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Courses

Course offerings reflect the 2021-2022 Elmhurst University Catalog. One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

.50 credit, elective

A beginning course in sign language, emphasizing sign vocabulary, American Sign Language (ASL) syntax, manual alphabet and situational assessment. Designed for those who need to communicate with nonverbal children and adults.

.50 credit, elective

An intermediate course in sign language providing additional sign vocabulary and ASL syntax.

Prerequisite: CSD 100 or consent of instructor.

1.00 credit, elective

This course focuses on continued development of conversational fluency in American Sign Language, including further training in receptive and expressive skills, fingerspelling, vocabulary development and grammatical structures. Cultural aspects associated with deaf education; historical treatment of deaf people; and sociological, political and cultural issues important to the deaf community are addressed.

Prerequisite: CSD 101 or consent of instructor.

.50 credit

A broad introduction to human communication sciences and disorders that negatively impact individuals’ academic participation and achievement, transition to post-secondary education and employment, participation in activities of daily living, and overall quality of life. Students are required to accumulate guided clinical observation hours of typical and atypical communication. Professional writing skills are also addressed.

1.00 credit

The study of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) with application for broad and narrow transcription and analysis of normal and disordered speech production. Clinical phonetic transcription skills prepare students for coursework and clinical assignments in communication disorders.

Prerequisites: 2nd term sophomore standing, 3.0 GPA.

1.00 credit

The study of the anatomical and physiological processes related to normal speech and language production. The respiratory, phonatory, articulatory, hearing and nervous systems are studied in depth.

Prerequisites: second-term sophomore standing, 3.00 GPA.

1.00 credit

An introduction to applied linguistics as a foundation for speech, language and hearing sciences. The course emphasizes concepts of how language is structured, how meaning is conveyed, and how language varies across occasions and groups. It addresses the scientific method and language analysis in applications for research and clinical practice in the assessment and treatment of language disorders.

Prerequisites: 2nd term sophomore standing, 3.0 GPA.

1.00 credit, elective

A course on the identification and treatment of individuals with autism. A brief historical overview will be included. Characteristics and learning styles of individuals with autism will be examined.

.50 credit, elective

This course will provide an introductory understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other related cognitive disorders leading to evidence-based practices for providing care and maximizing communication and participation in community life. Students will be able to distinguish among normal cognitive differences, mild cognitive impairments, and progressing forms of dementia, including AD. Following introductory level instruction in underlying neurologic changes, students will gain an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective that addresses common challenges along social, behavioral, affective, cognitive-linguistic, and legal-ethical dimensions. This course will prepare pre-allied health and human service professionals to interact appropriately and skillfully with individuals and families across a variety of settings facing the challenges of AD and related cognitive disorders using evidence-based techniques and strategies.

Prerequisite: Sophomore status or higher.

1.00 credit

The study of the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system and its disorders. Includes instruction and practice in the use of audiometric equipment.

Prerequisites: CSD 234, junior standing and a 3.20 GPA.

.50 credit, elective

A study of fluency, dysfluency, theories of etiology and current therapeutic approaches in the treatment of stuttering and other fluency disorders.

Prerequisites: CSD 237, 3.20 GPA and junior standing.

1.00 credit

A study of phonological development combined with a study of phonological and articulatory disorders. Strategies for assessment and remediation are addressed.

Prerequisites: CSD 205 and 3.20 GPA.

1.00 credit

The study of the nature of sound waves, sound transmission, resonance and filtering. Introduction to speech perception. A review of principles and methods of measuring acoustical phenomena and an introduction to the acoustic theory of speech production.

Prerequisites: CSD 205, completed required physical science course, and 3.20 GPA.

1.00 credit

Designed to increase students’ professional writing skills, specifically in the areas of professional correspondence, clinical report writing and academic writing, and to enhance skills of information literacy.

Prerequisites: ENG 106, CSD 341, CSD 390 and a 3.20 GPA.

1.00 credit, elective

This course provides an introduction to factors associated with early intervention in speech-language pathology and audiology. Topics include fetal development; prenatal, neonatal and postnatal risk factors; syndromes associated with communication deficits; assessment of infant and toddler nonverbal communication; infant/caregiver interaction and attachment; remediation; and the primary role of the speechlanguage pathologist on the early intervention team.

Prerequisite: junior status or sophomore with consent of instructor.

.50 credit, elective

This elective course is designed to foster the development of basic skills necessary for serving speech-language clients in medical settings. Through this course, students will examine appropriate communication in healthcare, patient satisfaction, basic infection control, communication with patients, family members, and healthcare professionals, and basic assessment and intervention methods with clients. The culmination of the experience will involve participation in a healthcare simulation involving human patient simulators.

Prerequisites: CSD 450. Offered January Term.

.50 credit, elective

The immersion experience in China provides students with an opportunity to observe and participate in not only conventional but also alternative evaluation and treatment sessions in physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy; it offers students a multicultural experience in rehabilitative medicine.

Travel course, offered January Term alternating years.

1.00 credit, elective

This course is designed to provide students with a unique opportunity to foster their global experience, knowledge and skills to provide appropriate services to diverse clients. The combination of Spanish classes, cultural excursions, home stays with local families, and clinical services learning activities will foster students’ appreciation of culture and linguistic diversity and their ability to provide culturally relevant services. Travel course, Summer Term.

1.00 credit

Major theories of language acquisition and typical language development across the lifespan are studied in conjunction with development in cognitive, social, and motoric systems, followed by study of etiology, symptomatology, prevention, assessment, and treatment of language disorders.

Prerequisites: CSD 237, CSD major, junior status, and 3.2 GPA.

1.00 credit

Designed for students pursuing a degree in communication sciences and disorders or interested in the field of allied health. Students will understand the anatomy and physiology of the human brain; neural processes of speech, language and cognition; and the neurological basis for swallowing. Also, students will develop an appreciation for brain-behavior relationships and how they are impacted following an injury to the brain.

Prerequisites: CSD 234, complete required biological science course and 3.20 GPA.

1.00 credit

Completion of guided clinical observation hours while studying evidence-based principles of assessment and intervention in speech-language pathology. Students study methods of observing and documenting speech and language behaviors, interpreting diagnostic information, developing treatment objectives, and modifying behaviors. Professional writing skills, Essential Functions, and the ASHA Code of Ethics are also addressed.

Prerequisites: CSD 200, 205, 237, CSD 390, CSD major, junior status, 3.2 GPA.

1.00 credit

The study of basic methods involved in the treatment of the hearing impaired, including auditory training, speech reading, amplification, communication development and case management.

Prerequisites: CSD 339 and 3.20 GPA.

Elective

Students will arrange to observe speech-language therapy at an off-campus clinical site and participate in speech-language therapy sessions with clients. No clock hours may be counted from this experience.

.50 credit, elective

Students plan age and developmentally appropriate speechlanguage activities, write a weekly lesson plan documenting the speech-language objectives being targeted and appropriate cueing to be provided, acquire supporting materials, implement the activities, and take data on targeted objectives with populations at off-campus sites.

Prerequisites: CSD 390, CSD 450.

.50 credit

Students assist other student clinicians in CSD 500 or 501 in the on-campus clinic. As assistants, students participate in supervised clinical practice, including treatment, data collection, preparation of materials and writing of progress notes and lesson plans. Students may also participate in clinical research. Attendance at seminars on treatment techniques and current topics in speech-language pathology is required.

Prerequisites: CSD 390 and CSD 450 with a grade of B- or higher. communication sciences and disorders major, consent of the clinic director, 3.20 GPA.

.25 or .50 credit

Studies may include readings and clinical study or research.

Consent of instructor required.

.50 credit

This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of speech-language pathology, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance.

Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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