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Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Required & Elective Courses


Required Coursework

CMD 493 Cultural and Linguistics 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. (Lecture 3)

CMD 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. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 272, 273, 274, 375, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

CMD 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. (Lecture 1-3) Offered once per year.

CMD 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. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 272, 273, 274, 375, graduate standing, or permission of instructor.

CMD 561 Phonological Disorders (3)
Assessment, design, and implementation of therapeutic management programs for various speech production disorders at the articulatory and phonological levels. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 272, 273, 274, 375, or equivalent, or permission of instructor.

CMD 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. (Lecture 3, Lab 2) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 565 Pre-practicum in Speech-Language Pathology (1)
Case study methodology to facilitate studentsí transition from coursework to clinic. Solve open-ended real world problems. Apply course knowledge to analyze issues and formulate workable solutions. (Lecture 1) Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CMD 569 Tests and Measurement in Speech 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. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: 272, 273, 274, 375, 465 or equivalent; graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 570 Clinical Practicum in Communicative Disorders (1-3)
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) Prerequisite: graduate standing, 25 observation hours, and appropriate course work.

CMD 581 Dysphagia (3)
Basic introduction to the knowledge and skills needed by speech-language pathologists providing clinical services to dysphagic patients in medical settings. (Lecture 1) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 582 Motor Speech Disorders (3)
Neurosystem pathologies and mechanisms affecting speech. Prepares students to diagnose, assess, and treat adults with acquired motor speech disorders. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 583 Acquired Cognitive-Communication Disorders (3)
Study of cognitively based communication deficits including attention, memory and executive functions. Patterns of practice and rehabilitative methods for brain injured adults and adolescents. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CMD 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. (Lecture 4) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 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. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 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. (Lecture 3) Prerequisite: graduate standing and/or permission of instructor.


Elective Courses

CMD 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.

CMD 494 Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (1-3)
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.(Lecture 3) Prerequisite: senior standing, CMD 375 or permission of instructor.

CMD 563 Language Disorders in Infants and Toddlers (3)
The Speech-Language Pathologistís role and responsibilities in the diagnosis and treatment of infants and toddlers (0-3) either at risk for exhibiting bona fide communication delays or disorders; family-centered approaches to intervention; offered every other spring semester. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 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) Prerequisite: graduate standing. S/U only.

CMD 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. (Lecture 2) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor.

CMD 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. (Lecture 1) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

CMD 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) Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. In alternate years.

CMD 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) Prerequisite: graduate standing.

CMD 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.

NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Amber D. Franklin, Assistant Professor at Miami University (Ohio), will be giving a talk titled, "Pronunciation Proficiency in Adult English Language Learners: What do we measure and how do we measure it?" on Thursday, October 23rd from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in CBLS 100. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Attendance is mandatory for graduate students in CMD.

 

Welcome to new and returning students

 

2014 NSSLHA meeting announced

 

Congratulations are in order

 

Leslie Mahler featured as one of URI's Big Thinkers

 

 

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