIIth cranial nerve tumors, and malingering. (Lec. 3) Pre: 372, 373, 374, 375, graduate standing, or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
574 Hearing Conservation (2)
The auditory and nonauditory effects of noise on human beings. Hearing conservation plan development and monitoring as well as legal issues will be reviewed. (Lec. 2) Pre: permission of instructor. Offered spring.
575 Management of Deaf and Special Populations (3)
Identification of needs related to health, communication, and quality of life in deaf and special populations. Management strategies and the audiologist’s role will be described. (Lec. 3) Pre: 454 and 551. Offered spring.
576 Cochlear Implants (2)
Concepts and issues related to cochlear implantation as a remediation for deafness in adults and children. Hardware, programming, rehabilitative, and surgical issues will be addressed. (Lec. 2) Pre: graduate standing in audiology or permission of instructor. Offered fall every third year.
577 Vestibular Rehabilitation and Tinnitus Management (2)
Management of the vertiginous patient to reduce symptoms and restore function. Tinnitus assessment and therapeutic strategies are reviewed. (Lec. 2) Pre: 454, 551, and 572. Offered spring.
580 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (2)
Review of unaided (manual) approches to communication. Discussion of aided methods using communication boards or other mechanical electronic devices. (Lec. 2) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
581 Dysphagia (3)
Basic introduction to the knowledge and skills needed by speech-language pathologists providing clinical services to dysphagic patients in medical settings. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
582 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
Neurosystem pathologies and mechanisms affecting speech. Prepares students to diagnose, assess, and treat adults with acquired motor speech disorders. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
583 Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders (3)
Study of acquired cognitive problems resulting from neurological disorders and diseases; differential diagnoses; assessment of the domains of cognition; and therapeutic strategies for cognitive rehabilitation. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing.
584 Language Disorders in Developmentally Young Children (3)
Study of communication deficits in developmentally young and multi-handicapped children; types of language problems; differential diagnoses; assessment of conceptual requisites and concrete language skills; and interactive therapeutic strategies. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
585 Language Disorders in Adults (3)
Provides basic information on the characteristics, assessment, and treatment of adults with acquired language disorders secondary to stroke, head injury, and progressive neurological diseases. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor.
592 Disorders of Fluency (3)
Study of nature and causes of stuttering; analyses of current theories and research concerning stuttering and cluttering; development of a rationale for diagnosis, case selection, and intervention. (Lec. 3) Pre: graduate standing and/or permission of instructor.
593 Multicultural Issues in Communicative Disorders (1)
Exposure to state-of-the art clinical practices with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Attention paid to developing “cultural sensitivity” and an awareness of the cultural and bilingual influences on assessment and intervention decisions. (Lec. 1)
594 Counseling in Communicative Disorders (1)
Considerations in counseling in speech-language pathology and audiology. Multiple factors influencing communication between client/family and professionals. Study of clinical skills in counseling. Ethical and professional issues. (Lec. 1) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
595 Instrumentation and Computer Use in Communicative Disorders (1)
Topics in applied instrumentation and computer use for students in speech-language pathology and audiology. Practical experience in calibration of instruments and the use of current professional software. (Lab. 2) Pre: graduate standing or permission of instructor. In alternate years.
598 Special Problems (1-6)
Selected areas of study pertinent to communicative disorders. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing.
599 Master’s Thesis Research
Number of credits is determined each semester in consultation with the major professor or program committee. (Independent Study) S/U credit.
658 Advanced Electrophysiological Assessment of Hearing (4)
Study of the most current research regarding electrophysiological assessment of hearing. Detailed consideration of such issues as stimulus variables, age, sex, sleep state, etc. Consideration of the neurophysiology underlying the measured electrical potentials. Must be taken concurrently with 659. (Lec. 4) Pre: graduate standing in audiology or permission of instructor. Offered fall every third year.
670 Audiology Residency (6)
Full-time equivalent off-campus clinical residency in audiology. Direct clinical experience with on-site supervision plus oversight by URI faculty. Placements may vary and combine more than one site. (Externship) May be repeated for a total of 12 credits. Pre: graduate standing in audiology and completion of 570.
691 Independent Study in Audiology (1-3)
Selected areas of study pertinent to audiology. Instruction may be offered in class seminar or tutorial environments according to specific needs and purposes. (Independent Study) Pre: graduate standing in audiology.
698 Capstone Project in Audiology (3)
This registration purposes to tie together classroom and clinical experiences. Discussions will be based on externship experiences. A major paper on one clinical problem chosen by the student will be presented to students and faculty in audiology. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing in audiology.
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