Communication Sciences and DisordersWestern Health Sciences

Second Year Courses

Students must complete all course requirements in order to graduate. All students are enrolled in a predetermined curriculum each term.

Fall Courses - September to December

9604a - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology IV

0.5 credit

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

9632a - Audiology and Hearing Science for SLP

0.5 credit

Students are first introduced to the basics of acoustics, anatomy/physiology of the auditory system, and psychoacoustics. Next, a survey of the discipline of audiology is provided in order to introduce students to the diagnostic, (re)habilitative, and educational roles played by audiologists and the audiological role played by speech-language pathologists. An introduction to methods of audiological assessment, including pure tone and impedance audiometry, is also provided.

9633a - 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.

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9636a - Professional Practice Issues

0.5 credit

This course examines issues related to the professional practice of speech-language pathologists. Topics addressed include career planning, roles of professional associations and regulatory bodies, legal issues, ethical issues and practice management. The format consists of guest speakers and group discussions resulting from these presentations.

9638a - Developmental Language Disorders II

0.5 credit

This course provides a basis for understanding what is known about the nature, identification, assessment, and treatment of developmental language and literacy impairments in school-aged children. Focus is on the application of oral and written language assessment results to the development of effective intervention plans, and service delivery models.

9642a - Clinical Applications in Audiology and Hearing Science

0.25 credit

Students are provided with hands-on experience with auditory and psychoacoustic phenomena, as well as clinical audiological equipment and procedures.

9643a - Clinical Applications in Swallowing & 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.

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9648a - Clinical Applications in DLD II

0.25 credit

In this course, students are provided with hands-on activities directed at learning and practicing methods for the assessment and treatment of developmental impairments in oral language, reading and writing in school-aged children. Students develop skills in discourse analysis, interpreting assessment data, and programming for intervention.

Winter Courses - January to April

9605b - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology V

0.5 credit

In this course, students complete a community-based clinical practicum in the management of speech, language and swallowing disorders.

9634b - Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation for the SLP

0.5 credit

In this course, students examine issues in habilitation and rehabilitation of speech and language impairments associated with hearing impairments. The topics entail the integration of material from previous coursework in speech-language pathology as they relate to the communication impairments of individuals with hearing impairments across the life span. In particular those issues that speech-language pathologists are mostly likely to encounter in their general practices are highlighted, such as the impact of recurrent middle ear infection and other forms of mild hearing loss on speech and language development, auditory verbal therapy, and the interaction of hearing loss with language and cognitive deficits among older adults. Additionally, Deaf culture, its representatives’ position on the rehabilitation efforts by speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and the impact of its position on those with hearing impairments is examined. Because habilitation and rehabilitation approaches to hearing loss and their impact on speech and language development and function are multidisciplinary endeavours, the roles and contributions of speech-language pathologists to teamwork are examined.

9637b - AAC and other Special Topics in SLP

0.5 credit

This course provides foundations for clinical practice in the areas of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The course offers the expertise of community instructors who are practicing in these fields. An opportunity is provided to hear from clients, and to work both in groups and individually on cases, allowing for a hands-on application of the content.

9639b - Evidence Based Practice: Principles & Techniques

0.5 credit

This course provides students with the necessary skills and tools needed to find and evaluate the ever-increasing knowledge base in their chosen field. The course seeks to teach students how to update their knowledge throughout their career by applying these skills, and participating in clinical research.

9649b - Evidence Based Practice Applications

0.25 credit

Students will apply their knowledge gained in Evidence Based Practice: Principles and Techniques to provide a critical analysis of research pertaining to a clinical question of interest, and a clinical recommendation based on the current state of evidence.

9650b - Resonance Disorders

0.5 credit

The course provides instruction on the nature, etiologies, and principles of assessment and treatment related to speech and resonance disorders resulting from functional causes, cleft palate and other oro-facial anomalies. Intensive individualized study of theoretical issues and research is included.

Elective Seminar (Optional)

0.5 credit

In a small group, interactive format, students acquire new or expanded knowledge in a specialty topic area. Students choose from one of four elective seminars.

Spring/Summer Courses - May to July

9606L - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology VI

0.5 credit

In this course, students will complete a final and full-time clinical practicum in the community for the management of speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

9607L - Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

0.5 credit

Continued from 9606L - Practicum in SLP VI

9635L - Counselling

0.5 credit

This course introduces the student to theory, practice and issues related to counselling in speech-language pathology. The informational and personal adjustment counselling needs of specific client populations and families are explored.