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ASLP 2015: Nature of Communication Disorders: Required Readings

To provide an introductory overview of communication disorders that occur in children and adults and to provide an understanding of the professions that specialize in communication disorders

Required Text for SPHS 2015

Communication and Communication Disorders, A Clinical Introduction, Fourth Edition by P.M. Beeson and E.Plante, 2012, Pearson (ISBN 0-205-53209-8)

Case Report Information

You will Interview someone who has experienced a Communication Disorder either personally or as a caregiver.  The person you interview can be a family member, friend or yourself if you have experience with a Communication Disorder.   Select from the following areas of disorders. 

Speech and Language Disorders:

  • Due March 5
  • Speech Sound Disorders (articulation)
  • Disorders of Fluency (stuttering)
  • Disorders of Voice or Swallowing
  • Due April 4
  • Language Disorders in Children (ages birth through 18)
  • Language Disorders in Adults (age 18+)
  • Due April 23
  • Hearing Disorders acquired as a child
  • Hearing Disorders acquired as an adult

Your report should be a one page single line spaced, narrative, Arial font size of 11 or 12.  This information should be included:

Paragraph 1: Case history (5 points)

  • Health history (anything significant that may lead to disorder)
  • Any family history of this type of problem?

Paragraph 2: Assessment and diagnosis (5 points)

  • When was the disorder first identified (age of client/year)?
  • Who first identified the problem?
  • What assessments were used in the diagnosis?

Paragraph 3: Interventions provided (5 points)

  • What intervention was provided – who provided services, duration of intervention and setting for services?
  • What was the role of the family?
  • Did the person require any assistive devices for communication?

Outcome (5 points)

  • What is the client’s status at this time? 

Case studies must be submitted in hard copy during class on the date it is due.  If you cannot be in class on a due date, make arrangements for someone else to hand it in for you.  Late work must be submitted before the next group of case studies is due.  Once the next case study is due, the assignment preceding it can no longer be submitted.  I will not accept multiple assignments simultaneously.  Late assignments can earn only 50% credit.


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