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Martin Nevdahl
SPHSC 552
Seattle Campus

Advanced Practicum in Speech Pathology Management

Laboratory experience in the management of speech and language disorders. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Students will gain clinical knowledge and skills in the assessment and treatment of voice disorders in children and adults. Researching, identifying and applying appropriate evidence-based treatments will be the primary focus of this course.

Student learning goals

Students will learn to identify voice disorders and make appropriate recommendations regarding treatment.

Students will learn to search the professional literature to find current, evidence-based treatment methods.

Students will learn to assess the quality of the evidence they find pertaining to treatment.

Students, after identifying appropriate evidence-base therapies, will learn how to apply treatment methods.

Students will learn how to appropriately monitor client progress in therapy using ongoing data keeping methods appropriate to the chosen treatment method.

General method of instruction

As a clinical practicum, students are assigned one or more clients who exhibit a fluency or voice disorder. The students will evaluate and treat clients under the supervision of the clinical supervisor. There is a once-a-week group meeting to discuss clients and receive instruction on clincial methods.

Recommended preparation

Students should review their notes from the SPHSC 535 Voice Disorders class as well as the Glossary of Terms document on the website. Students should be familiar with searching current literature for information related to their client(s).

Class assignments and grading

Beyond the clinical work, assignments vary by quarter.

This is a pass/no pass course. Students must exhibit the ability to work independently with a client with a voice disorder. All paperwork, SOAP notes, and reports must be completed in a timely manner. A passing grade will not be given until all paperwork and assignments are completed.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Martin Nevdahl
Date: 12/05/2013