Human Communication

New introductory course looks at a life-time of speech, language and hearing disorders.

CSND 100-Introduction to the Field of Communication Sciences and Disorders

This new introductory course provides an overview of typical development and use of human communication throughout the lifespan as well as an orientation to speech, language and hearing disorders in children and adults.   Why do some children experience speech delays or have difficulty processing spoken language? What is the impact of hearing loss or deafness on development of speech? How do problems with communication socially and academically affect a child in school?  Learn about causes, incidence and characteristics of speech and language disorders and hearing loss in children with a typical development or disorders including autism, cerebral palsy, deafness, etc.

Explore the impact of acquired communication disorders in adults caused by strokes, traumatic brain injuries and neurological conditions. Talk with parents, spouses and other caretakers of children and adults with communication disorders. Get an overview of clinical approaches used to treat communication disorders and learn about exciting scientific research shedding new insight into causes, prevention, early intervention and therapy across different populations.  
Read about technological advancements used to develop or restore communication function. Find out about the professionals who work in the field; speech and language pathologists, audiologists, researchers, etc. as well as their interdisciplinary relationship with other professionals in schools, hospitals, clinics, and university settings. 

A New Minor
This course would be of interest and relevant to any student who has ever communicated but is also the first course offering for those interested in the new Minor in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

For additional information, contact: Fran Prezant 655-7124 or