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Communication Disorders Courses

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CD 110     SURVEY OF COMMUNICATION DISORDERS     (3 credits)
This class is designed to introduce the student to the Speech-Language Pathology Assistant-Paraprofessional program.  It will review the legal guidelines for the North Dakota Certificate of Completion, the academic requirements, the scope of practice for the paraprofessional, and include basic terminology and disorders.  The class will help a student decide if he or she should apply for admission to the program.

CD 210     INTRO TO COMMUNICATION DISORDERS     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  CD 110.  A Survey of various communication disorders: Language, phonology, fluency, voice, hearing impairment, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, aphasia.  Ten hours of clinical observation are required.

CD 220     APPLIED PHONETICS FOR SLPA     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  CD 210 and CD 221.  The purpose of this course is to study the production and perception of speech sounds and to learn to transcribe spoken language.  It will include learning and using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to transcribe both normal and disordered speech production.

CD 221     LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FOR SLPA     (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  CD 110.  The study of those events and processes which combine in relatively predictable and observable ways and are evidenced in the acquisition of language.

CD 222     ARTICULATORY/PHONOLOGICAL DISORDERS FOR SLPA     (3 credits)
Prerequisites:  CD 210 and CD 221.  A study of normal articulatory phonological development and the types, causes, and treatment of Articulatory-Phonological disorders.  Ten hours of clinical observation are required.  

CD 224     TECHNIQUES FOR SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANTS (3 credits)
Prerequisite:  CD 220 and CD 222.  Therapy approaches and techniques for planning and carrying out clinical practicum designed for assistants. 

CD 225     LANGUAGE DISORDERS & TREATMENT FOR THE SLPA     (3 credits)
The study of deviant language patterns in school-aged children and language differences among varied cultures.  Evidence based intervention techniques and strategies for children with language impairments will be covered. 

CD 241     PRACTICUM (Minimum of 100 Hours)     (4 credits)
Prerequisite:  CD 212 and CD 224.  Supervised practicum in a clinical setting.  Students must enroll for a minimum of 4 credits.

CD 242     AUDIOLOGY FOR SPEECH -LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ASSISTANTS     (2 credits)
This 2-hour elective course is designed to introduce the paraprofessional to the basic anatomy of the hearing mechanism.  Information will also be presented about hearing disorders, basic audiometric test procedures, and educational, medical, and technological intervention procedures.