Speech Pathology

Communication Disorders and Sciences (CDS)

Mission of the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences

The Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences challenges and inspires students to become competent professionals by developing a foundation of knowledge and effective clinical skills. Students will demonstrate a positive attitude for learning, connect in cooperative relationships with faculty, supervisors, and fellow students, and develop responsibility for ethical and professional behavior in the academic and clinical environments.

Program Goals:

  1. Engage the local, university, and professional communities through clinical training, clientele support groups, and continuing education seminars;
  2. Provide opportunities for student and faculty research resulting in presentations or publications;
  3. Complete diagnostic evaluations of speech, language and hearing disorders for culturally, economically and linguistically diverse populations of persons with communication and swallowing disorders in all age groups across the life span, including screening and prevention, collecting and integrating case history information, using appropriate evaluation procedures and adapting these as necessary, interpreting and synthesizing evaluative data, reporting, and referring when necessary;
  4. Plan and execute treatment programs for diverse populations of persons with communication and swallowing disorders in all age groups across the life span, including developing and implementing setting-appropriate intervention plans; selecting, developing, and using appropriate materials and instruments; measuring and evaluating performance; modifying plans, strategies, materials, and instruments as needed; reporting; and identifying and referring when appropriate;
  5. Integrate current developments in methodology and technology into clinical practice;
  6. Maintain familiarity with current research, evidenced-based practice, and relate findings to the improvement of diagnostic and therapeutic clinical practice;
  7. Adhere to ASHA's code of ethics, professional standards, scope of practice, and preferred practice patterns; and
  8. Satisfy the academic and practicum requirements for obtaining the ASHA Certification of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP), the New York State Professional License in Speech Pathology, and New York State Initial/Professional Certification for a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities at the completion of the M.S. degree requirements.

Youngerman Center for Communication Disorders and Youngerman Center Preschool Online Payments

News and Events

Dr. McLoddy Kadyamusuma recently authored a chapter in the book Twelve Lectures on Multilingualism.

Join us for the 10th Annual Stroke Awareness Walk, in Fall 2019.  In-person registration will be outside the Youngerman Center (Thompson Hall) on the day of the event. 

Dr. Szu-Han Kay Chen and Michael O'Leary published an article, Eye Gaze 101: What Speech-Language Pathologists Should Know About Selecting Eye Gaze Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems, in Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups.

Dr. McLoddy Kadyamusuma presented three papers at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at Monroe Community College in April 2018.

NSSLHA group prepared notes welcoming newly accepted undergraduate Communication Disorders and Sciences students to Fredonia.

Dr. Kadyamusuma presented a paper, Standardization of the Shona-Enlgish Bilingual Aphasia Assessment Test, at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) convention in Los Angeles, California. 

Dr. Kadyamusuma presented a paper, Frequency of use: Reading time reference violations in Shona, at the International Science of Aphasia Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fredonia CDS Alumna, Kazlin Mason, is making a difference in the world with the Smiles International Foundation.

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