Communicative Disorders Assistant

Program: CODA
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie

Description

Students gain knowledge and hands-on experience to work in an adjunctive capacity as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Students focus on conducting programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the therapy plan, as well as practicing the variety of other types of duties within this profession.

Based on a thorough understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders, students develop programming skills and learn intervention techniques to evoke and sustain communication behaviours. In addition, students identify the behaviour and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of therapy.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are prepared for employment as supportive personnel (speech and learning technicians, speech aides, therapy assistants, audiometric technicians, or hearing screeners) serving children and adults with communicative disorders and delays. They may find work in a variety of settings including children's treatment centres, school boards, public health units, Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), hospitals, early years centres and private speech and/or audiology clinics, under the supervision and direction of qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. implement speech/language/hearing programs under the supervision of a speech-language pathologist or audiologist;
  2. collect, compute and display data based on observational training;
  3. perform routinely required maintenance procedures on therapy and assessment materials, and equipment;
  4. prepare written and oral progress reports;
  5. articulate knowledge of the various types of communicative disorders and be sensitive to underlying behavior which contributes to client progress;
  6. identify ancillary resources available to individual with communicative delays or disorders;
  7. participate as a team member and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills;
  8. apply professional and ethical behavior;
  9. apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities;
  10. employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Sem 3: Summer 2020

Admission Requirements:

  • Postsecondary diploma or degree with a specialty in communication disorders, linguistics, human anatomy and physiology, social sciences, or human services curricula is preferred.  Applicants who do not meet this preference will be considered if they have completed communicative disorders profession-specific volunteer experience.

Selection Process:

Applicants are required to submit a resume, a letter of intent, two letters of reference, and academic grades/transcriptions of all postsecondary diploma and/or degree studies.

Additional Information:

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current standard First Aid, C.P.R. Level "C" or "HCP" certification, and verification of immunization prior to the commencement of the preclinical course, "Introduction to Theory and Practice," in semester 1.

Certain clinical placements will require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Record Check including a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied.

Graduation Requirements

13 Program Courses
2 Field Placements

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
CODA 1000 Articulation and Phonology 42
CODA 1001 Introduction to Audiology and Amplification Systems 42
CODA 1002 Language Disorders In Children 42
CODA 1003 Introduction to The Profession 28
CODA 1004 Augmentative and Alternative Communication 42
CODA 1006 Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults 28
CODA 1017 Introduction to Theory and Practice 28
 Hours252
Semester 2
Field Placements  
CODA 1015 Field Practicum 1 245
CODA 1016 Field Practicum 2 245
 Hours490
Semester 3
Program Courses  
CODA 1010 Stuttering, Fluency, and Voice 42
CODA 1011 Language, Learning and Literacy 42
CODA 1012 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: High Tech and Software 42
CODA 1014 Communication Disorders in Adults 28
CODA 1018 Advanced Theory and Practice 56
CODA 1019 Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation 42
 Hours252
 Total Hours994

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  


 

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