Courses

  • SAR SH 542: Aural Rehabilitation
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR SH 535
    An introduction to theory and techniques of audiologic habilitation and rehabilitation in audiology and speech-language pathology. The significance of Deaf world issues in the field of aural rehabilitation is addressed throughout the course.
  • SAR SH 547: Introduction to the Clinical Process I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SAR SH521, SH524, and SH531, or consent of instructor.
    This course is designed to prepare speech-language pathology students to enter into clinical practicum. Students will study theories of clinical process through guided observation experiences, culminating to a final mini-practicum experience. As part of this course, students will complete the ASHA requirement of 25 clinical observation hours.
  • SAR SH 548: Introduction to Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
    Pre-requisite: SH 524. This course will provide a broad overview of language disorders across the life span. Students will learn about the causes and characteristics of a variety of developmental and acquired language disorders. We will discuss assessment of language skills and various evidence-based treatment methodologies using video demonstration, live observation, and simulated practical experiences. 4 credits, 1st semester
  • SAR SH 605: Speech Sound Disorders
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor
    Current theoretical models of phonological development and analysis will be applied to decision making processes in assessment and treatment of speech sound disorders.
  • SAR SH 640: Senior Internship
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: SLHS majors only. SLHS minors with permission of instructor
    The goal of this capstone seminar is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the application of different types of evidence as a basis for practice in a variety of clinical and research internships related to the disciplines of speech language and hearing sciences.
  • SAR SH 647: Introduction to Clinical Process
    Graduate Prerequisites: Graduate program enrollment status and consent of instructor
    This course is designed to prepare first year MS-SLP students to enter into clinical practicum. Students will study theories of clinical process through guided observation experiences in preparation for SH740, their first practicum experience in the Boston University Academic Speech, Language and Hearing Center. Also as part of this course, students will complete the ASHA requirement of 25 clinical observation hours.
  • SAR SH 650: Healthcare Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor
    MS in Speech-Language Students only. The goal of this seminar is to provide students in medical field placements with knowledge regarding service delivery models, reimbursement issues, documentation requirements, assessment approaches, goal setting, interdisciplinary team approaches, prioritizing treatment concerns and discharge planning. Case study presentations and discussions will be generated from students' field placement experiences.
  • SAR SH 680: Neural Control of Speech
    The course will focus on speech motor control, i.e. the production of phoneme strings with minimal regard for linguistic content. More specifically, brain mechanisms responsible for commanding the musculature of the vocal tract to produce articulations that lead to an acoustic signal that conveys a desired string of syllables with a desired prosodic contour will be covered. This treatment will include neuroanatomical and neurophysiological descriptions of the primary brain structures involved in speech production, with particular emphasis on the cerebral cortex and its interactions with the cerebellum and basal ganglia using basic control theory concepts to explore the computations performed by these brain regions.
  • SAR SH 691: Introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    History and theory of non-speech communication. Survey of types of augmentative communication aids, techniques, and symbol systems including sign language, and traditional and nonstandard orthography. Speech, language, and communication assessment and intervention strategies for non-speech communication modes. Funding and advocacy issues and procedures.
  • SAR SH 700: Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    Evidence-based practice in the diagnosis and remediation of speech, language or hearing disorders requires the application of research methods to answering clinical questions. The course includes an introduction to a range of experimental designs, statistical analyses, and measurement approaches in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Contemporary journal articles are evaluated for quality and used as examples for sufficiency of evidence in clinical decision making.
  • SAR SH 702: Public School Programming in Speech-Language Pathology
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    MS Speech-Language Pathology students only. The goal of this seminar is to provide students in public school practicum placements with knowledge regarding school-related issues such as service delivery models, assessment approaches, curriculum frameworks, governing laws and regulations, and the consultation process.
  • SAR SH 703: Counseling in Speech-Language Pathology: An Introductory Seminar
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    MS Speech-Language students only. An introduction to the basic principles, theory, skills, and clinician characteristics necessary for counseling clients and their families. Emphasis is placed on the developing self-awareness and clinical presence as foundations for insight into the client's situation and choosing helpful responses.
  • SAR SH 708: Models of Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    This course is a comprehensive overview of structure and process in language use and development and includes a review on the structure of language in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis. In addition, the course will provide an overview of normal language processing in children by reviewing the stages of typical language acquisition. Finally, experimental methods and analysis tools commonly used in language research will be covered.
  • SAR SH 709: Language Sampling Analysis
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    This course provides students with the knowledge and skills required to elicit, transcribe and analyze conversation, narrative and expository language samples. Analyses in the areas of syntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse are presented and the strengths and weaknesses of each of the analyses are discussed. The course also includes a discussion of theoretical and clinical issues related to the use of language sampling and analysis in the assessment and treatment of language disorders.
  • SAR SH 715: Professional Issues
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    This course addresses professional issues relevant for graduate students preparing to transition into the work world. Topics addressed include preparing for professional certification exams, applying for licensure/certification, ethical challenges in the workplace, continuing education responsibilities, job seeking/interviewing and preparing documentation for graduation.
  • SAR SH 720: Craniofacial Disorders
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    Graduate Prerequisites: Consent of Instructor
    Ontogenetic, anatomic, and physiologic aspects of orofacial anomalies with an emphasis on cleft lip and palate. Issues involving a team approach to diagnosis and treatment including medical, surgical, prosthetic, and therapeutic procedures.
  • SAR SH 721: Motor Speech Disorders
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    In this course, students will review the neuroanatomy underlying motor speech disorders and will then learn about each type of motor speech disorder in detail. Most of the classes will cover specific types of dysarthria, but two sessions will focus on apraxia of speech. Clinical assessment protocols will be learned and treatment interventions will be covered. Each class will devote some time to listening and scoring audiotapes of patients with a dysarthria or apraxia of speech.
  • SAR SH 727: Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    This course provides students with the core features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and a description of the fundamental features of associated communication disorders. Students have the opportunity to examine receptive language, expressive language and pragmatics in individuals with ASD through video presentations and review of the literature. Students discuss and evaluate issues associated with ASD including early diagnosis, behavioral challenges, treatment techniques, and current issues in the field.
  • SAR SH 729: School-Age Language Disorders
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    This course provides students with a foundation of knowledge about the etiology and characteristics of language disorders in school-age children. Students will discuss the evolving language demands that children encounter as they progress through school, and will explore the impact of language disorders on academic performance and social interaction in the classroom. Students will come to appreciate the relationship between oral and written language development, as well as the role of the SLP in the assessment and treatment of written language disorders. This course gives students the tools necessary to effectively identify, evaluate and treat children with language, reading and writing disorders.
  • SAR SH 732: Fluency Disorders
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor.
    Theories, diagnosis, and approaches to modification of stuttering behavior. Analysis of cases and review of pertinent research.