2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

ESPED 6137 Language and Communication: Development and Disorders

This course examines language acquisition and development from birth through adolescence. Typical and atypical language development, as well as first and second language acquisition and development, will be addressed. Focus is on the neurological basis of communication, developmental milestones, verbal and nonverbal communication, and language diversity as differentiated from disorder. Connections between culture and communication, language delays, and communication disorders as displayed in both high-incidence disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities) and low-incidence disabilities (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder) will be studied. Appropriate teaching strategies and assistive technologies will be examined.