CHLD 166: Speech and Language Development and Disorders

Citrus College Course Outline of Record

Citrus College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Fall 2021
Credits: 2
Total Contact Hours: 36
Lecture Hours : 36
Lab Hours: 0
Hours Arranged: 0
Outside of Class Hours: 72
Transferable to CSU: Yes
Transferable to UC: No
Grading Method: Standard Letter

Catalog Course Description

This course will cover children's acquisition of speech and language skills from birth to age five. Emphasis will be on normal language, articulation, fluency, and voice development. Included will be children's language learning strategies, adult teaching strategies, language and cultural differences, and an overview of communication disorders, as well as appropriate referral to a professional. 36 lecture hours.

Course Objectives

  • compare two or more theories of language acquisition
  • describe the sequence of normal language development from birth to 5 years
  • identify potential problems in a child's speech and/or language development and follow through with a referral to a professional if necessary
  • implement two or more developmentally appropriate language teaching strategies

Major Course Content

  1. Overview of the Language System
  2. Theories of Language Development
  3. Physiological/Neurological Basis for Language/Speech Development
  4. Cognitive/Perceptual Basis for Language Development
  5. Children's Language Learning Strategies
  6. Adult Teaching Strategies
  7. Language Development in the Infant/Toddler
  8. Language Development in the Preschool Child
  9. Language and Cultural Differences
  10. Overview of Communication Disorders

Suggested Reading Other Than Required Textbook

Apel, Ken/Masterson, Julie, Beyond Baby Talk, 2001, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Publisher
The reading for this course is:

Examples of Required Writing Assignments

Provide a written assessment of techniques used by a speech pathologist to diagnose or remediate a speech problem that a child exhibits.

Examples of Outside Assignments

Observe stages of language development in children 0-5 years. Shadow a child's session with a speech pathologist to observe testing of language and remediation of speech problems.

Instruction Type(s)

Lecture, Online Education Lecture