Fluency and Voice Sample Syllabi

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a fundamental understanding of the characteristics of stuttering and people who stutter as well as theoretical constructs underlying the concept of dysfluency. This course will also familiarize the student with the anatomy and physiology of the vocal tract and with disorders particular to the vocal mechanism. General assessment and intervention strategies for fluency and voice disorders will also be introduced.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the characteristics of stuttering and voice disorders. (Standards III )
  • Identify the anatomy and summarize the physiology of the vocal tract. (Standard III C)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of evaluation and treatment procedures that are appropriate for stuttering and voice disorders. (Standards III D)

Required Text

Case, J.L. (2002). Clinical management of voice disorders. Austin, TX: PRO-Ed.

Guitar, B. (1998). Stuttering: An integrated approach to its nature and treatment. Baltimore: William & Wilkins.

Class Outline

Class 1: Fluency Disorders

  • Overview of course
  • Introduction to stuttering

Class 2: Introduction to Stuttering (continued)

  • Guitar-Chapter 1
  • Institutional factors in stuttering
  • Guitar-Chapter 2

Class 3: Developmental and Environmental Influences

  • Guitar-Chapter 3
  • An integrated view of stuttering
  • Guitar-Chapter 4

Class 4: Normal Dysfluency and the Development of Stuttering

  • Guitar-Chapter 5

Class 5: Treatment Considerations

  • Guitar-Chapter 6
  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Guitar-Chapter 7
  • Advanced stuttering
  • Stuttering modifications and fluency shaping therapies
  • Guitar-Chapter 8

Class 6: Advanced Stuttering: Integration of Approaches

  • Guitar-Chapter 9
  • Intermediate stuttering: Stuttering modification and fluency shaping therapies
  • Guitar-Chapter 10
  • Intermediate stuttering: Integration of approaches
  • Guitar-Chapter 11

Class 7: Beginning Stuttering: Stuttering Modifications and Fluency Shaping Theories

  • Guitar-Chapter 12
  • Beginning stuttering: Integration of approaches
  • Guitar-Chapter 13
  • Borderline stuttering: A consensus
  • Guitar-Chapter 14

Class 8: Voice Disorders

Class 9: Anatomy and Physiology of Phonation

  • Case-Chapter 1
  • Medical aspects of voice disorders
  • Case-Chapter 2

Class 10: Evaluation Procedures in Voice Management

  • Case-Chapter 3
  • Clinical management of vocal abuse
  • Case-Chapter 4

Class 11: Neurogenic Voice Disorders

  • Case-Chapter 5
  • Psychogenic voiced disorders
  • Case-Chapter 6
  • Alaryngeal communication
  • Case-Chapter 7
  • Resonance and other disorders
  • Case-Chapter 8


Observations (10%)

Each student is required to observe four clinically supervised therapy sessions, two in fluency and two in voice, and submit observation reports of those sessions. Observations may be completed at the University Clinic or at approved community facilities.

Abstracts (10%)

Each student is required to submit six abstract summaries, three in fluency and three in voice disorders. Students should select research articles published within the past five years related to assessment and/or treatment of fluency or voice disorders. Students will prepare a 1- to 2-page summary of the article using the abstract form handout.

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