Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Goals and Learning Objectives
- Undergraduate program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
- Graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology
1. Students will develop an understanding of the basic components of human communication including their biological, neurological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic, social and cultural bases.
a. Students will represent the sounds of English using the IPA.
b. Students will identify the anatomical landmarks and basic functions of the systems of speech, language and hearing.
c. Students will identify the psychological, sociological and linguistic properties of language.
d. Students will identify the major developmental milestones of communication through the lifespan.
e. Students will identify and measure the physical and perceptual properties of sound and speech.
2. Students will understand the nature of communication disorders and communication differences.
a. Students will be able to identify language differences from disorders.
b. Students will be able to identify the normal variations that exist among speakers of a language.
c. Students will identify major disorders of speech, language and hearing, their associated etiologies, developmental impact and progression.
d. Students will be able to identify major disorders of speech and language in childhood, and discuss their associated etiologies, developmental impact and progression.
e. Students will identify major disorders of hearing, associated etiologies, developmental impact and progression.
3. Students will be able to integrate principles of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences with principles of clinical practice.
a. Students will apply knowledge of communication development and disorders to the assessment and treatment of individuals with communication disorders.
b. Students will apply knowledge of communication development and disorders to the assessment and treatment of children with communication disorders.
c. Students will observe and record aspects of clinical diagnosis and treatment.
d. Students will complete 25 hours of clinical observation.
e. Students will apply knowledge of hearing impairment to the treatment of individuals with hearing disorders.
4. Students will have increased knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities in their socio-cultural context.
a. Students will identify issues facing individuals with disabilities in society including developmental, social and educational aspects.
5. Students will analyze data and integrate their findings within existing frameworks and/or theories in the Speech- Language-Hearing Sciences.
a. Students will apply knowledge of theories of language development and disorder to models of assessment and treatment.
b. Students will transcribe samples of speech and language and interpret their developmental and clinical significance.
c. Students will evaluate and interpret measures of sound.
d. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate theoretical information into a case study presented orally.
e. Students will interpret audiometric information and discuss the psychological and social impact of the hearing disorder.
6. Students will evaluate research in the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
a. Students will integrate information from primary sources into a review of the literature.
b. Students will demonstrate proficiency in accessing information about communication sciences and disorders.
7. Students will have increased knowledge and understanding of cultural and linguistic diversity.
a. Students will identify cultural differences in child rearing, belief systems, educational values and familial and community characteristics.
8. Students will have increased knowledge of instrumentation and technology in the field of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
a. Students will identify instrumentation used to analyze acoustic information.
b. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computerized methods of transcription and analysis.
c. Students will identify instrumentation used to measure various aspects of hearing.
9. Students will have an increased understanding of professional practices in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
a. Students will identify the major professional organizations that promote the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
b. Students will identify the role of the Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist.
c. Students will identify the major components of the Code of Ethics for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
d. Students will identify and maintain procedures for client confidentiality.
e. Students will demonstrate professional behavior in a clinical setting, including timeliness, respectfulness and sensitivity to clients and family.