Neurogenic Language Disorders Sample Syllabi

Course Objectives

  • To introduce students to neurological and anatomical substrates of language and cognition
  • To acquaint students with etiologies and characteristics of neurogenic language disorders
  • To introduce the types of neurogenic language disorders that can result from specific diseases that affect the central nervous system
  • To familiarize students with standardized tests and treatment methodologies
  • To sensitize students about culturally diverse populations and the impact of diversity on assessment and treatment
  • To familiarize students with ethical professional practices in assessment and treatment

Required Texts

Bhatnagar, S.C. (2002). Neuroscience for the study of communicative disorders (2nd ed.). Baltimore: Lippincott & Williams.

Payne, J.C. (1997). Adult neurogenic language disorders: Assessment and treatment: An ethnobiological approach. San Diego: Singular Publishing Group.

Class Outline

Class 1: Course Introduction and Assignments

  • Ethical considerations for speech-language pathologists and audiologists in identification, assessment and treatment of neurogenic language disorders

Class 2: Central Nervous System Control of Language and Hearing

  • Bhatnagar-Chapters 3, 5, 9 , 17, 18, & 19

Class 3: Sensory and Motor Control

  • Bhatnagar-Chapters 6, 12 & 13
  • Blood supply to the brain
  • Cerebrospinal fluid circulation

Class 4: Dementia Types and Etiologies

  • Payne-Chapter 4

Class 5: Principles of Assessment and Treatment of the Dementias

  • Cultural/ethnic issues in disorder prevalence, assessment, and treatment for dementia
  • In-class demonstrations of dementia assessments

Class 6: Neuropathophysiology and Causes of Traumatic Head Injuries

  • Payne-Chapter 5

Class 7: Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive-Language Disorders Associated with Traumatic Head Injuries

  • In-class presentations of assessments and treatment examples

Class 8: Aphasia Etiologies and Types

  • Payne-Chapter 6

Class 9: Aphasia Assessment and Treatment

Class 10: In-Class Demonstrations of Aphasia Assessments

  • Class presentations of therapy for mild, moderate, and severe aphasia

Class 11: In-Class Case History Discussions

  • Assessment recommendations and prognoses
  • Therapy strategies
  • Family counseling


A clinical notebook including class notes, 12 journal reading abstracts (4 each for dementia, traumatic head injury, and aphasia), test forms, and treatment approaches and activities.

Classroom demonstrations of assessment batteries, strategies for therapeutic intervention, and assistive devices.

In-class presentations of case histories of patients with neurogenic language disorders.

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