American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

MMI Foundational Courses: Sample Syllabi

Survey of Speech and Language Disorders

Required Texts

Shames, G.H., Wiig, E.H., & Secord, W.A. (1994). Human Communication Disorders: An introduction (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Van Riper, C., & Emerick, L. (1984). Speech correction: An introduction to speech pathology and audiology. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

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Class Outline

Class 1: Course Organization

  • Introduction to the profession
  • Incidence etiology and basic manifestations of speech and language disorders and hearing relationship
  • Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 1 and pp 1-27

Class 2: Communication versus Language

  • The origin of speech and language in humans
  • Can animals use English?
  • Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 2, pp 36-81

Class 3: Language

  • Syntactic and morphologic development of language
  • Pragmatics
  • Read - Van Riper & Emerick, Chapter 3, pp 75-107

Class 4: Library Tour and Reference Lecture

Class 5: Semantic and Phonological Development of Language

Class 6: Language Development (continued)

  • Film and discussion: "Out of the Mouth of Babes" and "Normal Speech Articulation"

Class 7: Speech

  • Normal articulation, voice and resonance
  • Articulation versus phonology discussion
  • Videotapes and discussion about language development
  • Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord,  pp 293-303, material on normal articulation

Class 8: Normal Speaking Voice Dynamics

  • Pitch, quality, volume, respiration rate

Class 9: Normal Voice and Resonance (continued)

  • Film and discussion "A Look at Sound" and "Your Voice"
  • Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 3 material on normal voice production

Class 10: Early Language Disorders

  • Disorders of language in the pediatric population
  • How is speech and language abnormal or disordered?
  • Reward and punishment
  • Read - Van Riper & Emerick, pp 110-117, 133-139; Chapters 6 pp 165-205

Class 11: Midterm Examination

  • Lecture and text material through normal speech and language

Class 12: Functional Articulation Disorders and Phonological Disorders

  • Read - Van Riper & Emerick, Chapter 7 pp 207-252

Class 13: Language Disorders (continued)

  • Features prevalence versus incidence
  • Definitions in mental retardation, language-learning disorders, and autism
  • Film and discussion: "Behavioral Treatment in Autistic Children"

Class 14: Film and Discussion

  • "Teaching Language to Psychotic Children"
  • Discussion of autism versus mutism versus nonspeech communication

Class 15: American English Dialects, Language and Communication Differences in a Multicultural Society

  • The influence of cultural diversity on languages
  • Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 4 pp 135-173
  • Film and discussion from "The Story of English: The Muvver Tongue"

Class 16: Bilingualism and Accent

  • Film and discussion: "American Tongues"

Class 17: Disorders of Voice

  • Read - Shames, Wiig, & Secord, Chapter 8, pp 282-335
  • Videotape

Class 18: Voice Disorders (continued)

Class 19: Final Examination Review

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