Patricia A Dowden
Overview of evaluation and intervention for children and adults with severe congenital speech and language impairments, with primary emphasis on individuals with congenital impairments. Overview of the features of multi-modal strategies, including output, selection set, access, and rate enhancement. Prerequisite: graduate SPHSC, REHAB, or EDSPE students, or permission of instructor. Offered: S.
This 4 credit course is a graduate course in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences. The course focuses on evaluation and intervention strategies for individuals with severe communication impairments. We will cover the full range of multi-modal communication strategies, including high technology devices as well as low technology books, boards and picture exchange. Students will be introduced to all types of AAC users in lectures, readings, labs and projects.
Student learning goals
Describe the full range of communication modalities, from gestures to high technology options
Evaluate communication devices for critical features
Explain the clinical considerations for decision-making with AAC strategies
Differentiate between emerging, context-dependent and independent communicators
Explain the difference in evaluation procedures for different types of communicators
Plan intervention for clients who require alternative communication
General method of instruction
Lectures, in class labs, and independent and group assignments
Class assignments and grading