Communication Disorders

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WEISS, DEBORAH, Professor and Chairperson
Phone: 203-392-6615
PURDY, MARY, Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 203.392.5959
MABRY, KELLY, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Phone: 203-392-5986
McCULLAGH, JENNIFER, Associate Professor and Chairperson of CMD Admissions Committee
Phone: 203-392-5961


COOK, BARBARA, Assistant Professor
DE JARNETTE, GLENDA, Professor
DEMPSEY, JAMES, J., Professor
HARPER, HILLARY, Assistant Professor
RAMACHANDAR, SUJINI, Assistant Professor
WARNER HEATHER, Assistant Professor
ZIPOLI, RICHARD, Assistant Professor

Communication Disorders, M.S. Speech and Language Pathologist PK-12, Educator Preparation Program

The Master of Science degree with a major in Speech-Language Pathology prepares students to practice in public and private schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private practice as speech-language pathologists.

CMD 503 - Research Methods in Communication Disorders

Research techniques and experimental design schemes, critical reviewing of the current literature, oral technical reporting and reporting by written technical papers. Scheduled fall and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

CMD 527 - Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders

Survey of neurologically-based disorders of speech in adults and children. Differential diagnosis and treatment of the dysarthrias, apraxia of speech, and aphasia. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 418 and departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 531 - Disorders of Phonology

Etiology and nature of articulation/phonology disorders and theoretical considerations underlying successful assessment and clinical procedures. Scheduled fall and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

CMD 537 - Cognitively-Based Communication Disorders in Adults

Survey of cognitively-based communication disorders in adults including: right brain damage, traumatic brain injury and dementia. Emphasis on differential diagnosis with some discussion of treatment planning. Scheduled fall and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 418 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

CMD 545 - Disorders of Fluency

Theories of the causes of fluency disorders; methods of examination, diagnosis, therapy and research in fluency. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 550 - Language Acquisition Disorders: Birth to Five

Instruction in developmentally appropriate practices for young children and individuals with a range of disabilities. Formal and naturalistic assessment methods will be introduced. Experience will be gained with child-centered, clinician-directed and hybrid methods of intervention. Family-centered and culturally sensitive practice will be emphasized as well as use of alternative and augmentative communication strategies. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 319 and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 551 - Language Disorders: School-Age

Instruction in the assessment and treatment of language-learning disorders in school-age children and adolescents. Introduction of assessment methods to evaluate conversation, narration, and written language with emphasis on curriculum-based methods. Intervention techniques that integrate oral and written language, develop learning strategies, and involve collaboration among professionals will be discussed with emphasis on student-centered and culturally sensitive practices. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 419 and departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 559 - Educational Audiology

Methods of intervention in communication disorders related to loss of hearing and auditory deprivation for school-aged children. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 530 or equivalent and departmental pe rmission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

CMD 560 - Speech and Language Practicum A

Supervised clinical practice at the Center for Communication Disorders with children and adults who have language, speech and hearing disorders. Training in clinical procedures involving evaluation and remediation of communication disorders. Individual and group sessions are included. Each student is required to attend a staffing session each week. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 561 - Speech and Language Practicum B

Supervised clinical practice at the Center for Communication Disorders with children and adults who have language, speech and hearing disorders. Training in clinical procedures involving evaluation and remediation of communication disorders. Individual and group sessions are included. Each student is required to attend a staffing session each week. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 562 - School Practicum

An advanced practicum. Students are assigned to approved school settings. Students are expected to complete in hours the equivalent of full-time employment at the setting for one semester. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): completion of all on-campus practica and departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 564 - Speech and Language Practicum C

Clinical practicum and weekly lectures/meetings focusing on advanced skill development necessary for planning and executing therapeutic services, including diagnostic assessment of speech, language, and related communication disorders, interpreting and reporting clinical findings, and developing and implementing appropriate recommendations for intervention. Scheduled fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 561 and departmental permission.

5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 568 - Audiology Practicum

Supervised clinical practice in audiology at the Center for Communication Disorders with children and adults who have all degrees of hearing sensitivity. Training in clinical procedures, including case history taking and the evaluation and rehabilitation of hearing disorders. Individual and group sessions may be included. Each student is required to attend a staffing session each week. Scheduled fall, spring and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 321 or equivalent and departmental pe rmission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 569 - Advanced Clinical Practicum

An advanced practicum. Students are assigned to approved practicum settings including hospitals, rehabilitation settings, private practice, early intervention programs, or specialized educational programs. A minimum of 25 hours per week is required at the assigned site.

Prerequisite(s): completion of all on-campus practica and departmental permission.

6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 575 - Central Auditory Processing Disorders in Children

Theory, diagnosis, and treatment underlying central auditory processing disorders in children as differentiated from language and learning disorders. Emphasis is placed on both behavioral and electrophysiological assessment protocols and their relationship to therapeutic intervention. Scheduled fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 530 or equivalent and departmental pe rmission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Winter Session 2017

CMD 583 - Voice and Velopharyngeal Disorders

Theory, diagnosis and treatment underlying the articulation, resonance, and phonatory problems associated with voice and velopharyngeal disorders. Consideration is given to current research in etiology, technology, and multicultural issues affecting appropriate intervention. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 317, CMD 420 and departmental permiss ion.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 590 - Thesis Seminar I

Development of a thesis proposal.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 591 - Thesis Seminar II

Implementation of research design from approved thesis proposal and written presentation of the findings.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission and CMD 590.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 600 - Directed Study and Research

Directed study and research project under guidance of a faculty member. Regularly scheduled meetings, and examination upon the completion of the project. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2015

CMD 602 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Principles of assessment and intervention for persons requiring augmentative and alternative communication strategies. Topics will include low and high technology aids and adaptations, symbol systems, vocabulary selection, interdisciplinary team work, and procuring funding. Scheduled spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 605 - Special Project in Communication Disorders

Synthesis of research, theory, and practice in communication disorders. Scheduled fall and spring semesters.

Prerequisite(s): 35 credits in Communication Disorders and departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 608 - Topics in Medical Speech-Language Pathology

The role of the speech-language pathologist working in a variety of medical settings will be discussed in the context of managing medically complex patients. Topics may include documentation, interprofessional collaboration, low-incidence/high-rish patient management, and medical ethics.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

CMD 610 - Communication and Developmental Disabilities

A survey course regarding the speech-language status of individuals with intellectual disability, autism, and cerebral palsy. Course content will include developmental concerns, current research, assessment practices, and speech-language intervention. Scheduled alternate fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 627 - Dysphagia

Reviews the anatomical bases of normal and disordered swallowing in children and adults. Students develop an understanding of dysphagia, fundamentals of assessment (clinical, fluoroscopic and endoscopic methods) and the current approaches to treatment of the patient with dysphagia. Scheduled wintersessions and summer semesters.

Prerequisite(s): CMD 317 and CMD 418 departmental permissi on.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

CMD 652 - Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Study of the social, cognitive, neurological, and communicative aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. A range of assessment techniques and instruments for individuals at various levels of functioning will be stressed.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

CMD 656 - Literacy in the Practice of Speech-Language Pathology

Literacy issues pertinent to the SLP working with clients across the lifespan, preschool through adulthood. Presentation of theoretical models, research, and best practice concerning relationships between oral language development/disorders and literacy development/disabilities. Scheduled fall semesters.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

CMD 665 - Counseling and Guidance Procedures in Speech and Hearing

Thoroughly acquaints the student with those counseling and guidance procedures necessary for the most efficient rehabilitation of the patient with a speech and/or hearing disorder. Interview techniques, parent-child relationships, and client and family adjustment problems will be discussed. Scheduled summer and fall semesters.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission. 

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016