Speech and Hearing Sciences | Intro. to Sup. Clin. Practice
S461 | 4597 | E. McCrea
Purpose: The purpose of this course is to introduce you to clinics,
clients and clinicians, and the clinical and supervisory processes.
You will learn the clinical practicum sequence and the important
dynamics of both processes in speech-language pathology and
audiology. Basic information regarding certification, professional
standards and ethics, goal setting in both the clinical and
supervisory processes, lesson planning, methods of observing,
describing and recording behavior, informal assessment and other
related topics will be presented.
Quizzes: Between the first day of class and the beginning of the
clinical labs in late October, there will be 5 unannounced quizzes.
Each quiz will be worth 10-20 points. Together they will total 100
points and will contribute 15% to your final course grade.
Examination: There will be one major examination. It will come at the
end of the more traditional lecture material and before the clinical
labs begin. As much as is possible, the exam will ask you to apply
the information from the class lectures to the solution of
professional and clinical problems.
The fact that there is only one examination which contributes a major
percentage to the final grade has initially troubled students in the
past; however, this way of assessing your knowledge and more
importantly your ability to use it, is consistent with evaluation
schedules and formats in many graduate programs. Using it in this
course will help prepare you to successfully make the transistion to
your graduate training.
Professional Responsibility: This course is the first in the
professional curriculum of the department and your training. As such,
it requires that you begin to develop a sense of professional
responsibility toward your education and clinical training. Aspects
of behavior which demonstrate this responsibility include meeting
deadlines, regular attendance, legible and complete written work, and
most importantly, the development of a professional demeanor. To
underscore the importance of these aspects of your professional
development, a percentage of your grade will be determined by your
attention to them.
Attendance will be taken during every class meeting. You may have two
unexcused absences; after this, absences will negatively impact your
Clinical Labs: This course will also provide you the opportunity to
apply much of the content about the clinical process to specific
disorder areas. Each disorder area will be addressed through the
presentation of structured, videotaped observational experiences by
the instructor (and other members of the faculty). These experiences
will provide you the change to not only observe a wide range of
clients and disorders, but to think, plan, and write about the
management of the client/disorder as you apply the information about
the clinical process from the first half of the course. In addition
to beginning the process of learning about clients and communication
disorders, the observations will also provide opportunities for you
to begin to think about your own behavior as clinicians.
Each in-class observation/clinical lab experience will involve a
written task which will furnish you a structured opportunity to
design a treatment plan for a hypothetical case in each disorder area
presented. Opportunities may also be designed to help you structure
clinical development plans for the acquisition and refinement of your
own clinical skill(s). These labs will require that you be prepared
to take the time necessary to complete them in a professional manner.
They will be turned in and graded by the instructor and will
contribute to your final course grade.
Observation: Each student is expected to observe a minimum of 25
hours of treatment and assessment to meet the ASHA requirement for
observation and before you may be assigned a client in practicum. You
will continue the process of observation in S461 that you began in
earlier courses. You will need to keep a log of each observation that
you complete; the hours that you have already observed in S420, S436,
etc. will be carried forward and added to the hours you will observe
over the course of this semester until you have accumulated the
requisite 25 hours. A form will be provided to you for the purpose of
keeping this log. At the end of the semester, TOTAL YOUR OBSERVATION
HOURS ACROSS ALL COURSES, and turn the log in. I will then sign it
and it will become part of your permanent ASHA record in the
department. BEFORE YOU TURN IN YOUR LOG, MAKE A COPY OF IT FOR YOUR
OWN RECORDS. YOU WILL NEED TO DOCUMENT THESE HOURS OF OBSERVATION FOR
THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN WHICH YOU ENROLL BEFORE YOU MAY BE ASSIGNED A
CLIENT IN PRACTICUM.
You will be required to write summaries of three (3) observations.
These written summaries should apply the information about form and
content of professional writing developed within the content of the
course. Forms to facilitate your completion of these summaries are
found in the packet of materials for this course (which is available
at Collegiate Copies). The summaries will read and graded by the
instructor and will contribute your final grade.
Determination of Grade: The grade for this course will be determined
in the following manner:
Examination = 30%
Clinical Responsibility = 5%
Clinical Labs = 40%
Quizzes = 15%
Observations = 10%