Communication disorders encompass a wide variety of problems in speech, language, and hearing.
Speech and language impairments include voice disorder, articulation problems, fluency problems, aphasia, phonological problems, and delays in speech or language. Hearing impairments include partial hearing and deafness. We teach students to understand and treat these challenges throughout the entire lifespan of human development from early childhood through the elder years and encourage them to develop a holistic understanding of the communication process and to investigate new ways to expand the mind’s potential to formulate, absorb, and express ideas. We are consistently ranked one of the top programs in the United States. For example, the most recent version of US News and World Report ranked Speech and Language Pathology #7 and Audiology #13.
Woolfolk Distinguished Lecture Series
Join us Friday, March 30, 2018 | BMC 5.208 | 1:00pm Featuring: Title: What do language disorders reveal about the brain? From classic models to network approaches Ralf Schlosser, Ph.D. Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children: Technology Innovations, Research, and Evidence-based Practice
Nina F. Dronkers, Ph.D.
VA Research Career Scientist
Director, Center for Aphasia & Related Disorders
Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, University of California, Davis
Past approaches to the study of language and the brain have focused largely on the contributions of Broca's and Wernicke's areas. By using advanced neuroimaging techniques with individuals who have aphasia, we have now learned that language is an extraordinarily complex system that requires an extensive and interactive network of brain regions to sustain it. We have also learned that an intricate system of fiber pathways connect these regions together and has been underestimated in terms of its importance in supporting language. This information has advanced our understanding of how the brain processes language in important ways, while inviting future investigations to embrace novel approaches to the study of brain-behavior relationships.
Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northeastern University
Director of Clinical Research, Center for Communication Enhancement, Boston Children's Hospital
The presentation will highlight the development of and research into recent technology innovations that facilitate language and communication in children with moderate-to-severe Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In addition to the role of animation in the processing of graphic symbols for verbs and prepositions, the use of scene cues to foster directive following will be discussed. Newly developed Applications will be shared along with research into the repurposing of general consumer mobile technologies that meet the communication needs of children with ASD. Next, the presentation will feature the Visual Immersion System™, a comprehensive assessment and treatment framework proposed by our clinical/research team to promote comprehension and expression for this population. The concluding section will address evidence-based practice with particular emphasis on evidence-based information sources.
Join us Friday, March 30, 2018 | BMC 5.208 | 1:00pm
Title: What do language disorders reveal about the brain? From classic models to network approaches
Ralf Schlosser, Ph.D.
Title: Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children: Technology Innovations, Research, and Evidence-based Practice