Ithaca College

Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Speech Language Pathology and Audiology Courses

All courses require permission of the instructor.

SLPG 55400 Neurological Processes and Communication Disorders
Covers basic structure and function of the nervous systems as it relates to neurogenic disorders of communication. 3 credits.

SLPG 59300 Speech Science
Provides the advanced undergraduate major and the beginning graduate student in speech-language pathology with the fundamental principles of speech science. Readings, lectures, and discussions focus on the acoustics, physiology, and aerodynamics of speech production and perception. Students are introduced to appropriate laboratory equipment for measurement of speech production and perception. Emphasis also is on how the speech pathologist can apply this information to the diagnosis and treatment of communication disorders. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 3 credits.

SLPG 60000 Differential Diagnosis in Audiology
Explores the theoretical and diagnostic implications of the audiological evaluation as it pertains to the clinical speech-language pathologist; includes discussion of pure tone audiometry, speech audiometry, immittance testing, and auditory processing. 3 credits.

SLPG 60400 Seminar: Pediatric Audiology
An in-depth study of the special audiological assessment and habilitative management considerations for the hearing-impaired preschool child. 3 credits.

SLPG 60900 Seminar: Aural Rehabilitation
Current knowledge from the areas of speech perception and production, language development, amplification, environmental acoustics, and counseling as applied to the educational-rehabilitative process for hearing-impaired adults and school-aged children. 3 credits.

SLPG 61000 Early Intervention for Children with Communication Disorders
Information is provided about development of normal and disordered communication in children from birth to 3 years of age. Course material includes information about important legislation, service delivery models, risk factors, assessment, intervention, needs of families, and specific populations of special needs children. Information for providing early intervention services is provided from related disciplines such as occupational therapy and physical therapy. 2 credits.

SLPG 62000 Speech-Language Pathology in Educational Settings
This course prepares graduate students to implement a therapeutic program consistent with state and federal guidelines in educational environments. Topics covered include the legislative foundations of school-based practice, the nature of the caseload, development of curriculum-based individual education plans (IEPs), and the roles and responsibilities of school-based speech-language pathologists. This course is a prerequisite for SLPG 69800. 3 credits.

SLPG 64700 Fluency Development and Disorders
A comprehensive study of the nature and development of fluency and fluency disorders. Topics include but are not limited to (1) models of fluency description and measurement, (2) development of normal speech fluency, (3) onset and development of fluency disorders, and (4) overview of methods of treatment. Particular emphasis is given to development and treatment of childhood and adult stuttering. 3 credits.

SLPG 64800 Advanced Fluency Disorders
This course is designed for the graduate student with previous graduate course in fluency and fluency disorders. It provides in-depth investigation and discussion of selected topics concerning traditional and contemporary models of fluency disorders that can include, but are not limited to etiologies, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Prerequisite: SLPG 64700. 2 credits.

SLPG 64900 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Introduction to augmentative communication with discussion of its impact on individuals who are severely speech and language impaired. Students are familiarized with augmentative communication techniques and strategies. Assessment and intervention options are covered. Students have an opportunity for hands-on experience with a variety of augmentative communication devices and other adaptive equipment. 3 credits.

SLPG 65100 Adult Aphasia and Related Disorders
Prepares students to identify, differentiate, and contrast the phenomenology, symptomatology, and diagnostic and therapeutic processes of adult aphasia and related disorders. 3 credits.

SLPG 65200 Language Disorders in Children Ages 3 to 21
Information is provided about development of normal and disordered communication in children from 3 to 21 years of age. Includes material regarding important theories, legislation, service delivery models, assessment, remediation, literacy, and specific populations of special needs children. 3 credits.

SLPG 65300 Voice and Related Disorders
A study of normal and disordered phonatory processes with attention to the evaluation and remediation of specific voice problems, including laryngectomy. 3 credits.

SLPG 65500 Seminar in Speech Pathology: Selected Topics
1-6 credits.

SLPG 65600 Dysphagia
Explores the nature, etiology, and physiology of normal and abnormal patterns of swallowing across the age span. Instrumental techniques for the study of swallowing and procedures for clinical swallowing evaluations are presented. Dysphagia treatment and clinical decision making is emphasized. 3 credits.

SLPG 65700 Assessment and Measurement
Objectives are to help the student understand basic statistical concepts related to test development and interpretation, and research design. Focus will be on the scientific method as a problem-solving process, developing experimental procedures for answering research questions, learning to establish and test hypotheses, and summarizing and interpreting data. Prerequisite: Graduate status. 4 credits.

SLPG 65800 Advanced Topics in Language Disorders
Prepares students to identify recent theories, concepts, and experimental techniques that can be used in developing innovative approaches for diagnosis and treatment of language difficulties in children. Prerequisite: SLPG 65200. 3 credits.

SLPG 65900 Clinical Phonology
An overview of the fundamental linguistic rules governing the sound system of spoken language, including speech sounds, speech sound production, and the combination of speech sounds in meaningful utterances. Normal and disordered phonological development, cultural-linguistic variations, emerging literacy, and etiological factors will be addressed. Phonological assessment and treatment will be emphasized in contrast to traditional methods for clinically managing disorders of speech production. 3 credits.

SLPG 66100 Clinical Practicum I
This is the initial graduate clinical practicum experience supervised by an Ithaca College faculty member at the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic or at an off-campus program. The experience emphasizes planning, conducting therapy programs, taking case histories, conferring with parents, writing reports, and making recommendations. A weekly class meeting is held to help orient the student to managerial and organizational procedures and professional issues, including scope of practice, code of ethics, and licensure and certification requirements. Prerequisite: 25 hours of clinical observation. 2 credits.

SLPG 66200 Clinical Practicum II
Graduate students may be assigned to the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic and/or off-campus sites. Students perform in-depth diagnostic evaluations and/or provide therapy for individuals with speech-language disorders. Site and client assignments are determined by each student’s clock-hour needs and ASHA minimum requirements. Workshops and meetings are held on selected topics, including legislative mandates and health care documentation. Prerequisite: SLPG 66100. 2 credits.

SLPG 66300 Clinical Practicum III
Graduate students may be assigned to the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic and/or off-campus sites. Site and client assignments are determined by each student’s clock-hour needs, ASHA minimum requirements, and to ensure experience across the scope of practice. Prerequisite: SLPG 66200. 2 credits.

SLPG 66400 Clinical Practicum IV
Graduate students may be assigned to the Sir Alexander Ewing-Ithaca College Speech and Hearing Clinic and/or off-campus sites. Site and client assignments are determined by each student’s clock-hour needs, ASHA minimum requirements, and to ensure experience across the scope of practice. Prerequisite: SLPG 66300. 1 credit.

SLPG 66500 Professional Externship in Speech-Language Pathology
Final clinical experience in speech-language pathology. A full-time, off-campus clinical placement of 8-10 weeks’ duration designed to cap a student’s graduate education. Specific duties and responsibilities vary with the placement site. Site assignments are made in accordance with the student’s interest and needs. Prerequisites: SLPG 65600, SLPG 66300, and faculty approval. 4 credits for eight weeks; 5 credits for 10 weeks. May be repeated.

SLPG 66600 Supplementary Clinical Affiliation
An elective clinical affiliation designed for students who have not acquired the total number of supervised clinical clock-hours required by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and wish to do so under the aegis of Ithaca College. This practicum is completed after the student has been awarded the master of science degree. Site assignments are made in accordance with the student’s interests and needs. 1 credit.

SLPG 67000/SLPG 67100 Individual Studies
Directed individual investigation in special areas not fully covered by regular coursework. Initial application should include outline and bibliography. A copy of the paper is to be filed with the department. Requires approval of the full-time professor in charge and the department chair. 1-3 credits.

SLPG 67200/SLPG 67300 Independent Reading
A course of reading arranged between the department chair and student. 1-3 credits.

SLPG 67400/SLPG 67500 Independent Research
Student research under the direction of one or more faculty supervisors. By permission of the department chair. 1-3 credits per semester.

SLPG 68000 Thesis or Research Paper
The thesis or research paper, optional for the master of science degree, is supervised by a major adviser and a thesis committee. Members of the thesis committee may be professors from other institutions. Following acceptance of the thesis by the committee, an external examiner is appointed by the graduate committee. May be repeated up to a total of 8 credits. 2-8 credits.

SLPG 69800 Professional Experience in Education
An eight-week block of supervised student teaching open only to graduate students who have met all other requirements for initial certification by the New York State Education Department. This course is designed to acquaint the student with practice in an approved educational environment and is supplemented by seminars on selected topics. Prerequisites: SLPG 62000. May be repeated. 4-5 credits.