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Communication Disorders

Martin Bldg. Room 34
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4993
Fax: 660-543-8234





Course Descriptions

CD 4102 Counseling Persons with Communication Disorders and Their Families (2) Application of counseling and interviewing theory to individuals with communication disorders. Ample opportunity to apply knowledge will be provided. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or departmental approval.

CD 4103 Evidence Based Practice in Communication Disorders (2) Introduction to the use of current research results to make clinical decisions regarding client care. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or departmental approval.

CD 4401 Language Development (3) Theories and sequence of normal language acquisition.

CD 4402 Language Acquisition in Children with Developmental Disabilities (2) Theories and sequences of language development with emphasis on language acquisition and deficiencies exhibited by children with various developmental disabilities.

CD 4501 Basic Neuroscience for Speech-Language Pathologists (2) An introduction to human nervous system structure and function, with special emphasis on neural processing for normal speech, language, hearing and swallowing. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or with departmental approval.

CD 4504 Introduction to Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3) An introduction to articulation and phonological disorders; diagnostic procedures and treatment approaches; knowledge of multicultural issues related to these disorders. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and a grade of 'C' or better in CD 3503. CD 4504 may be taken concurrently with CD 3503 under exceptional circumstances with departmental approval.

CD 4505 School-age Issues in Language and Literacy (3) Types of language and literacy disorders; formal/informal assessment procedures of language and literacy skills; intervention procedures for the remediation of language and literacy disorders. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology and a grade of 'C' or better in CD 3503. CD 4505 may be taken concurrently with CD 3503 under exceptional circumstances with departmental approval.

CD 4510 Multicultural Issues in Communication Disorders (2) Focused study of various issues important to multiculturalism and diversity when assessing and treating individuals with communication disorders from diverse backgrounds. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or with departmental approval.

CD 4512 Best Practices in Early Childhood Intervention ( 3) Focused study of the nature of communication disorders in children from birth to three with special emphasis on assessment and intervention models. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or with departmental approval.

CD 4701 Introduction to Audiology (3) Hearing impairment as related to basic acoustics and psychoacoustics, anatomy and physiology of the ear, and theories of hearing. Prerequisite: Admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology.

CD 4706 Hearing Measurement (3) Hearing measurement procedures including pure tone and speech audiometry and some site of lesion testing. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or with departmental approval.

CD 4708 Aural Rehabilitation (3) Effects of hearing impairment of verbal communication. Principles and methods of aural rehabilitation. Prerequisite: CD 4706.

CD 4900 Special Topics in Communication Disorders (1- 3) Selected topics of contemporary interest in speech-language pathology and audiology; variable content. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

CD 5101 Professional Issues in Communication Disorders (2) Integration of knowledge and problem solving applied to professional and ethical decision making in communication disorders. The case study approach will be emphasized. Must be taken the semester prior to the internship.

CD 5402 Advanced Issues in Child Language Disorders (3) Theories, etiologies, and assessment/intervention procedures for children with severe and /or multiple language impairements and language related literacy impairments. Prerequisite: CD 3501 or CD 4401.

CD 5501 Articulation and Phonological Disorders (3) Phonetic, physical, and physiological aspects of the articulation of speech and the etiology of articulation disabilities.

CD 5502 Fluency Disorders (3) Theories, etiologies and assessment/intervention procedures for individuals with fluency disorders (developmental, psychogenic and neurogenic stuttering, and cluttering) across the lifespan.

CD 5503 Voice Disorders (3) Voice disorders which result from laryngopathologies and psychoneuroses.

CD 5504 Adult Neurogenic Language Disorders (3) Aphasia, its possible etiologies, characteristics, diagnostic evaluations and therapy; head trauma, the language of confusion, and other language problems of the aging population.

CD 5506 Motor Speech Disorders (3) Clinical evaluation and treatment of persons with motor speech disorders (dysarthria and apraxia) resulting from neurogenic etiology. Augmentative/alternative forms of communication will be discussed.

CD 5507 Special Projects in Speech-Language Pathology (2) Individual study and/or research in speech-language pathology. Prerequisite: approval of graduate advisor.

CD 5508 Adult Swallowing Disorders (2) Develops diagnostic and treatment skills in the management of swallowing disorders in children and adults.

CD 5509 Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders (2) Evaluation and treatment of feeding and swallowing disorders in children with emphasis on medical diagnoses and interfering environmental factors.

CD 5511 Assistive Technology Across the Lifespan (2) Assessment and intervention techniques for persons with communication impairments who require assistive technologies; emphasis on broad range of etiologies across the lifespan. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or with departmental approval.

CD 5515 Rehabilitation of Cognitive Linguistic Communication Disorders (2) Exploration of normal and impaired cognitive-linguistic processing, highlighting processing deficits in traumatic brain injury. Methods to assess-treat cognitive-linguistic impairments will be discussed. Prerequisite: admission to the undergraduate program in speech-language pathology or with departmental approval.

CD 5801 Internship in Communication Disorders (4) Scheduled by the Off-site Clinical Practicum Coordinator, the internship requires ten weeks of full-time practicum in a hospital or rehabilitation setting during the student's last semester of enrollment in the graduate program. Prerequisite: consent of department Off-site Clinical Practicum Coordinator at least two semesters in advance.

CD 5802 Externship in Communication Disorders (2) Scheduled by the Off-site Clinical Practicum Coordinator, the externship is a public school experience, a minimum of 2 days a week for 16 weeks. Prerequisite: consent of department Off-site Clinical Practicum Coordinator at least two semesters in advance. Special exceptions with department consent.

CD 5810 Graduate Clinical Practicum (1) Advanced specialized practice in management of communication and swallowing disorders. First semester clinicians only. Includes a course fee which covers required clinic wear shirts and name tag. Prerequisites: CD 3503 or concurrently, and 3.00 graduate GPA in departmental courses.

CD 5811 Graduate Clinical Practicum (1) Advanced specialized practice in management of communication and swallowing disorders. Must be repeated for a maximum of 7 semester hours Prerequisites: CD 3503 or concurrently, and 3.00 graduate GPA in departmental courses.

CD 5900 Seminar in Communication Disorders (2) Detailed studies in a specialized area of communication disorders. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 semester hours.

CD 5902 Research Design in Communication Disorders (3) An introduction to research design strategies in communication disorders. Prerequisite: Psy 4520.

CD 5910 Praxis Exam Preparation for Speech-Language Pathology (1) Designed to facilitate self-study in preparation for taking the Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology. Prerequisite: Must enroll in CD 5910 prior to taking the Praxis Exam and completing CD 5801, or with departmental approval.

CD 6901 Thesis (1-5) Special Investigation of an approved problem in communication disorders resulting in a formal thesis. Prerequisite: 15 hours of graduate credit.