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Speech-Language Pathology

Speech Courses

SLPA 051. Introduction to Communication Disorders. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to language, voice, fluency, articulation and hearing disorders in children and adults. It is open to non-majors and SLP minors. (GE1A)

SLPA 053. Sign Language I. 3 Units.

This course introduces students to comprehension and expression through sign language. It is open to non-majors and SLP minors. (GE2A)

SLPA 055. Sign Language II. 3 Units.

A major part of the instruction for this course is conducted in sign language. This course requires active participation by the students to further develop beginning sign language skills. Prerequisite: SLPA 053 - Sign Language I or instructor permission.

SLPA 101. Clinical Methods I. 2 Units.

Students participate in observations and analysis of therapy, materials, teaching methods, behavioral management and data collection. Prerequisite: SLPA051, SLPA121, SLPA125, SLPA129 and SLPA131 (concurrency allowed for all).

SLPA 103. Clinical Methods II. 1 Unit.

Students study methods, materials, and treatment of communicative disorders. Content includes: staffings, case studies, presentations, demonstrations, and class discussion. Corequisite: SLPA 123 & SLPA 137. Prerequisite: SLPA 127 (concurrent).

SLPA 105. Clinical Methods III. 2 Units.

This course assists the beginning clinician with: writing professional reports, accountability issues while exploring a variety of therapy delivery models. Corequisite: SLPA 139 & SLPA 151. Prerequisite: SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 183 or 181 (concurrent), and SLPA 189A or 110A (concurrent).

SLPA 107. Clinical Methods IV. 1 Unit.

Students discuss and analyze current clinical experiences. They also explore different disorders, populations, and work environments. Corequisite: SLPA 133 & SLPA 145. Prerequisite: SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 105, SLPA 143 (concurrent), and SLPA 189B or 110B (concurrent).

SLPA 110A. Clinical Observations. 1 Unit.

This course offers structured clinical observations for seniors not enrolled in SLPA 189A. Grading is Pass/No Credit only. Prerequisites: SLPA 101; SLPA 103; SLPA 181 or 183 (concurrent). Corequisites: SLPA 105, 139, & 151.

SLPA 110B. Clinical Observations. 1 Unit.

This course offers structured clinical observations for seniors not enrolled in SLPA 189B. Grading is Pass/No Credit only. Prerequisites: SLPA 101, 103, 105, & 143. Corequisites: SLPA 107, 133, 143, & 145.

SLPA 121. Speech and Language Development. 3 Units.

This course is designed to provide basic information relative to speech and language acquisition in normal children. Phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic development is considered, as well as pyschosocial and intellectual correlates. This course is open to non-majors and SLP minors.

SLPA 123. Language Disorders I. 3 Units.

This introductory course examines the speech language and behavioral characteristics associated with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and neurological involvement. Discussion of appropriate diagnosis and therapeutic techniques is included. Open to non-majors and SLP minors. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, 101, 121, 125, 127 (concurrent), 129, & 131. Corequisites: SLPA 103, 127, & 137.

SLPA 125. Speech Sound Disorders I. 3 Units.

An introduction to the etiology, assessment and remediation of articulation and phonologic disorders is the primary focus of the course. It is further designed to prepare students for the beginning clinical practicum experience. Prerequisites: SLPA 051 (concurrent); 121 (concurrent); 127; & 131 (concurrent). Corequisites: SLPA 101 & 129.

SLPA 127. Audiology. 3 Units.

This introductory course in audiology emphasizes basic acoustics and psychoacoustics, anatomy and physiology of the ear, hearing measurement (pure-tone, speech and tympanometry) and types of causes of hearing impairment. This course is open to non-majors and SLP minors. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 121, & SLPA 131.

SLPA 129. Anatomy and Physiology of Speech. 3 Units.

Students examine the anatomy and physiology of the mechanisms of speech and hearing. This course is open to non-majors and SLP minors. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 121, SLPA 127, & SLPA 131. Corequisites: SLPA 101 & SLPA 125.

SLPA 131. Phonetics. 3 Units.

Students study the analysis and classification of the phonemes of standard and nonstandard dialects of American English. The course includes: intensive practice in the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, the intensive use of Visual Phonics, and the application of phonetics to communicative disorders. Open to non-majors and SLP minors. Prerequisites: SLPA 051 (concurrent). Corequisites: SLPA 101, SLPA 121, SLPA 125, & SLPA 129.

SLPA 133. Neurogenic Case Studies in Speech-Language Pathology. 3 Units.

This course requires students to integrate course content from all SLPA courses taken previously in analyzing and synthesizing clinical cases related to acquired neurogenic communication disorders. Corequisite: SLPA 107 & SLPA 145. Prerequisite: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 105, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, SLPA 139, SLPA 143, SLPA 151, SLPA 183 or SLPA 181, SLPA 189A or SLPA 110A, and SLPA 189B or SLPA 110B.

SLPA 137. Speech and Hearing Science. 3 Units.

Speech and Hearing Science provides the student with academic and laboratory training in the sciences that provide the foundation of clinical practice in communication disorders. Students gain proficiency with various types of clinical equipment through hands-on experience. Open to non-majors and SLP minors. Corequisites: SLPA 103 & 123. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 121, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, & SLPA 131.

SLPA 139. Diagnostics. 3 Units.

Students study the principles, models and methods of assessment of speech and language disorders. Topics include interview, testing, and reporting procedures. Corequisites: SLPA 105 & SLPA 151. Prerequisite: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, SLPA 183 or SLPA 181, and SLPA 189A or SLPA 110A.

SLPA 143. Multicultural Populations. 3 Units.

Students examine theoretical models of normal second language acquisition and bilingualism that emphasize the relationship to accurate identification of communication disorders. The content distinguishes between language differences due to differing cultural linguistic variables and underlying, cross-lingual language impairment. Current research and trends in diagnosis and re-mediation techniques for multicultural clients is studied as well as. Problem-solving approaches for specific clinical cases. Open to non-majors and SLP minors. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 121, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, & SLPA 131. (DVSY, ETHC)

SLPA 145. Disorders of Fluency. 3 Units.

This introductory course in fluency disorders (stuttering) emphasizes etiology, theory, diagnosis and treatment of this speech disorder. Open to non-majors and SLP minors. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 105, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127 SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, SLPA 139, SLPA 143 (concurrent), SLPA 151, SLPA 183 or SLPA 181, SLPA 189A or SLPA 110A, & SLPA 189B or SLPA 110B (concurrent). Corequisites: SLPA 107 & SLPA 133.

SLPA 151. Behavior Modification for SLPs. 3 Units.

This class focuses on basic and advanced principles of behavior modifications as they relate to the area of communication sciences and disorders. Multiple strategies to increase, decrease, or modify behaviors are introduced. Theoretical and applied experiences in planning intervention strategies, measurement techniques, generalization and maintenance of changed behaviors are emphasized. Corequisite: SLPA 105 & SLPA 139. Prerequisite: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, SLPA 183 or SLPA 181, and SLPA 189A or SLPA 110A.

SLPA 181. Diagnostic Observation. 1 Unit.

SLPA 181 offers structured diagnostic observations for seniors not registered in SLPA 183. Grading is Pass/No Credit only. Corequisites: SLPA 105, SLPA 139, & SLPA 151. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, & SLPA 189A or 110A (concurrent).

SLPA 183. Diagnostic Laboratory. 1 Unit.

This course is a weekly three-hour lab experience that includes demonstration and practicum in assessment of speech and language disorders. Corequisite: SLPA 105, SLPA 139, and SLPA 151. Prerequisite: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, and SLPA 189A or SLPA 110A.

SLPA 189A. Beginning Clinic. 1 Unit.

This course provides students with direct beginning clinical experience in providing speech/language intervention to children/adolescents at the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton under the direct supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist. Corequisites: SLPA 105, SLPA 139, & SLPA 151. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127, SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, & SLPA 183 or SLPA 181 (concurrent).

SLPA 189B. Intermediate Clinic. 1 Unit.

This course provides students with direct intermediate level clinical experience in providing speech/language intervention to children/adolescents at the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton under the direct supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist. Prerequisites: SLPA 051, SLPA 101, SLPA 103, SLPA 105, SLPA 121, SLPA 123, SLPA 125, SLPA 127 SLPA 129, SLPA 131, SLPA 137, SLPA 139, SLPA 143 (concurrent), SLPA 151, SLPA 183 or SLPA 181 (concurrent), & SLPA 189A or SLPA 110A (concurrent). Corequisites: SLPA 107, SLPA 133, & SLPA 145.

SLPA 191. Independent Study. 1-4 Units.

SLPA 193. Special Topics. 2-4 Units.

Program Specific Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and apply the normal aspects of speech production (including phonetics, anatomy, and physiology) to clinical cases.
  2. Describe and apply the cognitive and linguistic processes underlying typical speech and language development to clinical cases.
  3. Evaluate and interpret clinical data to differentiate communication disorders.
  4. Summarize clinical results to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats in clinical environments.
  5. Plan, select, and administer appropriate assessments and interventions with communication disorders including any modifications necessary due to developmental, physical, linguistic, and cultural considerations.

Speech-Language Pathology Faculty

Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor and Chair, 1999, BS, St. Joseph College, 1984; MS, Boston University, 1989; PhD, University of Connecticut, 1995.

Larry Boles, Professor and Graduate Program Director, 2010, BA, San Francisco State University, 1978; MA, San Francisco State University, 1982; PhD, University of Arizona, 1995.

Megan Walls, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Education, BS, University of the Pacific, 2013, MS, University of the Pacific, 2014.

Simalee Smith-Stubblefield, Professor Emeritus, 1983, BS, University of Wyoming, 1976; MA, University of the Pacific, 1982.

Benjamin Reece, Assistant Clinical Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, 2015, BA, University of the Pacific, 2001; MS, University of the Pacific, 2008.

Derek Isetti, Assistant Professor, 2015, BA, University of California, Irvine, 1996; MS, University of the Pacific, 2008; PhD, University of Washington, 2014.

Madhu Sundarrajan, Assistant Professor, 2019, BIT, University of Delhi, India, 2004; MS, University of Texas at Dallas, 2007; PhD, University of Texas at Dallas, 2015.

Michael Susca, Associate Professor, 2001, BS, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1975; MS, University of New Mexico, 1977; PhD, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2001.

Lori Liddicoat, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinic Director of the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton, 2020, BS, California State University, Sacramento, 1997, MS, California State University, Sacramento, 1999.