Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (Sargent College)

Advanced Topics

SAR SH 710

Topic for Summer 2018: Clinical Supervision in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Practicing speech-language pathologists and audiologists have historically had responsibility for supervising students, clinical fellows, and professionals. ASHA's recent position papers on supervision have recognized supervision as a distinct area of expertise and practice. This course examines a collegial model of supervision that can serve as a framework for supervising personnel at different levels and in different practice settings. Adult learning styles, skill acquisition patterns, and critical thinking development are discussed as they relate to effective supervisory practices. 1 cr.

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Advanced Topics

SAR SH 710

Topic for Summer 2018: Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders. Designed to provide information on the development of pediatric feeding and swallowing and their associated disorders. Includes an overview of normal development, including breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and transition onto solids; anatomy, physiology, and neurology of pediatric feeding and swallowing; and the epidemiology of common pediatric feeding and swallowing problems. The course covers formal and informal clinical assessment; instrumental assessments; treatment of pediatric feeding and swallowing problems, including the use of thickened fluids, modified diets, special equipment, positioning, oral sensory-motor therapy, and behavioral feeding therapy. A team structure approach is emphasized along with the importance of counseling families and caregivers, including a discussion of multicultural feeding influences. Students will be able to implement assessment and therapy tasks in the form of hands-on skills and integrate these with patient interaction skills via immersive scenarios, simulation equipment and staff role-play of situations commonly encountered in clinical practice. 1 cr.

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Acquired Cognitive Disorders

SAR SH 734

Prereq: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor. An introduction to rehabilitation of individuals with acquired cognitive disorders, including traumatic brain injury and anoxia. Primary focus is on the role of the speech-language pathologist and the knowledge and skills required for diagnosis and treatment of this population across the recovery continuum from acute care to post-acute rehabilitation and reintegration into the community. Particular focus is given to understanding the relationship between language and cognition. Presents formal and informal assessment tools, treatment paradigms, function of the interdisciplinary team, prevention, advocacy, and strategies to address the needs of family members. 2 cr.

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Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 741

Prereq: successful completion of SAR SH 740 and consent of clinical faculty. Students are assigned to their first field-based experience from a variety of clinical settings. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification. Variable cr.

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Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 742

Prereq: For MS-SLP students only. Students are assigned their second field-based experience from a variety of clinical settings. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification. Variable cr.

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Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 743

Diagnosis and therapy with speech, language, and voice disorders. Differential diagnosis, counseling with parents, and cooperation with allied professional personnel. Students are assigned to a variety of clinical settings to work under certified personnel. Variable cr.

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Clinical Practicum: Diagnostics

SAR SH 744

Prereq: For MS-SLP students only. Upon successful completion of SAR SH737 and SAR 740, students are assigned to the Boston University Speech, Language, and Hearing Center Diagnostic Team. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification. 1 cr.

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