Explain the processes of normal hearing, including key anatomic structures and neural systems along with their function in perceiving and interpreting environmental and speech sounds. Describe the assessment of hearing in adults and children and demonstrate the ability to create and interpret audiograms. Describe basic aspects of intervention in remediating the effects of hearing impairment.
Describe the typical acquisition of language and key developmental milestones. Describe the relationship of language to cognitive, psychological, and social development. Describe the construct of language and language treatment approaches. Describe atypical language use in conditions such as autism spectrum disorders, language learing disability, and developmental language disorder.
Define and describe the anatomy and physiology of speech production and explain the scientific basis of measuring speech performance. Describe atypical speech sound production and identify appropriate intervention approaches.
Scope of Practice
Program graduates will be able to analyze assessment data (i.e. case history, test scores, language sample results, parent interview information, etc.) and reach reasonable diagnostic conclusions. Program graduates will be able to generate diagnostic reports, creating appropriate treatment goals addressing diagnosed areas of weakness. Program graduates will be able to apply principles of ethical practice to a variety of ethical situations and make reasonable recommendations to resolve ethical dilemmas using the ASHA Code of Ethics. Program graduates will be able to use the ASHA website and other sources of information to make reasonable decisions in professional matters.