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Survey of Speech, Language, and Communication Disorders


Professor: Allison Boldis
Course Day: Fridays
Course Time: 8:00 A.M. - 10:45 A.M.
Location: Distance-Learning

Synchronous Schedule

Live Synchronous Classes via Zoom (Subject to Change):

  1. January 29th @ 8:00 a.m.
  2. March 12th @ 8:00 a.m.
  3. March 26th @ 8:00 a.m.
  4. April 23rd @ 8:00 a.m.
  5. May 7th @ 8:00 a.m.
  6. May 14th @ 8:00 a.m.

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Course Description

Bulletin Description:

Survey of speech, language, and communication disorders for educators. Consideration of varied disorders that might be encountered in educational settings; application to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Syllabus Description

This course is an overview of speech, language, and hearing disorders. It will investigate the impact of communication on children with developmental disabilities and enable non-specialists to work effectively with this population. Throughout this course, we will consider a range of problems (i.e. neurological and physiological disabilities), as well as applications to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Course Goals and Objectives

  1. Students will understand the differences between speech, language, and communication.
  2. Students will be able to identify the etiology and characteristics of various communication disorders.
  3. Students will understand the roles of various school-based professionals and the importance of collaboration among these professionals to support students with communicative disorders.
  4. Students will learn about various methods of assessment and treatment for communication disorders.
  5. Students will develop cultural sensitivity regarding communication differences and disorders.

Course Components

Attendance is expected and necessary for optimal comprehension of the material. Each student is expected to be respectful and contribute to class discussions. I am aware that every student has a different level of comfort participating remotely, thus please feel free to hand-in notes at the end of class or e-mail me with your thoughts, ideas, and questions about the course content.

  • If you have an excused absence (i.e. illness, family emergency, religious observance, etc.), please email me as soon as possible.
  • If you are unable to attend a class, it is your responsibility to obtain the notes, handouts, assignments, etc. from that day.
  • Flipgrid is a website that allows students to facilitate and participate in video discussions.
  • Following each lecture, students will be responsible for posting a video on FlipGrid answering the posed questions and/or prompt.
  • Students will have one week to upload their video and respond to two videos posted by their peers.
Class Date Unit # Flipgrid Due Date
January 29 Introduction February 5th
February 5th Unit 2 February 19th
February 19th Unit 3 February 26th
March 26th Unit 6 April 9h
April 23rd Unit 8 April 30h
  • Students will write two Response Papers for two films/documentaries.
  • Response Papers will be graded on the depth of your understanding of the concepts presented in the films, as well as your clarity of writing.
  • Details and grading rubrics of each Response Paper will be discussed prior to their assigned due dates.
  • Early in the semester, each student will be assigned an app relating to speech and language.
  • At the end of the semester, students will submit a presentation about their app (presentation format will be live via Zoom).
  • Details about student presentations will be discussed during a remote learning session.

If you are unable to attend remote class on your assigned presentation date, you will be expected to contact the instructor at least 24 hours in advance to schedule alternative arrangements. No makeups will be permitted without proof of reason for absence.

  • The Midterm will cover all lectures, written assignments, and readings up to the specified date.
  • This Midterm will be administered via Blackboard and will utilize strict regulations to ensure student academic integrity.
  • No makeups will be permitted without proof of reason for absence.
  • The Final will be a take-home style exam due on our Final Examination Day, May, 19th 2021, by 11:59 P.M. on Blackboard.
  • No late submissions will be accepted.
Course Element Grade Percentage
Participation 10%
Response Paper #1 15%
Midterm 20%
Response Paper #2 15%
Presentation 25%
Take-Home Final 15%

Participation Grade Breakdown:

Your participation grade is a grade out of 10 points. Below are 11 opportunities to receive credit. In theory, each one is a point on your overall average. If you complete all 10/10 opportunities, you will receive the full 10% participation for this class. If you complete 11/10, you have the opportunity to receive an extra point. I have built an extra opportunity into this semester because I understand that with the hectic lives we live and given we unexpected events with yourself, friends, family, etc. life can get crazy and assignments forgotten! Therefore, there is 11 opportunities for you to get all 10%.

Number Opportunity Description
1 FlipGrid #1
2 FlipGrid #2
3 FlipGrid #3
4 FlipGrid #4
5 FlipGrid #5
6 January 29th @ 8:00 a.m.
7 March 12th @ 8:00 a.m.
8 March 26th @ 8:00 a.m.
9 April 23rd @ 8:00 a.m.
10 May 7th @ 8:00 a.m.
11 May 14th @ 8:00 a.m


Number-letter grade equivalents
Numerical grade Letter Grade
93-100 A
90-92 A-
87-89 B+
83-86 B
80-82 B-
77-79 C+
73-76 C
70-72 C-
67-69 D+
65-66 D
Below 65 F


Email Etiquette Policy

As part of an effort to help you develop your professional communication skills, I am instituting a (somewhat) formal email etiquette policy. While in the past I have had a certain amount of patience for email messages that are written in an informal style—that is, without much attention to structure, grammar, spelling, and style—it is a good habit to practice proper email etiquette. Therefore, when you send me an email, please make every attempt to follow my recommended guidelines for acceptable email etiquette:

  • Use a properly descriptive subject line that consists of the course number (“CASD 1114”) followed by a very brief phrase that summarizes the subject of your message, such as “Response Paper 1, Question 2” or “Appointment request.” Please refrain from using short, nonspecific subject lines that have little to do with the actual message (e.g., “hi,” “class,” “paper,” “question,” “info,” “help,” or just leaving the subject line blank.)
  • Start the body of your email off with a proper greeting, such as “Hello Professor Boldis,” or something similar. (As a side benefit, this prevents you from accidentally addressing me as “Allison”)
  • Follow your greeting with at least one line of whitespace (that is, a blank line).
  • Compose your email in paragraph form (they don’t have to be indented; instead, use a line of whitespace between paragraphs). Make sure you adhere to proper sentence structure, and do your best to proofread for typos and spelling mistakes.
  • Please capitalize the first letter in each sentence.
  • Please refrain from using the types of “txt-spk” that is more appropriate for AOL Instant Messenger, like “idk”, “btw” or “lol.” (Chances are that you’re not really “laughing out loud.”)
  • Please do not send emojis that are inappropriate.
  • If you are asking me a question in your email that needs a response in a timely manner, I would appreciate a brief sentiment of gratitude as you work towards closure, such as “I really appreciate your time in this matter,” or “Thank you for whatever help you can provide.” Obviously the exact wording will vary—use your best judgment as to what is appropriate.
  • Finally, use a proper closing (doesn’t have to be too formal—save “Sincerely” or “Yours truly” for contacting someone for the first time), and then finish with your first name. You might also consider creating a “saved signature” with your contact information that you can re-use in other email messages. Here’s a simple example of a closing with a signature:



Allison Boldis
B.S. Candidate in Education (expected 2021)
CUNY Brooklyn College

  • To encourage you to get in the habit of better email etiquette, my plan is as follows: If I receive an email message from you that does not make a sincere attempt to follow the recommendations outlined above, I may respond with a “canned” (pre-written) message that will politely ask you to rewrite your email and send again. It doesn’t have to be perfect (even I mess up sometimes!), but assuming you made a decent attempt to do the right thing, then I will much more likely to provide an actual, personal, and timely response.

CUNY Policies

The Center for Student Disability Services is working remotely at this time.  Please email them at for assistance.

Students should inform the professor if they have a disability or any other situation that may require Section 504/ADA accommodations.  The faculty and staff will attempt to work out whatever arrangements are necessary.

Please provide me with your course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with me as soon as possible to ensure accommodations are met in a timely fashion.

In order to receive academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they might have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell or the Assistant Director, Josephine Patterson or their general email

  • The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism.
  • Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.
  • View complete text of CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation.
  • If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member must report the violation.
  • Please read the section entitled “Academic Regulations and Procedures” in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin for a complete listing of academic regulations of the College.

Bereavement Policy:

  • Students who experience the death of a loved one must contact the Division of Student Affairs, 2113 Boylan Hall, if they wish to implement either the Standard Bereavement Procedure or the Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure. The Division of Student Affairs has the right to request a document that verifies the death (e.g., a funeral program or death notice). Contact Email:
  • Typically, this death involves that of a family member, in parallel to the bereavement policy for faculty and staff. However, it is up to the discretion of the Division of Student Affairs to determine if a death outside of the immediate family warrants implementation of the student bereavement policy.
  •  As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.

Bereavement Procedure:

  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
  • Should the student feel that he/she needs additional days, these should be discussed with individual course instructors and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The Division of Student Affairs will contact the student’s faculty and academic staff of the student’s courses.
  • Faculty and academic staff will be advised that extensions must be granted to the student for the period of one week of excused absence.
  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors.

Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure:

  • Students may be allowed to withdraw from the semester in which the death occurs.
  • The Bereavement Leave of Absence is for one semester only.
  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  •  Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.
  • The New York State Education Law provides that no student shall be expelled or refused admission to an institution of higher education because he or she is unable to attend classes or participate in examinations or study or work requirements on any particular day or days because of religious beliefs.
  • Students who are unable to attend classes on a particular day or days because of religious beliefs will be excused from any examination or study or work requirements.
  • Faculty must make good-faith efforts to provide students absent from class because of religious beliefs equivalent opportunities to make up the work missed; no additional fees may be charged for this consideration.
  • If classes, examinations, or study or work requirements occur on Friday after 4 p.m. or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations, or study or work requirements will be made available on other days, where possible and practical.
  • The faculty and the administration will not allow any adverse or prejudicial effects to accrue to students availing themselves of this regulation.
  • If students have complaints about the application of this policy, they are entitled to bring action or a proceeding for enforcement of their rights in the Supreme Court of Kings County

Important Spring 2021 Dates: Distance-Learning
Friday, January 29th : Spring 2021 classes begin.
Thursday, February 4th: Last day to add a class for the Spring 2021 semester.
Tuesday, February 9th : Last day to submit a Pass/Fail application online for Spring 2021.
Friday, February 12th: College Closed
Monday, February 15th: College Closed
Wednesday, February 17th : Last day to apply for Spring 2021 / June 1, 2021 Graduation.
Monday, March 15th : Last day to apply for Summer 2021 / September 1, 2021 Graduation.
Saturday, March 27th : Spring Recess Begins
Sunday, April 4th : Spring Recess Ends
Tuesday, May 18th : Reading Day
Wednesday, May 19th – Tuesday, May 25th : Final Examinations.
Tuesday, May 25th : End of Spring Term
Friday, May 28th : Final Grade Submission Deadline