Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (Sargent College)

Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism

SAR SH 522

Study of the physiological structures and functions that underlie speech production. Emphasis is placed on the respiratory, phonatory, and articulatory systems. Introduction to neuroanatomy and neural control of the production of speech as well as dysfunction of these normal processes in clinical disorders is included. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Language Acquisition

SAR SH 524

Focuses on first language acquisition in infancy and childhood. Covers the progression of language development in each of the traditional areas of linguistic analysis: phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. The course is focused on experimental research in typical language acquisition and on different theories that strive to explain the underlying cognitive and linguistic mechanisms at work in an early learner. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 5-August 11)

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Diagnostic Audiology

SAR SH 535

Requires both lecture and lab to cover hearing assessment through the use of pure-tone and speech audiometric techniques as well as the measurement of middle-ear function. The course also includes information about the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, acoustics, and the effect of noise on hearing. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 1 (May 24-June 30)

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Aural Rehabilitation

SAR SH 542

Hybrid course. Prereq: (SAR SH 535 or SAR SH 630). 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. This is a blended course. Half of the assigned lectures are given online. Face-to-face meetings are held on Thursdays from 4-7:30 pm. 4 cr. Tuition: $2560

Summer 2 (July 7-August 11)

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Advanced Topics

SAR SH 710

Topic for Summer 2016: 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. Tuition: $1482

Summer 1 (May 20-May 21)

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Advanced Topics

SAR SH 710

Topic for Summer 2016: 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. Tuition: $1482

Summer 1 (May 19-June 2)

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Advanced Topics

SAR SH 710

Topic for Summer 2016: Neuropathology of Degenerative Disease: Implications for Treatment Planning for the Speech Language Pathologist. Designed to provide Speech Language Pathologists with information on the specific neuropathology of neurodegenerative disease, such as ALS and Parkinson’s Disease, along with its associated disorders and how this relates to the selection of appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic protocols/goals for the patient with communication and swallowing disorders. In addition, use of a team approach is addressed noting each member’s unique contributions and responsibilities and how each can complement the communication/swallowing goals. 1 cr. Tuition: $1482

Summer 1 (June 9-June 23)

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Advanced Topics

SAR SH 710

Topic for Summer 2016: AAC Assessment and Intervention in the Intensive Care/Acute Care Setting: From Referral Through the Continuum of Care. Prereq: coursework in rehab sciences or consent of instructor. The inability to communicate in hospital can be terrifying for the patient but may also negatively impact patient care, recovery, and satisfaction. Details the broad scope of communication vulnerability in the hospital setting and examines the important role of augmentative communication in supporting patients who are communication vulnerable to more successfully engage in their own care. Through the successes of the Boston Children’s Hospital inpatient AAC program, the first of its kind in the nation, this course explores the clinical and administrative considerations that are generalizable to pediatric and adult care and focus on meeting the needs of communication vulnerable patients. Content includes: defining and recognizing communication vulnerability, changes to national Joint Commission standards that require a strategy, pre-operative and bedside assessment consideration, profiles of patient candidacy for AAC and three phases of intervention, overview of potential electronic and nonelectronic AAC tools and strategies, interdisciplinary collaboration, and lessons learned in establishing a dedicated AAC program in a pediatric ICU/acute care setting. 1 cr. Tuition: $1482

Summer 1 (June 10-June 11)

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Voice Disorders

SAR SH 733

Prereq: For MS-SLP students only or with consent of the instructor. Anatomical and physiological bases of voice production. Diagnosis and therapy for phonatory disorders in children and adults. Function of the team philosophy for speech pathologists in vocal rehabilitation. 2 cr. Tuition: $2964

Summer 1 (May 24-July 26)

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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, anoxia, right hemisphere stroke, and dementia. 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. 3 cr. Tuition: $4446

Summer 1 (May 25-July 27)

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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. Upon successful completion of SAR SH 737, students are assigned to the Boston University Speech, Language, and Hearing Center Diagnostic Team. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification. Variable cr. Tuition: $1482 per credit

Summer 1 and Summer 2 (May 23-August 12)

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Clinical Practicum: Speech and Language

SAR SH 742

Students are assigned their second field-based experience from a variety of clinical settings. Upon successful completion of SH 741 and SH 737, students are assigned to a Diagnostic Team. Students may also be assigned to Boston University specialty clinics. Acceptable clinical hours may be applied to certification. Variable cr. Tuition: $1482 per credit

Summer 1 and Summer 2 (May 23-August 12)

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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. Tuition: $1482 per credit

Summer 1 and Summer 2 (May 23-August 12)

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