Voice pathology courses are available through bachelor's and master's degree programs in speech therapy and speech pathology. Through these courses, students learn how to identify, diagnose and provide treatment for language and speech disorders. Some courses also provide clinical practice, giving students a chance to work with patients and accrue clinical hours, which may be required for certification or licensing in this field.
Here are some major concepts explored in voice pathology courses:
- Speech and hearing disorders
- Speech delay
- Voice and articulation improvement techniques
- Therapeutic techniques for treating language disorders
- Speech pathology in children
List of Voice Pathology Classes
Introductory Speech and Hearing Course
An introductory voice pathology course gives students an overview of speech, language and hearing disorders. Voice pathology courses cover the causes of speech disorders, such as disease, trauma and medicine. Additionally, an introductory voice pathology course teaches students basic assessment techniques to diagnose speech disorders. An introductory voice pathology course typically includes both classroom and lab work and is typically available through both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Improving Voice and Articulation Course
In this beginning voice pathology class, students learn techniques for helping individuals improve speech techniques. They work with children and adults who have difficulties pronouncing and articulating in American English and develop ways to help them mimic sounds correctly. Often, this course works with people from a specific region to help them adopt the dialect, voice patterns and pronunciation of another locale.
Speech and Language Acquisition Course
In this course, students examine the ways in which people learn and acquire language. They observe how children normally acquire speech and problems that interfere with language acquisition. Students discuss how other linguistic issues, such as bilingualism, affect language proficiency.
Language Disorders Course
In this undergraduate course, students examine language disorders, such as improper pronunciation or articulation and stuttering. They examine the different disorders and therapeutic procedures that can ease them and begin to reverse the problems. The course includes familiarizing students with evaluation and treatment techniques often used in voice pathology for children and adults.
Clinical Practicum Course
In this course, typically a graduate-level offering, students work with individuals with speech disorders and occasionally with children and adults who have hearing disorders that affect their speech. They interact with patients, test them, offer a diagnosis and begin prescribing treatments. They also begin providing therapy, always under supervision. Usually, this course is taken more than once throughout the degree program, providing the opportunity to work with a variety of people with different disorders or difficulties.