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COC 610: Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology

Course Description General principles of clinical observation, assessment, and formulation of measurable treatment goals, report writing, documentation, and service delivery in various facilities, including educational and medical settings are emphasized. Professional issues and standards related to the discipline of Speech-Language Pathology, including scope of practice, ethics, and cultural and linguistic diversity are included.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 611: Diagnosis, Measurement and Evaluation

Course Description Selecting, evaluating, administering, and interpreting norm and criterion referenced procedures to determine the presence and extent of a communication disorder across the lifespan are addressed and accompanied by hands-on experience. Emphasis is placed on the impact of communication disorders on the school-age child in terms of academic advancement, IEP development, goals, progress reports, and professional interaction as part of a Committee on Special Education.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 612: Articulation and Phonology

Course Description Typically developing phonology and speech sound acquisition are presented in contrast to atypical development and articulation related to communication disorders.Articulation disorders which are influenced by languages other than standard English are differentiated from phonological disorders. Assessment and treatment procedures for the child and adult are addressed. The impact of phonology on later reading and other classroom issues are discussed.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 615: Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Speech (formerly "Advanced Anatomy and Physiology")

Course Description Topics focus on basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology involved in sensory, motor and cognitive functions underlying respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance, hearing, and language. Structures and functions related to prenatal and acquired communication disorders are explored.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 621.1: Seminar Clinic (Internship)

Course Description This seminar is the student's initial clinical treatment experience within the program. Standard operating procedures of the clinical experience are introduced, including planning and providing therapy sessions, completing required reports, and maintaining records. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge regarding disorders of speech, language, voice, and/or fluency to the treatment of individuals who manifest them. The students are expected to be able to identify appropriate goals, set up lesson plans that include S.M.A.R.T. goals, utilize IEPs and write progress reports. Supervision is provided by licensed, ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologists on staff. Direct treatment hours are recorded by the student and applied to ASHA clock-hour requirements with the approval of the clinical supervisor.
Prerequisites None
Credits 2



COC 621.2: Seminar Diagnosis (Internship)

Course Description This seminar accompanies the student's initial clinical assessment experience for ASHA clock-hour requirements within the program. Standard operating procedures for diagnostic evaluations are introduced. The student has the opportunity to select, administer, and adapt appropriate evaluation procedures through the application, analysis, and synthesis of psychometric principles. The student interprets and integrates all information to develop differential diagnoses, makes appropriate recommendations for intervention, and completes administrative and reporting functions necessary to support the evaluation. Supervision and advisement are provided by licensed, ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologists.
Prerequisites None
Credits 2



COC 621.3: Seminar Externship I

Course Description This seminar accompanies the initial externship placement. Direct service hours for ASHA clock requirements are supervised by licensed, ASHA-certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Within the context of hands-on clinical activities at the practicum sites, the student discerns and applies evidence of the effectiveness of methods and materials selected for the evaluation and treatment of individuals with communication impairments. Students conduct treatment sessions with measurable (IEP) objectives and goals and response to intervention within a stated period of time. The seminar provides students the opportunity to discuss ethical issues, share case studies, exchange protocols, and identify and solve problems that arise in the effective treatment of clients.
Prerequisites None
Credits 2



COC 621.4: Seminar in Audiology

Course Description This seminar accompanies hands-on experience in the administration and interpretation of audiological procedures that fall within the scope of practice of speech-language pathologists. Technologies and techniques used within school settings and part of the child's IEP are presented.
Prerequisites COC 640
Credits 1



COC 621.5: Seminar Externship II

Course Description These seminars accompany the second and third (if needed) externship placements, respectively. Direct service hours for ASHA clock requirements are supervised by licensed, ASHA- certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Within the context of hands-on clinical activities at the practicum sites, students demonstrate advanced knowledge of methods and materials selected for the evaluation and treatment of individuals with communication impairments. Students conduct treatment sessions with measurable (IEP) objectives and goals and response to intervention within a stated period of time. The seminar provides students the opportunity to participate in patient-care grand rounds, discuss alternate treatment protocols, and identify current evidence-based practices in the effective treatment of clients based on literature review.
Prerequisites None
Credits 2



COC 621.6: Seminar Externship III

Course Description These seminars accompany the second and third (if needed) externship placements, respectively. Direct service hours for ASHA clock requirements are supervised by licensed, ASHA- certified Speech-Language Pathologists. Within the context of hands-on clinical activities at the practicum sites, students demonstrate advanced knowledge of methods and materials selected for the evaluation and treatment of individuals with communication impairments. Students conduct treatment sessions with measurable (IEP) objectives and goals and response to intervention within a stated period of time. The seminar provides students the opportunity to participate in patient-care grand rounds, discuss alternate treatment protocols, and identify current evidence-based practices in the effective treatment of clients based on literature review.
Prerequisites None
Credits 2



COC 621.7: Seminar Research

Course Description This seminar provides mentoring for students during the final stages of their research requirement.
Prerequisites COC 627
Credits 1



COC 627: Foundations of Research

Course Description Systematic and controlled observations of measurable behaviors pertinent to clinical, experimental, and applied research in the areas of typical and atypical human communication are the skills taught in this course and referenced in terms of the choices of data to be collected, evaluated, and interpreted. Students design and execute projects consistent with the principles of ethical research and carried out through the Institutional Review Board of the college.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 630: Language Disorders in Pre-School and School-Age Children

Course Description Students are guided through an in-depth comparison of typically developing language to disorders of language affecting listening, speaking and emergent literacy. Students apply the principles of language assessment and demonstrate evidence-based treatment plans designed to facilitate changes in language performance, particularly in relationship to the preschool and school-age child. Response to intervention as it applies to children within the school system is included as are classroom issues for the child with communicative impairment.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611
Credits 3



COC 632: Language Disorders and Learning Disabilities

Course Description The contributions of neuropsychology, learning theory, discourse analysis, and cognitive-perceptual development to the investigation of language ability/ disability and learning disabilities are explored. Intervention strategies for those with spoken and print language disorders, pertinent to the speech-language pathologist's role in supporting language learning and learning language to acquire academic knowledge, are presented.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 615, COC 630
Credits 3



COC 633: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Course Description The array of definitions, etiologies, assessment, and treatment protocols pertinent to the study of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders are presented. Emphasis is placed on the evidence supporting better outcomes for early in life diagnoses and treatment in the home and school settings. Consideration is also given to assessment and treatment within different milieus across the lifespan.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 630
Credits 3



COC 637: Disorders of Fluency

Course Description Theories regarding the etiologies of dysfluencies, manifestations and sequelae are discussed and contrasted with typically occurring fluency disruptions of preschoolers and adults. Remediation and counseling techniques pertinent to types of dysfluencies, applicable ages, and settings such as home and school and designed to promote carry-over are emphasized.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611
Credits 3



COC 640: Advanced Audiology

Course Description The relationship of hearing loss to speech and language development and classroom performance are delineated in conjunction with a review of the test batteries that provide evidence of auditory impairment.
Prerequisites COC 615
Credits 3



COC 645: Aphasia

Course Description Assessment and rehabilitation protocols used with individuals who have acquired language disorders are the focus of this course. Evaluation and treatment are discussed within the context of the sites of central nervous system lesions that are correlated with the observed communication deficits.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 615
Credits 3



COC 650: Voice

Course Description This course addresses assessment and treatment protocols used in the speech-language pathologist's scope of practice as they relate to a variety of etiologies of medically diagnosed voice disorders. Instrumental and non-instrumental assessment and treatment of the parameters of respiration, phonation and resonance are included. Vocal hygiene techniques in the home and school settings are noted with regard to school-age children.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 615
Credits 3



COC 651: Dysphagia

Course Description The mechanics of normal deglutition and the etiology, diagnosis, assessment and (re)habilitation of common disorders of swallowing across the lifespan are the foci of this course. Instrumentation for the assessment and rehabilitation of swallowing is also included.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 615
Credits 3



COC 710: Speech of the Hearing-Impaired

Course Description Prevention of the potential and deleterious effect of hearing impairment on auditory/oral communication is the focus of this elective course. Assessment and intervention issues are explored as they impact the individual over the lifespan. Techniques, personnel, and technologies to assist the individual to communicate in the home, school and workplace are addressed. The role of cochlear implants in providing individuals, particularly children, with access to acoustic signals and the family centered focus of early intervention are emphasized.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 640.
Credits 3



COC 712: Neurogenic and Motor Speech Disorders

Course Description Motor speech impairments related to central and peripheral neural lesions along with the assessment and treatment of concomitant speech and language disorders are the topics of this elective course.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 615
Credits 3



COC 715: Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies

Course Description This elective course includes the nature, etiology, basic embryology, assessment, and management of potential communication and resonance disorders experienced by person with craniofacial anomalies across the lifespan. Specific genetic disorders and their social and psychological implications for the school-age child are discussed.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 615.
Credits 3



COC 725: Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Disorders

Course Description The etiology and classification of perinatal cerebral anomalies are reviewed. The evaluation and treatment of speech, language and hearing problems are the emphasized topics of this elective course. Concomitant neuromuscular deficits that may require classroom modification, augmentative and alternative approaches to communication are referenced.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 615, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 728.2: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Auditory Processing Disorders

(Upon Request)
Course Description This elective course investigates etiologies, manifestations, and characteristics of central auditory processing disorders with an emphasis on the differential diagnosis and appropriate intervention of auditory versus linguistically based disorders as may impact on language intervention and academic learning.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 615, COC 630, COC 640
Credits 3



COC 728.3: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Multicultural and Bilingual Populations

Course Description Topics in this elective include norm- and criterion referenced tools for assessing and differentiating between language impairment and language difference particularly in pre-school and school aged children. Methods and materials for intervention for individuals who are bilingual or have limited English proficiency are included as are bilingual language development, teaching literacy, family/caregiver education, and cultural sensitivity in relation to one's native language/ culture. Foundations, history and practice of bilingualism, including legislation and educational program models are addressed.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 630.
Credits 3



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Prerequisites None
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COC 728.4: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Language and Literacy

Course Description This elective course presents an overview of the development of linguistic sub-skills, and the motor and visual-spatial processes involved in reading and writing along with frequently encountered anomalies in this process that challenge the individual's ability to advance academically.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 615, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 728.5: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Geriatrics (Normal and Abnormal Aging)

Course Description The typical effects of aging are compared with the manifestations of atypical aging on communication, cognition, and memory are topics presented in this elective course along with strategies that the speech-language pathologist can employ to help the client compensate for or ameliorate negative manifestations.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 615, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 728.6: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Language Sampling Analysis

Course Description Normal and abnormal language samples derived from Internet databases are analyzed and compared for various phonological and linguistic elements.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 728.7: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Language and Cognitive Rehabilitation in ID, TBI, AIDS and Dementia

(Upon Request)
Course Description This elective course explores the etiology, prevention, assessment, and remediation of cognitive and communication disorders in children and adults diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, AIDS, dementia and mental retardation. Models of service delivery, team collaboration and working with families are included.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 615, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 728.9: Seminar on Topics in Language Disorders: Memory and Cognition as Factors in Language Acquisition (Psycholinguistics)

Course Description The interactions of attention, perception, and memory as they impact cognition and language acquisition are the foci of this elective. Controversies in the fields of psycholinguistics and cognitive sciences are discussed.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 615, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 729: Language Intervention Across the Life Span

Course Description This elective, seminar-style course provides emerging trends in the assessment and treatment of language disorders as evidenced in research focusing on models of disordered language including clinician-directed, child-centered, and collaborative approaches.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 730: Speech Pathologist in the Public School

Course Description This elective provides an overview of practicing speech-language pathology within the context of public education. Among the highlights are the legislative foundations of special education and eligibility for related service, the development of the IEP, service delivery options, and response to intervention.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 630, COC 640.
Credits 3



COC 731: Cluttering

Course Description The theoretical and clinical competencies necessary to address the needs of individuals with cluttering. This course introduces students to major theories about the neural and environmental bases of cluttering, and the definitions, development, etiology, and prevalence of cluttering. This theoretical foundation is supplemented with clinical practice for evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of the multifaceted symptoms of cluttering both in the clinical and educational (school-based) setting. Differentiating cluttering from other communication disorders, such as stuttering, language learning and articulatory disorders, autism, ADHD, and apraxia, is highlighted. Students learn a variety of assessment and treatment approaches for clients of all ages, including those who manifest concomitant disorders.
Prerequisites None
Credits 3



COC 732: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Course Description The basis of AAC operation is the focus of this elective and includes the types of devices, their setup, programming and demonstration. Methods of evaluating the suitability of AAC devices for individuals with disabilities within school and work settings are noted along with switch technology, positioning, and different modalities. Field trips to Assistive Technology Centers are included.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 630.
Credits 3



COC 733: Early Intervention (formerly COC 635)

Course Description The etiology and assessment of communication and feeding disorders of the infant and toddler are explored in this elective course. Language development and language / feeding intervention techniques consistent with a family centered plan of care and transition to the committee for pre-school educational services are examined.
Prerequisites COC 610, COC 611, COC 612, COC 630.
Credits 3