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Goals and Objectives

  1. Provide in-depth knowledge of communication disorders across the lifespan.
    • Students will be able to describe the functional and communication impairments as well as those associated with anatomical, physiological, and neurological anomalies and syndromes.
    • Students will obtain knowledge of a variety of communicative impairments, associated risk factors, and treatment options.
  2. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Students will be able to apply knowledge of research literature to evaluate and to treat individuals with communication impairments.
    • Students will be able to differentially evaluate individuals with communication disorders.
    • Students will be able to analyze their own clinical skills accurately, respond appropriately to constructive criticism from others, and develop strategies for improvement.
  3. Enhance written and oral communication skills and information literacy.
    • Students will be able to compose accurate evaluation reports that reflect the nature of the individual's communication disorder.
    • Students will be able to formulate written treatment plans with objectives and goals that, when implemented, are likely to result in a change in communication behaviors.
    • Students will be able to develop appropriate IEPs and collaborate with the interdisciplinary teams within the school settings.
    • Students will be able todescribe the research literature relevant to specific communication disorders.
    • Students will be able to design and execute research under the direction of faculty.
  4. Provide the theoretical and applied expertise to select, use, and analyze the methodologies available to evaluate and treat individuals with communication disorders.
    • Students will be able to collect and interpret background information relevant to the assessment process from available sources.
    • Students will be able to select, administer, and/or adapt standardized and non-standardized measures of communicative abilities to meet individual client needs.
    • Students will be able to determine an individual's need for services, the level of service needed, delete the appropriate intervention model required, and referral services as appropriate.
    • Students will be able to construct a functional, ecologically valid intervention plan that includes specific short and long-term objectives to meet the needs of the "whole client."
    • Students will be able to select and consistently implement appropriate intervention techniques to meet the client'sidentified needs and modify these as needed.
  5. Prepare students for the national Praxis examination in Speech-Language Pathology.
    • Students will be able to identify local, state, and federal regulatory guidelines governing service delivery.
    • Students will be able to select appropriate materials and methods relevant to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with specific communication disorders across the age spectrum.
  6. Prepare students for a career in the profession of Speech-Language Pathology.
    • Students will be able to document and communicate intervention outcomes to supervisors, clients, family members, classroom teacher and other educational personnel, as well as other professionals effectively.
    • Students will be able toestablish and maintain an effective relationship with the client's family, educators, and other professionals to improve services to the client.
    • Students will be able to recognize and respect cultural variations and individual differences in family systems/functions.
  7. Students will be able to provide the concepts and model the behaviors indicative of ethical practice within the profession of Speech-Language Pathology.
    • Students will be able to identify social, ethnic, cultural, and environmental variations that influence speech-language development, use, and test performance.
    • Students will understand and be able to apply the ethical principles outlined in the ASHA Code of Ethics and the N.Y.S. Practice Guidelines, including the HIPAA laws, which ensures complete privacy of information regarding the client.
    • Students will be able to refer the client to other appropriate professionals when needed.