Patricia A Dowden
Communication needs of nonspeaking individuals. Interdisciplinary approaches to the evaluation, selection, and implementation of aided and unaided communication augmentation systems. Recommended: basic course work in either SPHSC, OT, PT, or ENGR. Offered: jointly with REHAB 458; S.
SPHSC 453 has been evolving because of new requirements in augmentative and alternative communication in Speech & Hearing Sciences. In the future, this 3-credit course will focus on the evaluation and intervention strategies for individuals with severe congenital or developmental communication impairments. Also in the future, there will be a parallel course focusing on evaluation and intervention for individuals with acquired impairments. For this summer alone, this course will cover both individuals with congenital impairments as well as individuals with acquired impairments. Students will be asked to select a primary focus and readings will diverge by the middle of the course.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will combine didactic lecture, online assignments and hands-on experiences with equipment to prepare students to intervene with multi-modality solutions for individuals with severe communication impairments.
Class assignments and grading
Assignment #1: Reflection (10 points) Assignment #2: Device Review (20 points) Assignment #3: Building Communicative Competence (20 points) Lab Worksheets (5 points total) Quiz #1 (10 points) Quiz #2 (10 points) Final Exam (20 points) Class participation (5 points)