Communication Sciences and Disorders 604

COSD 604: Advanced Studies in Articulatory and Phonologic Disorders

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission

Credit Hours: (3)

A study of articulatory and phonological disorders with special emphasis on research, advanced assessment measures and intervention.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The following topics will be presented


  • Philosophies
  • Normal Aspects of Articulation
    • Segmental aspects of speech
    • Suprasegmental Aspects of Speech
    • Review of Phonetic Transcription
    • Developmental norms
    • Dialectal differences
      • Regional and cultural variations
      • Second language influences
  • Overview of Treatment Options
    • Cognitive-Linguistic options
    • Motor Speech options
  • Literature review: Treatment efficacy
  • Assessment and Analysis Procedures
    • Speech Sampling & Recording
    • Independent and Relational Analyses
    • Pattern Analyses
      • Phonological Processes
      • Phonological systems
      • Computer assisted Analyses
    • Determining Intelligibility and Severity
    • Oral peripheral assessment
    • Hearing Screening/Assessment Issues
  • Factors Related to Phonological disorders
    • Types of research
    • Factors related to Structure and Function of the Speech-Language-Hearing Mechanism
      • Hearing loss
      • Speech Sound Perception (SSP)
      • Minor Structural Variations of the Speech Mechanism
      • Major Structural Variations of the Speech Mechanism
      • Oral Sensory Function
      • Motor Abilities
      • Tongue Thrust
      • Neuromotor Disorders
      • Cognitive Linguistic Factors
        • Intelligence
        • Language Development
        • Academic Performance/ Phonological Awareness
      • Psychosocial factors
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Treatment of Phonological/Articulatory Disorders
    • Goal setting & Target Selection
    • Writing Goals, Objectives, & Procedures
    • Principles of Instruction
    • Strategies
      • Program structure (vertical, horizontal, cyclical)
      • Intervention style
    • Treatment Approaches
      • Motor Speech Approaches
      • Cognitive Linguistic Approaches
    • Generalization
    • Special Problems
  • Using Technology in Assessing and Treating Disordered Phonology


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Classes will include both instructor lecture and student presentations. Students will present research articles relevant to the area of discussion. Students will be expected to present and critique the content of professional literature regarding design, relvance, and applicability.

In addition, students will complete a major phonological analysis project which requires them to transcribe a phonological sample of a client with a phonological/articulatory disorder. Once the sample is transcribed, students will complete independent and relational analyses, and a phonological or other pattern analysis. Students are encouraged to use computer assisted analysis software for this project.

These approaches to the conduct of the course are expected to provide the student with the breadth and depth of information necessary for professional clinical practice as well as show the student how to seek, consider, judge, and interpret relevant research in articulatory and phonologic disorders. Such skills are crucial ones in being a competent professional.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The objectives of this course are for students to

1. demonstrate understanding of the processes involved in normal and disordered phonology
2. develop skills in reading and critically evaluating research in phonological disorders
3. accurately transcribe disordered phonology
4. accurately assess, analyze, and describe disordered phonology
5. identify factors related to phonological/articulatory disorders
6. plan and implement intervention that reflects current theory and research
7. identify appropriate uses of technology in the assessment and management of articulatory and phonological disorders.
8. communicate assessment and intervention information in a professional manner, both orally and in writing.


Assessment Measures

Students will read a variety of current research articles and book chapters. Frequent short quizzes will cover assigned readings and phonetic transcriptions. Students will complete a 4-stage analysis project to include

1. Transcribed sample of speech
2. Independent & Relational Analysis
3. Pattern Analysis
4. Summary Statement

Each student, either individually or in small teams, will choose a special interest topic and complete an in-class poster presentation about that topic in a format similar to poster sessions at professional conferences.


Other Course Information




August 2001 Revised to elaborate on Raymond Linville, Chairperson