Evaluating Csd 363 Is A Practicum Course On Children 's Communication, Developmental Health, Or Future Academic Performance

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CSD 363 is a practicum course that gives students the opportunity to provide schools with free speech and hearing screenings. This class is mutually beneficial, seeing that students have an undergraduate opportunity to start practicing skills typically developed in graduate school, and that families receive valuable services for free. The screenings given are comprised of two parts: the Fluharty Speech and Language test, and an audiology pure tone screening including a look in the ears with an otoscope. Under the supervision of a licensed supervisor, students will be giving these screenings and making recommendations about further evaluations if necessary. The goal is screening a 3-5 year old is to identify any factors that may impact the child’s communication, developmental health, or future academic performance (ASHA). At this age, screenings may be mandated by a school, recommended by a doctor, or simply requested from a family. For screenings, it is common to do an otoscope exam, pure tone test, and tympanogram reading. The otoscope is used to make sure there are no foreign bodies or cerumen blocking the ear canal (Oxford Medical). This would create an inaccurate screening. A pure tone test will identify the faintest tone a person can hear at select frequencies. A way to screen this age group is with a strategy called conditioned play audiometry during a pure tone test. With this, the child is asked to perform an activity every time a tone is heard. The

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