CDS Courses

CDS199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

CDS344 - Introduction to Hearing and Speech Science (3 cr.)

Fundamental concepts of acoustics are integrated with the known mechanisms of speech production and auditory processing to develop the basic science foundations of human communication. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CDS343.

CDS410 - Communication Systems and Disorders (3 cr.)

Review of physical systems and theoretical models in normal speech, voice and language, and etiological processes and characteristics of select communication disorders beyond the introductory level. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CDS445 or CDS448.

CDS443 - Aural Rehabilitation (3 cr.)

This course presents rehabilitative and habilitative techniques for the adult and pediatric hearing impaired population. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CDS345.

CDS445 - Introduction to Articulation and Phonology (3 cr.)

This course will provide information regarding the etiology, diagnosis and therapeutic management of functional and organically-based articulatory and phonological impairments. Normal and impaired development of the articulatory and phonological systems will be described. Specific assessment, diagnostic and intervention procedures will be explained. A general introduction to speech impairments exhibited by individuals with cerebral palsy and cleft palate will be presented. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: CDS342 and junior standing.

CDS448 - Language and Literacy Disorders in Children (3 cr.)

This course will provide the student with information regarding oral and written language impairments exhibited by children diagnosed with specific language impairment, language learning disability, or other handicapping conditions such as autistic disorder. Students will be presented with information regarding etiologies of language impairments, description of language impairments, assessment principles and techniques, and intervention procedures appropriate to different age levels and language characteristics. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: CDS241 and junior standing.

CDS465 - Senior Capstone (2 cr.)

Students (a) develop a clinical topic of interest in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology; (b) research relevant variables of communication disorder, such as its nature, etiology, assessment, differential diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment; and (c) produce a written final product to be presented to the faculty. Emphasis is placed on researching, analyzing, and presenting the current professional literature on the topic of interest. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisite: senior standing.

CDS499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

CDS528 - Clinical Methods (1 cr.)

Students receive training in a variety of areas that is required before they can begin their clinical experience. They are guided through various aspects of the therapeutic process that are similar across disorder categories and receive personalized information and feedback on their personal experiences with clients. All of this is put in the context of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Standards, Code of Ethics, and Scope of Practice thus building the connection to the field of speech-language pathology. (Fall).

CDS531 - Language Disorders in Young Children (3 cr.)

Identification and application of studies in normal language acquisition to the study of communication development in infants and the study of preschool language and learning disorders; emphasis on the assessment of, and intervention with, infants and preschoolers and their families. Content includes interdisciplinary views of the child with communication challenges; issues in communication, social-emotional and cognitive development; related language impairments of various etiologies; challenges in learning and in the classroom for children with language impairments; use of assistive technology; and working as a team member with caregivers, school personnel and other professionals in assessment and intervention. (Spring). Prerequisites: graduate level standing; the equivalent of a college-level course in child language development

CDS532 - Language and Literacy Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents (3 cr.)

Characteristics, assessment and intervention of oral and written language disorders in school-age children including: risk factors, impact of commonly co-occurring cognitive characteristics (e.g., executive dysfunction), manifestations of language disorders in various language systems and forms (syntax, semantics, phonology, morphology, pragmatics, narrative language, metalinguistics), multicultural issues, assessment, public and professional policies, assistive technology, and evidence-based practices. (Fall). Prerequisite: graduate standing; college-level course in normal language development.

CDS533 - Neuroanatomy and Physiology of Communication (3 cr.)

General human neuroanatomy and physiology with emphasis on the neuropathologies of communication. (Fall).

CDS534 - Motor Speech Disorders (2 cr.)

Topics include the nature, etiology, assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment of motor speech disorders in children and adults. There is an emphasis on perceptual assessment, neuroanatomical bases of motor control, evidence based practices, and principles of motor learning used in the clinical treatment of motor speech disorders. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: CDS533, CDS535.

CDS535 - Aphasia (3 cr.)

The nature, etiology, assessment, differential diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of aphasia in the adult are presented against a background of models of cortical and subcortical neuropathologies underlying specific deficits of speech, language and communication processes. Children, adolescents and adults will be addressed. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: CDS533.

CDS536 - Dysphagia (3 cr.)

This course will provide students with information regarding normal and disordered swallowing/glutition. Anatomy and physiology of swallowing, and the processes of evaluating, diagnosing and treating oropharyngeal dysphagia across the life span will be covered. Students will demonstrate skills in these areas of management. Various technological methods for assessment will be presented. Interdisciplinary concerns and the impacts of ethical and cognitive issues will be discussed. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisite: CDS533.

CDS537 - Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems (3 cr.)

Application of current literature on alternative/augmentative communication with a focus on assessment and management of the communication abilities of individuals across the lifespan. Topics include: normal communication development; assessment of cognitive, motor, social and communication skills; etiological factors related to the need for AAC; planning of therapeutic strategies and objectives; training and use of AAC in school, hospital, clinical and home settings; use of assistive technology; assessment of intervention efficacy; and multidisciplinary learning in assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: a college-level course in normal language development. (Summer).

CDS539 - Cognitive Rehabilitation (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the neurological, cognitive, and communicative changes associated with traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere CVA, normal aging, and the dementias. Emphasis will bear on the nature, symptomatology, assessment, and rehabilitation techniques of these cognitive/linguistic disorders. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: CDS533.

CDS540 - Evaluation in Speech-Language Pathology (0 to 3 cr.)

Topics include: purposes and types of assessment used in speech-language pathology, standardized and non-standardized assessment, ethics in assessment, gathering case history information, interviewing, counseling, multicultural and linguistic diversity issues, sources of test bias, minimizing bias, psychometric concepts in assessment, test administration and scoring, test interpretation, report writing, and oral structure and function examination. (Fall).

CDS542 - Clinical Practicum for Beginning Clinicians (0 to 3 cr.)

Beginning, supervised practice in the Speech and Hearing Center with children or adults displaying communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing to foster the development of basic clinical skills. Intense supervision will be provided. May be repeated five times for a total of six credits. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: matriculated graduate status or department approval for graduate level clinical assignments.

CDS543 - Clinic Practicum for Intermediate (0 to 3 cr.)

Intermediate, supervised practice in the Speech and Hearing Center with children or adults displaying communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing to foster the continued development of clinical skills. Moderate supervision will be provided. May be repeated five times for a total of six credits. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisite: CDS 542.

CDS544 - Clinical Practicum (0 to 3 cr.)

Advanced, supervised practice in the Speech and Hearing Center with children or adults displaying communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing to foster the development of advanced clinical performance and independent application of knowledge. Minimal supervision will be provided. May be repeated up to five times for a total of six credits. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: CDS543.

CDS545 - Public School Practicum (1 to 6 cr.)

Advanced, supervised practice in a public or private school setting with children who display communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Moderate to minimal supervision will be provided. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: CDS543 and POI.

CDS546 - Clinical Practicum - Off Campus I (0 to 6 cr.)

Advanced, supervised practice in off-campus sites with children or adults displaying communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Moderate to minimal supervision will be provided. May be repeated up to five times for a total of six credits.(Fall/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: CDS543 and POI.

CDS547 - Evaluation Clinic (0 to 1 cr.)

Advanced, supervised assessment in the Speech and Hearing Center of children or adults displaying communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Moderate supervision will be provided. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisites: CDS540 and CDS542.

CDS548 - Audiology Clinic (0 to 1 cr.)

Beginning, supervised practice in the Speech and Hearing Center with persons displaying communication problems in the area of hearing. Intense supervision will be provided. (Fall/Summer/Spring). Prerequisites: matriculated graduate status or meet eligibility requirements for graduate level clinical assignments.

CDS549 - Thesis Research in Communicative Disorders (3 cr.)

Research for master's degree candidates choosing the thesis option.

CDS550 - Social, Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Correlates of Communication Disorders (3 cr.)

Description and exploration of relationships between communication disorders and a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive impairments in children and adults; analysis of these deficits with respect to language-learning disabled children, as well as to special populations including autism spectrum disorders, selective mutism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, abused/neglected children; and psychogenic communication disorders. Delineation of assessment and intervention methods, and the roles of the speech/language pathologist in the assessment and management of these disorders as part of a professional team. (Spring).

CDS551 - Clinical Practicum - Off Campus II (0 to 6 cr.)

Advanced, supervised practice in off-campus sites with children or adults displaying communication problems in one or more of the following areas: speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Moderate to minimal supervision will be provided. May be repeated for a total of six credits. (Fall/Summer). Prerequisites: CDS543 and POI.

CDS561 - Articulation/Phonological Development and Disorders (3 cr.)

Application of current literature on articulation and phonological development and disorders focusing on assessment and management in the clinic and the classroom. Topics include: theories of phonological development; assessment and treatment of articulation and phonological impairments across the lifespan; task analysis in the development of therapeutic objectives; evidence-based practice intervention techniques; measuring and maintaining records of progress; and the relationship between literacy, phonology and phonological awareness. Theoretical and clinical issues will be presented and discussed. (Fall). Prerequisites: graduate-level standing; a course in phonetics.

CDS562 - Voice and Voice Disorders (0 to 3 cr.)

Vocal parameters, normal development, anatomy and physiology of the voice are reviewed. A working knowledge of etiology, pathology, and symptomatology for functional, organic, and psychogenic voice disorders is developed. Instrumentation and non-instrumentation procedures for assessment and treatment are learned. Assessment and treatment of vocal cord dysfunction are presented. Students learn how to test and treat clients with hypernasality. Voice prosthetic approaches for alaryngeal patients are covered. (Fall).

CDS563 - Stuttering and Fluency Disorders (3 cr.)

This course addresses the symptomatology, etiology, assessment, and management of fluency disorders from childhood to adulthood. Working with children as members of families and school environments, special considerations for pre-school and school-aged children, and interactions with children, parents and teachers are emphasized. The most current assessment and treatment approaches for preschool, school-aged, and adolescent/adult stutterers will be taught with consideration given to multicultural populations. (Spring).

CDS596 - Teaching Students with Speech-Lang-Disabilities Preschool-12 (3 cr.)

This course will cover the requirements for certification as a NYS Teacher of the Speech-Language-Hearing Disabled, the state and federal laws and regulations governing special education, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Code of Ethics and Scope of Practice Statements. The history of special education services will be discussed. Assessment of students from preschool to age 21, the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans, effective teaching techniques, and models of service delivery in the public schools will be presented. (Fall/Spring/Summer).

CDS599 - CDS: Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Designed to allow students to conduct research or to investigate a line of study that is unavailable through regular course selection. Under the direct supervision of a faculty sponsor, faculty advisor, department chairperson, and dean. The study may involve a range of approaches from a literature review to an application of theory.

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