Speech and Hearing Sciences | Motor Speech Disorders
S555 | 21315 | Gospel, Mary
Course Objective: Motor speech disorders is a broad category that
includes any speech disorder that has a neurological basis. As such,
there are an infinite number of causes for these disorders and
an infinite number of profiles that can result. Therefore, this
course will serve only as an introduction to motor speech problems
and their underlying disorders. There are three main goals that I
hope we can meet. First, it is important that you have an
understanding of the neurological conditions that cause motor speech
disorders. You will be surprised by how much your clients know about
their disorders and, therefore, you need to have a conversational
knowledge of the neurology associated with their speech function.
The second goal is to provide you with the tools that you will need
assess motor speech disorders. We will approach this issue by
looking at established tests, their strengths and weaknesses, and how
they can be used to plan intervention. The third goal of this
course is to provide you with the means to make treatment decisions.
Our approach to reaching this goal will be to look at many of the
things that can go wrong in speech production, how to decide on
the basis for the speech problem and how to approach improving
Grading: Course grades will be based on grades from two, short-
answer quizzes, a midterm exam, presentation and handouts on
disorders, class participation, and a final exam.
Exams and quizzes: Both exams will be taken out of class and you
will have one week in which to complete each exam. Any reference
material may be used during the exams, including discussions among
yourselves and with the instructor. The examinations must be written
independently, even though you may have obtained information from
many sources. Please refer to the universityís policy about
plagiarism. The quizzes will be given in class.
Presentation and handouts: The presentation/handouts/paper will
focus on describing a disorder to a lay person (e.g., what is
Parkinsonís disease?). These presentations will give you an
opportunity to distill complex information to a form that is
accessible to people without medical, technical, SLP backgrounds -
i.e. families of clients or administrators. Additionally, you should
consider printed information that would be useful to the lay person.
This can take the form of handouts, brochures or a short review of
your presentation (in written, not powerpoint, form). These
handouts/papers can be shared among the class. If you give me the
originals at least one week before your presentation, I will have the
handouts copied by the university. If I do not have them by this
deadline, you are responsible for copying the handouts.
Grading of these presentations and handouts/papers will be on a 30
point scale with 15 points for the presentation and 15 points for the
written material. Points will be given for content (6 points), 5
points for appropriate level for the intended lay audience, 2 points
for style and 2 points for organization.
Your course grade will be calculated, as follows: Class participation
5%; Two quizzes 15%; Midterm Examination 25%; Final Examination 25%;
Class presentation and short paper 30%
Grading Scale: 96% and above = A+; 93 - 95% = A; 90 - 92% = A-; 87 -
89% = B+; 83 - 86 = B; 80 - 82% = B-; 77 - 79% = C+; 73 - 76% = C;
70 - 72 = C-...