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CMD-Communication Disorders

CMD600 - Research and Professional Issues

This course is designed to teach the graduate student to be both a consumer and producer of research. A research endeavor (research paper, project or thesis) is a requirement of graduation and is initiated in this class. Practice patterns in the profession (ethical, clinical and legal aspects) are also addressed. (3 crs.)

CMD701 - Language Disorders in Adults

The purpose of this course is to prepare the student to provide assessment techniques and therapy to manage the language and speech problems of individuals who have suffered stroke, head trauma, dementia, or other neurological disorders or injuries. (3 crs.)

CMD702 - Language Disorders in Children

The study of language disorders in children is presented. Students learn to analyze and treat disorders involving language content difficulties, language form deficits and/or pragmatic disabilities. Students obtain and analyze language samples and plan appropriate remediation of language disorders in children. (3 crs.)

CMD703 - Fluency Disorders

This course summarizes the various generations' theory concerning why people stutter and what treatment is effective. The student learns to assess the multiple overt and covert symptoms of stuttering and to plan effective treatment. (3 crs.)

CMD705 - Voice Disorders

This course provides comprehensive academic and clinical training in the etiological factors, description and management of voice disorders. (3 crs.)

CMD707 - Articulation and Phonology

This course provides the graduate student with traditional views about articulation and phonology disorders, their assessment and treatment. Current assessment and management procedures will be practiced in and out of the classroom. (3 crs.)

CMD708 - Neurology

The graduate student becomes familiar with those structures and functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems that appear relevant to the comprehension and production of speech and language. Brain asymmetry in normal and brain-damaged persons, left- and right-hemisphere language abilities in split-brain patients, handedness as it relates to speech and language functioning, gender differences, disruption of language functions after brain injury or disease, the effects of aging and stress on neurological functioning, and neurologic endowment are all discussed. The central theme of this course is brain "governance" over all other body systems. (3 crs.)

CMD711 - Clinical Practicum in Various Settings

The student participates in work in the department's preschool, where 10 normally developing children and 10 children with speech-language problems are included. Focus is on actual work with children, inclusion theory, and normal and disordered development. (1-3 crs.)

CMD712 - Clinical Practicum in University Clinic

The student participates in hands-on work with clients in the University Speech and Hearing Clinic. Under supervision, the student will provide therapy for one or more clients presenting with one of the following disorders: speech or language, stuttering, voice, delayed development, stroke, or others. (1-3 crs.)

CMD713 - Clinical Practicum in Various Settings

The student participates in hands-on diagnostic (testing) work as a member of the diagnostic team. Under supervision of a state-licensed, ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist, the student administers communication-based tests to clients from the community presenting with one or more of a wide variety of communication deficits. (Variable 1-12 crs.)

CMD714 - Clinical Practicum in Various Settings

The student participates in audiological assessment as a member of the audiological team. Under the supervision of a certified audiologist, the student tests the hearing ability of clients from the community who seek audiological intervention in this clinic. (1-3 crs.)

CMD715 - Clinical Practicum at Externship Site

Externship in the field of speech-language pathology. This externship will occur in a public or private educational setting. Prerequisite: The student must be enrolled in Cal U's full-time master's program. (Variable 1-12 crs.)

CMD716 - Clinical Practicum at Externship Site

Externship in the field of speech-language pathology. This externship will occur in a public or private medical setting. Prerequisite: The student must be enrolled in Cal U's full-time master's program. (Variable 1-12 crs.)

CMD718 - Advanced Audiology for the SLP

The student will learn to work effectively with the hearing-impaired and deaf patient. Emphasis in this course will be on the effective use of speech reading ("lip reading"), sign language, hearing aids and other forms of magnification, augmentative and adaptive equipment, and other lifestyle modifications. The purpose of this course is to assist the speech-language pathologist in working with hearing-impaired and deaf patients of all ages. (3 crs.)

CMD731 - Early Intervention in Speech Language Pathology

This course offers the opportunity for comprehensive study of delayed and/or disordered speech-language ability, deficits of social interaction and development, hearing loss and deafness, and feeding and swallowing difficulties in children from infancy through preschool age. The student will comprehend processes from referral to assessment through treatment and transition. (3 crs.)

CMD732 - Counseling the Communicatively Disabled

This course teaches students to use evidenced-based counseling techniques during their work with clients. They learn to choose and use techniques for specific purposes: to change attitudes, help clients accept their disorders, motivate and change client behaviors, and increase understanding. The graduate student learns to use general counseling techniques through role play and guided client contact. He/she also investigates the special counseling issues related to the pathologies commonly treated by the speech-language pathologist. (3 crs.)

CMD763 - Communication Problems of Special Groups

The content of this class varies from term to term. In consultation with the students, the professor identifies a special population that is significant for communication impairment. Intensive study of that patient profile occurs. Examples of patient populations that have been addressed in the past are speakers of English from a foreign language, patients with Alzheimer's disease, tracheostomy and ventilation patients, and others. (3 crs.)

CMD764 - Instrumentation in SLP

This course is designed to provide the graduate student with a background in the clinical use of instrumentation. Students will learn how instrumentation has been and can be used to measure various parameters of the speech signal and how these measurements can be employed in the assessment and management of individuals with speech-language disorders. Emphasis is on PC-based instrumentation. (3 crs.)

CMD765 - Dysphagia

This course addresses the evaluation and management of children and adults with disordered swallowing secondary to neurologic, structural and psychogenic abnormalities. The relationship of dysphagia to speech disorders is discussed. (3 crs.)

CMD766 - Traumatic Brain Injury

The purpose of this course is to organize and understand the explosions of information related to the medical, communication and psychosocial aspects of traumatic brain injury (TBI). When possible and practical, practitioners from rehabilitation agencies will supplement the instructor's lectures. (3 crs.)

CMD772 - Augmentative Communication

This course is an in-depth study of: 1) the underlying theory of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC), including state-of-the-art and emerging technologies; and 2) methodology for assessing and training individuals with communication disorders to use AAC systems. The various modes of nonvocal communication are presented. These include, but are not limited to, sign and gestural languages, computer-assisted communication, etc. Students learn to assess client need and potential, select the augmentative or alternative method, access resources as needed, and provide intervention. Emphasis is placed on functional strategies for the practicing clinician in AAC. Hands-on experience with various AAC systems is an integral part of this course. (3 crs.)

CMD785 - Seminar

The content for this class may vary from term to term. In the true spirit of a "seminar," the professor offers specialized knowledge and expertise in various areas. Examples of course focus in the past have been medical speech pathology, new technology in the field, specialized patient profiles, etc. (3 crs.)