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Sound and Communication Health (108-0-20)


Amy Lynn Mack Sindelar

Kristine Marie Grohne Riley

Meeting Info

Frances Searle Building 3220: Mon, Wed 12:30PM - 1:50PM

Overview of class

Introduction to communication sciences and disorders. Role of sound in basic human communication; hearing, speech, language, and learning mechanisms required to process and produce sound; assessment and treatment of disorders caused by a breakdown in sound processing. May not be taken with or after CSD 318-0, CSD 320-0, or CSD 373-0.

Registration Requirements


Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to:
1) Discuss the role of sound in human communication.
a) Describe how the auditory system processes sound from the outer ear to the cortex.
b) Describe the roles of sound production and sound processing in typical speech and language development and use.
c) Explain how the processing of sound impacts the normal acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.
2) Describe different types and effects of communicative disorders.
a) Describe how hearing loss may affect communication abilities.
b) Describe communication disorders from the perspective of atypical sound production and sound processing.
c) Explain how deficits in sound processing can result in atypical acquisition of literacy and numeracy skills.
3) Discuss solutions and interventions for communication breakdowns.
a) Describe how hearing aids, cochlear implants, and assistive listening devices can aid communication in individuals with hearing loss.
b) Describe how interventions for individuals with atypical sound production and/or sound processing can improve auditory-verbal communication.
c) Explain how interventions aimed at improving an individual's processing of sound can result in improvements in learning.

Evaluation Method

quizzes, papers, group presentation

Class Materials (Required)

Materials are posted on Canvas.

Class Materials (Suggested)


Class Notes

Basic facts and principles of human communication and its disorders. Participation in or review of current research is included in this introduction to human communication science.

Enrollment Requirements

Enrollment Requirements: Students who have previously taken or are currently registered for CSD 318-0, 320-0, or 373-0 are not permitted to also register for CSD 108-0.