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Communicative Disorders Graduate Courses


COMD 700 Professional Issues and Portfolio Development for Speech-Language Pathology Externs (1 cr. pass/fail) Discuss pertinent issues related to the school externship experience; completion of the professional portfolio. Prereq: con reg COMD 795 or 798

COMD 710 Research Methods in Communicative Disorders (2 credits) The course will focus on students becoming knowledgeable consumers of research in the area of Communicative Disorders. Students will learn to critically review research literature in helping them make clinical decisions based on the principles of Evidence-Based-Practice. Prereq: cons intr.

COMD 711 Clinical and Instrumental Measurement of Speech (1 credit) Graduate students enrolled in COMD 723 and COMD 784 will be provided with information regarding the purpose for and operation of a variety of perceptual assessment and instrumental evaluations and treatment strategies for voice and fluency disorders. Students will gain experience in completing perceptual assessments, operating the instruments, obtaining specific measurements and interpreting the measurements for several of the characteristics associated with fluency and voice disorders. Preq: cons instr.

COMD 712 Clinical Instrumentation 2 (2 credit) Graduate students enrolled in COMD 786 will be provided with information regarding the purpose and operation of a variety of perceptual assessment and instrumental evaluations and treatment strategies for resonance disorders. Students will gain experience completing perceptual assessments, operating the instruments, obtaining specific measurements and their interpretation for several characteristics associated with craniofacial disorders. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 713 Clinical Instrumentation 3 (1 credit) Graduate students enrolled in COMD 724 will be provided with information regarding the purpose and operation of a variety of perceptual assessment and instrumental evaluations and treatment strategies for resonance disorders. Students will gain experience completing perceptual assessments, operating the instruments, obtaining specific measurements and their interpretation for several characteristics associated with motor speech disorders. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 715 Gross Anatomy of the Head and Neck (2 credits) Gross human anatomy for human communication; dissections of the head and neck to view the structural relationships of the mechanisms. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 723 Fluency Disorders (3 credits) Research related to etiology, onset, development, and maintenance of stuttering and other speech fluency disorders. Assessment and treatment of preschoolers, school-age children, adolescents, and adults. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 724 Neuromotor Disorders (3 credits) Critical issues in the assessment and management of motor speech disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Multi-disciplinary aspects of treatment associated with dysarthria, apraxia and other developmental and acquired neuromotor disorders. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 735 Language Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents (3 credits) Impact of having a language based disorder, and its effect on literacy development and academic success. Includes information processing, memory, word finding, nonliteral language, and problem solving abilities using various assessments and curriculum based intervention techniques that facilitate academic and social development.

COMD 738 Working with Families of Infants and Toddlers at Risk (2 credits) Identification, assessment, program planning and intervention procedures for families of infants and toddlers with/at risk for disabilities. Biological and environmental risk factors, management, and the role of interdisciplinary teams in prevention and early intervention. Prereq: cons instr

COMD 740 Aphasia and Age-Related Changes (3 credits) This course examines the acquired language impairment aphasia, its impact on a person’s daily life, as well as methods and techniques for assessment and intervention. Communication and aging issues are also discussed. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 741 Cognitive-Communciation Disorders (2 credits) This course examines the cognitive-communication disorders resulting from right hemisphere damage, traumatic brain injuries, and degenerative conditions such as dementia. Prereq: conr instr.

COMD 742 Seminar in PDD/Autism (2 credits) Assessment and intervention approaches based on current theoretical perspectives of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Focus on different methods of enhancing communication and socialization abilities of this population. Prereq: Cons instr.

COMD 745 Advanced Study in Phonological Disorders (2 credits) Review of contemporary issues related to articulation and phonology. Assessment and treatment strategies for clinically and culturally diverse child and adult populations. Prereq: ComD 345 or equivalent and cons instr.

COMD 746 Dysphagia (3 credits) Normal swallowing function as a foundation for exploring contemporary issues in the clinical and instrumental assessment of swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults. Management procedures for swallowing disorders across the lifespan will be reviewed with emphasis on multi-disciplinary aspects of treatment.  Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 763 Aural Rehabilitation/Habilitation (1-3 credits) Counseling and intervention programs and techniques for re/habilitating communication skills of children and adults with hearing loss. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 765 Augmentative and Alternative Communication (3 credits) A life span approach in the assessment, intervention, and management of individuals who are non-speaking because of developmental, motor, or acquired disabilities; determining and developing different communication opportunities supported by a multi-modal communication approach incorporating the use of both low and high technological approaches. Lab experiences will include various voice output systems and different assistive technology computer software. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 773 Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology (1 credit) Explore theories and philosophical orientations to the practice of counseling in daily interactions with people with communication disorders. Practical applications for a variety of communication needs in different settings scope of practice within the profession of speech-language pathology. Prereq: cons instr

COMD 775 Medical Settings (1 credit) Evaluation and management of persons with communication disorders within a medical setting. Consider various medical settings, ethics, functional goals, and documentation (e.g., billing, reporting, etc). Prereq: cons instr

COMD 776 School Methods (2 credits) Course content will include the application of assessment and intervention skills to public early childhood, elementary, and secondary school contexts. Educational organization, legal mandates, certification/licensure, curriculum-relevant goals, collaborative roles, and current professional issues will be targeted. Prereq: cons instr

COMD 784 Disorders of Phonation (3 credits) Explore current trends in classification, differential diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention of vocal dysfunction and resonance disorders across the life span. Also, atypical phonation disorders, causes of laryngeal cancer; medical management of malignant tumors of the larynx, and rehabilitation of laryngectomees will also be covered. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 785 Supplemental Externship in Speech-Language Pathology (6 credits) This supplemental externship is full time during summer session for students who wish to extern in a medical setting after completing a school externship. Prereq: completion of COMD 795 or equivalent, and permission of SCD faculty.

COMD 786 Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders (2 credits) Embryological development and anatomy/physiology of the facial and oral structures. Etiology of clefts and craniofacial anomalies. Multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of speech and language skills, including articulation, receptive/expressive language, resonance, voice, and feeding issues. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 790 Seminar in Communicative Disorders (1-3 credits) Content varies. Seminar format to study topics associated with speech-language pathology and audiology. Prereq: Cons instr.

COMD 791 Graduate Practicum I (1 credit) Evaluation and management of persons with communicative disorders in the Center for Communicative Disorders and selected off campus facilities. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 792 Graduate Practicum II (2-4 credits) Evaluate and manage persons with communicative disorders in the Center for Communicative Disorders and select-ed off campus facilities. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 793 Graduate Practicum III (3 credits) Evaluate and manage persons with communicative disorders in the Center for Communicative Disorders and selected off campus facilities. Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 794 Graduate Practicum IV (2-4 credits) Evaluate and manage persons with communicative disorders in the Center for Communicative Disorders and selected off campus facilities. Prereq: cons instr

COMD 795 Externship in Speech-Language Pathology (11 credits) This final practicum is full time for one semester. It takes place in either a school setting if the student has completed DPI requirements or in a medical setting. Prereq: Completion of academic and practicum requirements.

COMD 796 Independent Study (1-3 credits) Prereq: cons instr.

COMD 797 Workshop (1 to 6 credits) Individual and/or group projects that expand the graduate program course content. May be repeated for credit with different content.

COMD 798 Externship for Practicing Clinicians (6-15 credits) Externship for practicing speech-language pathologists and audiologists with a master of science or arts degree in communication disorders holding a Certificate of Clinical Competence from ASHA, and who wish to complete the clinical requirements established by the Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction for certification. Consists of a minimum of 6 weeks in an educational setting. Prereq: Academic requirements for DPI license and permission of Academic Programs Committee.

COMD 799 Thesis (2-6 credits)

updated 1/08/2013