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Communicative Disorders (CMD)

Chairperson: Professor Kovarsky

160 Introduction to Communicative Disorders (3)

Survey of speech, language, and hearing disorders. Discussion includes etiology, symptomatology, and the profession of SLP and audiology. (Lec. 3)

175 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)

272 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.

273 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.

274 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.

276 Introduction to Speech Science (3)

Physical properties of the speech signal, analysis of the physical bases of speech production, instrumentation used to assess speech output, theories of speech perception. (Lec. 3) Pre: 272 and 273.

278 Introduction to Hearing Science (3)

Overview of the measurement of sound, acoustic properties of the sound wave, and perception of sound by human beings. Psychophysical methods of sound perception, psychoacoustics, use of instrumentation to measure sounds. Anatomy and physiology of the normal auditory mechanism. (Lec. 3) Pre: 276.

361 Introduction to Audiology (3)

Pathologies of the hearing mechanism, methods of audiological assessment, interpretation of the audiogram, recommendations based on diagnostic audiology results. Methods of middle ear and retrocochlear assessment. Training in the administration of basic audiological evaluations. (Lec. 3) Pre: 278 and 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.

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 Physical Therapy 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: 160, and three of the following—372, 373, 374, 375, 376—and senior or graduate standing with 551 as prerequisite for graduate standing.

460 Speech and Language Disorders (3)

Survey of developmental and acquired speech and language disorders. Discussion includes etiology, symptomatology, and assessment. (Lec. 3) Pre: 160 and 272 and 273 and 274 and 276 and 375 and 377; or permission of instructor.

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: 160, 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)

494 Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (3)

Current perspectives on diagnosis, etiology, and core challenges in social communication and emotional regulation for children with autism and PDD. Role of speech-language pathologists within a comprehensive intervention framework. (Lec. 3) Pre: senior standing or 375 or permission of instructor.

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.

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.

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.

556 Hearing Aids (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.

565 Pre-Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1)

Case study methodology to facilitate students’ transition from coursework to clinic. Solve open-ended real world problems. Apply course knowledge to analyze issues and formulate workable solutions. (Seminar) Pre: graduate standing. S/U

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.

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 and a neuroanatomy course or concurrent registration in 377.

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.

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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