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Speech Language Pathology Assistant - AAS

Major: 3776
Effective Term: 2015 Fall Final Term: 2015 Fall
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 61-66

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Speech Language Pathology Assistant program is designed to provide comprehensive academic and practical education and training for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants. The program provides training in working with speech and language disordered adults and children, including bilingual populations. The program content is based upon the recommendations of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Arizona State Licensure Statue for Speech Language Pathology Assistants. In addition to work in the classroom, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in working with clients/patients in a variety of settings under the direction and supervision of an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Speech Language Pathology Assistant is also available.

Program Notes:

++ indicates any module/suffixed courses.
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Admission Criteria: None
Program Prerequisites: None
Required Courses
SLP104 Speech, Language, and Hearing Development 3
SLP205 Introduction to Communication Disorders 3
SLP210 Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology 3
SLP212 Language Disorders and Rehabilitation 3
SLP214 Speech Sound Disorders and Phonetics 3
SLP215 Speech, Language, Hearing Disorders and Rehabilitation 3
SLP217 Clinical Ethics and Documentation 3
SLP218 Behavior Management 3
SLP235AA Speech-Language Pathology Practicum (1) (May be repeated) OR
SLP235AB Speech-Language Pathology Practicum (2) 2
SLP240 Assistive Technology and Augmentative Communication 3
SLP242 Low Incidence Disabilities 3
Restricted Electives
COM263 Elements of Intercultural Communication 3
ENG213 Introduction to the Study of Language 3
PSY230 Introduction to Statistics 3
PSY240 Developmental Psychology 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC210 The Child in Society 3
Choose 6-8 credits from the following Foreign Language sequence courses:
ARB+++ Any ARB/Arabic sequence courses
CHI+++ Any CHI/Chinese sequence courses
FRE+++ Any FRE/French sequence courses
GER+++ Any GER/German sequence courses
GRK+++ Any GRK/Greek sequence courses
HEB+++ Any HEB/Hebrew sequence courses
ITA+++ Any ITA/Italian sequence courses
JPN+++ Any JPN/Japanese sequence courses
POR+++ Any POR/Portuguese sequence courses
LAT+++ Any LAT/Latin sequence courses
NAV+++ Any NAV/Navajo sequence courses
PIM+++ Any PIM/Pima sequence courses
RUS+++ Any RUS/Russian sequence courses
SLG+++ Any SLG/Any American Sign Language sequence courses
SPA+++ Any SPA/Spanish sequence courses

Program Competencies

  1. Identify and describe the normal processes of speech-language communication development. (SLP104)
  2. Describe normal process of hearing development. (SLP104)
  3. Identify and describe developmental and acquired communication disorders/disabilities across the life span. (SLP205)
  4. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the speech-language production mechanism and explain the relationship to disordered speech-language production. (SLP210)
  5. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the human auditory system and describe disordered hearing production based on the area of breakdown in the system. (SLP210)
  6. Describe the nature, causes and treatment of language and communication disorders across the life span and assist in the implementation of treatment/educational techniques and procedures for a variety of patients/clients/students with these disorders. (SLP212, SLP235++)
  7. Identify and describe phonological disorders, differences and delays and explain the causes of each. (SLP214)
  8. Identify and describe common language/phonological screening and diagnostic tests including their administration and scoring. (SLP212, SLP214)
  9. Identify and describe treatment procedures for phonological disorders, differences, and delays and assist in the development and implementation of treatment/educational techniques and procedures for a variety of speech-language disordered patients/students. (SLP214, SLP215, SLP235++)
  10. Demonstrate broad transcription of normal and disordered speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet. (SLP214)
  11. Accurately prepare a variety of assigned documentation, including the preparation and maintenance of patient/student charts, reports, and records, in a variety of settings for review by a supervisor. (SLP235++)
  12. Identify, describe, and demonstrate professional/ethical behaviors in a variety of work related situations and settings. (SLP235++)
  13. Assist with the development and implementation of treatment/lesson plans for persons with speech-language disorders/disabilities. (SLP235++)
  14. Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills in working with patients, students, family members, coworkers, and supervisors. (SLP235++)
  15. Perform all assigned activities, including routine maintenance and safety procedures, in a professional and timely manner. (SLP235++)
  16. Identify and describe treatment procedures for speech and hearing disorders and assist in the development and implementation of treatment/educational techniques and procedures for a variety of speech-language disordered patients/students. (SLP215, SLP235++)
  17. Identify and discuss issues relating to clients?/patients? rights, professional, and ethical behaviors. (SLP217)
  18. Describe the educational service system and the heath care industry and the documentation required in each. (SLP205, SLP217)
  19. Identify and describe a variety of behavior management techniques and accurately apply these techniques in working with speech language disordered clients/patients. (SLP218, SLP235++)
  20. Identify and describe the type of client/patient in need of assistive technology and/or augmentative alternative communication systems. (SLP240)
  21. Identify and describe a variety of strategies, hardware, software low-tech and high-tech assistive technology and augmentative alternative communication systems that can be used with speech language disordered clients/patients. (SLP240)
  22. Identify and describe a variety of treatment techniques to use with a variety clients/patients with low incidence disabilities. (SLP242)

Complete program information is available here.

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