Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders

Jean Neils-Strunjas, Department Head
Academic Complex 104
(270) 745-4541
communicationdisorders@wku.edu

Accreditation
The Master of Science education program in speech-language pathology at Western Kentucky University is accredited by:
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
2200 Research Boulevard, #310
Rockville, MD 20850
800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700
accreditation@asha.org

Faculty

Professor

Jean Neils-Strunjas, PhD (Communication Sciences), Case Western Reserve University, 1984

Associate Professor

Lauren E. Bland, PhD (Communication Disorders), University of Cincinnati Main Campus, 1995

Barbara R. Brindle, PhD (Education, Speech Pathology and Audiology), University of Virginia, 1994

Richard A. Dressler, PhD (Audiology Speech Pathology), University of Memphis, 2001

Jo L. Shackelford, EdD (Educational Leadership, Postsecondary Leadership), Western Kentucky University, 2012

Assistant Professor

Ashley C. Fox, PhD (Educational Leadership and Organizational Development), University of Louisville, 2010

Kimberly J. Green, EdD (Educational Leadership, Postsecondary Leadership), Western Kentucky University, 2015

Brian K. Weiler, MS (Hearing and Speech Sciences), Vanderbilt University, 2007

Clinical Assistant Professor

Jeffrey A. Barefoot, AUD (Audiology), A T Still University of Health Scien, 2013

Clinical Associate Professor

Leisa S. Hutchison, MSED (Special Education, Speech and Communication Disorders), University of Kentucky, 1986

Leigh A. Roden-Carrier, EdD (Educational Leadership, P-12 Leadership), Western Kentucky University, 2011

Instructor I

Janice C. Smith, PhD (Rehabilitation Sciences), University of Kentucky, 2015


Communication Disorders Courses

CD 486G   Language Disorders    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Identification, diagnosis, and treatment approaches used with language delayed children. Covers current state and federal legislation as related to service delivery models. Evaluation strategies include language sampling and report writing. Treatment approaches based on medical and educational models with emphasis on functional language therapy.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Speech Language Pathology Courses

SLP 500   Research Methodology in Communication Sciences and Disorders    3 Hours

Interpretation of empirical research designs used in the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. Includes understanding the various statistical analysis used to determine research outcomes and their relevance to clinical practice.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; fall 2017

SLP 501   Early Intervention in Speech-Language Pathology    3 Hours

Theory and practice in the assessment and intervention of speech and language disorders in the infant/toddler population.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate program in SLP or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SLP 502   Motor Speech Disorders    3 Hours

The etiologies, communication characteristics, appraisal and treatment of motor speech disorders in children and adults.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SLP 503   Advanced Diagnostic Procedures    3 Hours

Teaches in depth assessment, interpretation of results and clinical report writing skills. Focus on identification of pediatric to geriatric persons with communication disabilities in various clinical settings. Addresses assessment in multicultural populations. Elaboration and extension of basic diagnostic skills and techniques.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SLP 504   Seminar in Language Disorders of Childhood    3 Hours

Topics cover language disorders from infancy through adolescence; discussion of an integrated model of language, reading, and writing intervention; discussion of multicultural and bilingual issues.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SLP 505   Orofacial Anomalies    3 Hours

Etiology, diagnosis, and management of speech/language dysfunctions associated with cleft palate and other syndromes resulting from neuropathologies.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2017

SLP 506   Dysfluency    3 Hours

Literature review of stuttering and other fluency disorders with emphasis on assessment and clinical management of fluency disorders in children and adults.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SLP 507   Aphasia    3 Hours

Symptomatology, etiology, differential diagnosis, and remediation of adult aphasia
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

SLP 508   Voice Disorders    3 Hours

Diagnosis and remediation techniques for voice disorders in children and adults. Rehabilitation of the laryngectomee including use of electrolarynx, esophageal speech, and other voice substitutes.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SLP 509   Speech Science    3 Hours

Study and review of current research in acoustics, speech production, and speech perception. Emphasis on physiological, acoustical and biomedical recording, measurement and interpretation of speech signals.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; winter 2017

SLP 510   Seminar in Professional Issues    3 Hours

Current local, regional, and national issues that impact service delivery by the speech pathologist and audiologist. Includes ethics and requirements for state and American Speech-Language Hearing Association certification and licensure.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016

SLP 511   Neurology Speech Language    3 Hours

Study of nervous system organization and how it affects speech, language, and swallowing. Areas of speech, language, and cognition that are affected by diseases, trauma, and disorders. Medical testing including CT scan, MRI, functional imaging and application in the profession are discussed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SLP 512   Seminar in Phonology    3 Hours

Prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, and management of appropriate intervention strategies for persons presenting with articulation and/or phonological disorders as well as dialectal variations of speech sound production.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SLP 513   Cognitive Linguistic Disorders    3 Hours

Neural based communicative linguistic disorders, with an emphasis on traumatic brain injury, dementia, and other etiologies that cause cognitive linguistic disorders. Identification, assessment, therapeutic strategies and classification of cognitive linguistic disorders.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017

SLP 514   Dysphagia    3 Hours

Etiology, characteristics, assessment, intervention protocols and treatment techniques for individuals with dysphagia.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SLP 515   Rehabilitation Audiology    3 Hours

Methods and procedures for evaluating hearing loss and the selection and fitting of amplification across the lifespan will be addressed. Intervention techniques and counseling will be discussed.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SLP 517   Normal Language Development    3 Hours

Introduction to development of speech and language across the lifespan with emphasis on comprehensive child development. Topics include development of speech and language, play, cognition, socialization, and emerging literacy.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SLP 518   Advanced Alternative and Augmentative Communication Modalities    3 Hours

Surveys terminology and service delivery for alternative and augmentative communication; specifies the rationale for high or low tech device selection based on client needs.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; summer 2017

SLP 550   Speech-Language Pathology and Counseling: Strategies for Clinical Practice    3 Hours

Designed to teach clinicians how to help clients and their families in a positive, empathetic manner. Disorder-specific guidance with respect to client/family understanding of the communication impairment will be presented. Students will be given opportunities to apply their knowledge through interpretation of research and evaluation of case studies.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

SLP 557   Speech-Language Pathology and Autism Spectrum Disorders    3 Hours

Development of strategies for speech-language pathologists to assess and treat the social and communication needs of those with autism spectrum disorders.
Prerequisite(s): SLP 501 and SLP 504.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

SLP 558   Interprofessional Practice Across the Lifespan    3 Hours

Principles of interprofessional collaboration and exploration of roles of family/caregivers and health care and educational professionals; interprofessional communication, decision making and collaborative team problem solving as it relates to a variety of settings across the lifespan.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015

SLP 560   Medical Speech- Language Pathology    3 Hours

Current issues encountered in the medical environment in preparation for an externship and career in a healthcare setting. Collaborative roles, ethics, documentation, communication, advanced diagnostics (MBS), impact of various medical conditions on communication, cognition, and swallowing.
Prerequisite(s): SLP 514.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017; summer 2017

SLP 567   School Based Speech-Language Pathology    3 Hours

Review, analysis and critique of speech-language pathology service delivery in schools, including credentialing, professional issues, regulations, due process, assessment, and treatment.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2016; fall 2017

SLP 570   Administration and Supervision in Speech Language Pathology    3 Hours

Review of the types of supervision found in speech-language pathology at the pre-professional and professional levels; the administration of speech programs in various settings will be described; ASHA and CAA standards will be targeted.
Prerequisite(s): Master's degree in SLP or permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SLP 572   Contemporary Issues in Communication Disorders    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

An in-depth examination of a topic of current interest and relevance to speech-language pathologists.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; summer 2016; winter 2017; summer 2017

SLP 575   The Speech Language Pathologist's Role in Literacy Practice    3 Hours

An examination of how difficulties involving phonological awareness, memory, retrieval, language demands of textbooks, academic talk, and curriculum may stress a student's capabilities at different ages and grade levels and learn how speech-language pathologists can assess and provide intervention.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2017

SLP 579   Seminar in Professional Issues    1 Hour

Current local, regional, and national issues that impact speech-language pathology service delivery. Includes requirements for state licensure and national certification.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017

SLP 580   Clinical Observation    1 Hour

Provides graduate speech-language pathology students with opportunities to observe, evaluate, then analyze a variety of professional assessment and intervention sessions. A minimum of 25 hours of treatment or assessment of communication disorders in children or adults is required.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

SLP 588   Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology    1 Hour

Introduction to clinical policies and procedures in speech-language pathology.
Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to SLP graduate program and permission of instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

SLP 589   Special Topics in Communication Disorders    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Independent but guided inquiry of pre-approved topics in the field of Speech Pathology-Audiology. Not substituted for course offered same term.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; spring 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SLP 590   Clinical Internship    1 Hour (repeatable max of 2 hrs)

Advanced, supervised, clinical practicum that provides varied on-campus experiences with clients presenting communication disorders. Maximum of one hour allowed per semester.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $250
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SLP 591   Clinical Externship    2,3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Advanced, supervised clinical experience in a variety of settings external to the campus. Maximum of 3 hours per semester.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Course Fee: $50
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

SLP 596   International Speech-Language Pathology    3 Hours

Knowledge and understanding of how speech and language services are rendered in other countries will be gained through study abroad.
Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate program in SLP and Permission of Instructor.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

SLP 599   Thesis Research and Writing    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Faculty supervised research project on a topic related to speech-language pathology.
Prerequisite(s): SLP 500, Admission to graduate program in SLP and Permission of Instructor.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; fall 2017

SLP 600   Maintaining Matriculation    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Maintaining matriculation while completing thesis or comprehensive examination.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all program requirements except thesis or comprehensive examination.
Grade Mode: Non-graded
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017