Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

First Year Courses

Students must complete all course requirements in order to graduate. All students are enrolled in a predetermined curriculum each term. Please review the progression requirements in order to advance into the second year of the program.

Fall Courses - September to December

9610a - Anatomy & Physiology

0.5 credit

The objective of the course is to develop a basic knowledge of head and neck anatomy and physiology as applied to human communication. The course of study involves: anatomy and physiology of the ear and hearing; anatomy and physiology of respiration and phonation; and anatomy and physiology of articulation and resonance.

9611a - Clinical Phonetics and Clinical Transcription of Speech

0.5 credit

Students learn to describe accurately, to analyze and to transcribe normal sound production. The relevance and application of phonetic transcription skills in the assessment and intervention of clinically disordered populations is explored. Attention also is devoted to exploring speech sound differences among culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Students are then challenged to use their transcription skills in the description and analysis of disordered speech samples.

9612a - Fluency Disorders and Clinical Applications

0.5 credits

This course prepares students for entry level practice in fluency disorders. The course reviews the current knowledge base related to disorders of speech fluency including stuttering, cluttering, psychogenic stuttering, and neurogenic stuttering. Assessment and treatment protocols for all age groups are presented and evaluated. Fluency enhancing strategies are taught in hands-on sessions.

9613a - Language Acquisition: Foundations and Clinical Applications

0.5 credit

This course covers typical language acquisition (i.e., syntax, morphology, semantics, pragmatics and phonology) in young children from infancy through the preschool period of development. Key aspects in the development of both language production and comprehension are reviewed. Applied activities allow students to develop their observation skills for identifying key communicative behaviours associated with 4 developmental periods. In addition, they have hands-on experience analyzing children’s language samples for semantic relations, communicative intent, morphology, and emerging syntax.

9615a - Speech Science

0.5 credit

Students are introduced to the physiologic, acoustic and perceptual characteristics of speech. Principles and methods for the laboratory study of speech are explored.

9616a - Introduction to Professional Practice

0.5 credit

This course provides the clinical foundations and principles for conducting assessment and treatment for individuals with communication impairments. The course also discusses the professional practice issues that are relevant to the Speech-Language Pathology field. Multiple instruction format includes lecture, directed clinical observations at the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic, videocases, client interaction, group presentations, etc.

9620a - Clinical Applications in Anatomy & Physiology

0.25 credit

This applied course allows students to develop their skills in identifying anatomical and physiological structures of the head and neck through the use of models, cadaveric materials and videotaped demonstrations.

9625q - Clinical Applications in Speech Science

0.25 credit

Students use computer-based procedures to obtain basic physiologic and acoustic measures of normal and disordered speech.

9626q - Clinical Applications in Professional Practice

0.25 credit

This is a practical course to facilitate the application of the clinical principles taught in Introduction to Professional Practice. Students have the opportunity to work "hands-on" with assessment tools and to analyse assessment data, to select clinical goals, and to develop therapeutic hierarchies. In addition, students learn how to write clinical lesson plans, conduct on-line scoring to measure outcomes of therapy sessions, and develop their clinical reporting skills.

Winter Courses - January to April

9600 - Teaching Clinic in SLP

0.25 credit

This intensive teaching clinic provides the clinical foundations and skills for the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders or voice disorders. The purpose of this course is to ensure that students are ready to start their in-house clinical placement

9601b - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology I

0.5 credit

This course involves guided, supervised initial clinical practicum in the management of speech and language disorders in the H.A. Leeper Speech and Hearing Clinic.

9617b - Acquired Language Disorders

0.5 credit

The purpose of the course is to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills in two areas. The first area involves the theoretical constructs and clinical features of language and cognitive-communication disturbances of adults with aphasia and related disorders. The second area relates to language and communication therapies for adults with aphasia and related disorders.

9618b - Developmental Language Disorders I

0.5 credit

This course develops student knowledge of models, causes and characteristics of language disorders in infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Students then learn how to select and to apply best practices in the assessment and intervention of language and emergent literacy at these different stages and in special populations (including Autism Spectrum Disorders). How to respect diversity and family dynamics, as well as identify the contributions of, and work collaboratively with, other professionals is included.

9619b - Developmental Speech Disorders

0.25 credit

The course includes extensive coverage of current models and information on normal and abnormal development of phonology, knowledge of currently accepted procedures and theoretical support for assessment of phonological disorders, and intervention techniques and procedures based on several models of phonological development.

9627b - Clinical Applications in Acquired Language Disorders

0.25 credit

This course includes small group, hands-on experiences, where students work through the assessment and rehabilitation processes for acquired language disorders using case studies and other clinical resources.

9628b - Clinical Applications in Developmental Language Disorders

0.25 credit

Students are provided with hands-on practice in standardized and nonstandardized assessment, report writing, and intervention planning for young children with developmental language disorders.

9629b - Clinical Applications in Developmental Speech Disorders

0.25 credit

Small group learning of specific skills needed to conduct phonological assessment and intervention with children. Students gain hands-on practice in assessment procedures and intervention techniques. Case examples and clinical scenarios are used to guide sound clinical decision making.

9633b - Swallowing and Dysphagia

0.5 credit

The overall objective of the course is to develop a basic knowledge of swallowing and swallowing disorders. Topics covered include: anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing, neurophysiology of normal swallowing, major etiological subtypes of dysphagia, pathophysiology and neuropathophysiology of several major subtypes of oropharyngeal dysphagia, methods of assessing oropharyngeal swallowing, designing a comprehensive swallowing assessment, analysis and interpretation of videofluoroscopic and endoscopic data, management options currently available in treating individuals with swallowing disorders, utilizing assessment findings to plan appropriate management, factors that should be considered in decisions regarding oral versus enteral feeding, and professional issues relevant to swallowing and dysphagia.

9643b - Clinical Applications in Swallowing and Dysphagia

0.25 credit

This course aims to develop students’ skills in applying knowledge of swallowing and dysphagia to “real-world” clinical cases. Hands-on approaches to learning, including analysis of videofluoroscopic swallowing studies, case-based assessment and therapy planning, and case-based feeding decision-making, are employed.

Spring/Summer Courses - May to July

9602L - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology II

0.5 credit

This course involves guided, supervised second clinical practicum in the management of speech and language disorders.

9603L - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology III

0.5 credit

This course is the third practicum in the clinical management of speech and language disorders. The summer practicum usually involves intensive full day programs (i.e. fluency camp, language camp).

9631L - Voice Disorders

0.25 credit

This course briefly reviews anatomy and physiology of the larynx and principles of phonation. Course emphasis is on assessment and management of voice disorders common in both adults and children. For each voice disorder, there is discussion of the presumed underlying bases/etiology, of the factors perpetuating the disorder and of the treatment alternatives, including how to structure an appropriate treatment plan and treatment monitoring and outcome measures. Case presentations help to highlight assessment and treatment principles and to integrate learning. Voice rehabilitation following treatment for laryngeal cancer also is included along with issues underlying treatment options, as well as short and long-term issues impacting communication disability.

9641L - Clinical Applications in Voice Disorders

0.25 credit

Laboratory instruction centers on skill development associated with common approaches to voice assessment and evaluation. This includes the use of standard recording protocols and acoustic measurement of voice for documentation, perceptual evaluation methods associated with voice description and monitoring. Issues of treatment planning and structure are included. Lab experiences include issues that cross both those with laryngeal-based disorders of voice, as well as those who experience voice loss due to treatment for laryngeal cancer.