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Survey of Speech, Language, & Hearing Disorders


Instructor: Julie Hurd
Office Hours: Tuesdays from 10am - 11am (via course Zoom link)

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Course Description

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

Important Dates

Wednesday, August 25 - First day of Fall 2021 classes
Tuesday, August 31 - Last day to add a course
Monday, December 13 - Last day to withdraw from a course with a “W” grade
Tuesday, December 14 - Reading Day
Wednesday, December 15 - Final Examinations Begin
Tuesday, December 21 - Final Examinations End / End of Spring Semester
The full academic calendar, including many other important dates, is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website

Mental Health Resources

Brooklyn College Personal Counseling Services

  • Phone: (718) 951-5363
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  • Campus Location: 0203 James Hall

To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA)

  • TWLOHA is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Crisis Text Line

  • A free, 24/7, confidential text message service for people in crisis.
  • Text TWLOHA to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • 1-800-273-8255

Other Resources for Students in Crisis

National COVID-19 Student Support Guide

Description: This guide, organized by Edquity, aims to help students in crisis get assistance with food, housing, healthcare, mental health, and provide other resources that students can benefit from during the pandemic.URL for National COVID-19 Student Support Guide

Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students

About: Dear college students: We know this is a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty. Please know that you are not alone. Your needs are legitimate, and you deserve support. This guide addresses common needs and offers resources. We also urge you to seek support from your college or university. We want you to be healthy and continue your education. We believe in you. -- The Hope Center Team. URL for Surviving COVID-19

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Young Invincibles New York 2020 Resource Document

Description: The Resources for New York City’s Young Adults in this document were Compiled by Spring 2020 cohort of New York Young Advocates. These resources are being updated weekly.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) COVID19 Resource and Information Guide

Description: NAMI educates and provides assistance for those who are dealing with mental illnesses and their families. The resource and information guide can help in dealing with overwhelming emotions that arise during the pandemic.

Course Components

Attendance is expected and necessary for optimal comprehension of the material. Each student is expected to attend scheduled course Zoom sessions, be respectful and contribute to class discussions. I am aware that every student has a different level of comfort in the classroom. If you are unable to contribute to the discussion during class, please feel free to email me your thoughts, ideas, and questions about the course content at the end of class.

  • 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.
  • The instructor will host live online sessions via Zoom on Thursdays from 8am to 10:45am.
  • Blackboard will be utilized for discussion boards, course materials and assignment submissions.
  • The link to live Zoom sessions will be located in the course menu on BlackBoard.
  • For students experiencing weak internet connection, a dial-in option allows them to listen to live sessions using a telephone.
  • Please log in to each session on time and be prepared to discuss the material and required readings/films.
  • Office hours will take place on Tuesdays from 10am - 11am via course Zoom link listed on BlackBoard

IMPORTANT: If you do not have reliable and regular access to a desktop or laptop computer, headphones or internet access please go to the Brooklyn College Device Loan Requests/Returns to request equipment. Brooklyn College has Chromebooks, Laptops, iPads, Headphones and T-Mobile Hotspots that can be loaned to you. 

Live lectures will take place weekly via Zoom each Thursday from 8am to 10:45am, unless otherwise discussed. The link to the Zoom session, as well as call in options, can be found on the BlackBoard menu.
Students are expected to attend the entire class period via Zoom, as well as to participate in class discussions, respond to discussion board prompts, and complete assignments on time.
Students will write two Response Papers for a film or documentary. Response Papers will be graded on the depth of your understanding of the concepts presented in the film, as well as your clarity of writing. Details and grading rubrics will be discussed prior to the assigned due date.

Early in the semester, each student will be assigned an application relating to speech and language. At the end of the semester, students will submit a presentation about their app (the presentation format is ‘To Be Determined’). Details about student presentations will be discussed during a live session on Zoom. Notify your instructor at least 24 hours prior to your assigned presentation day if you cannot attend. Proof of reason must be presented to the instructor.

The Midterm will cover all lectures, written assignments, and readings up to the specified date. The Midterm will be administered via Blackboard and will utilize strict regulations to avoid cheating. No makeup assignments will be permitted without proof of the reason for absence.

The Final will be a take-home style exam due on our Final Examination Day, December 16th 2021, by 11:59 pm 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%


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


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
  • Wed, August 25: First day of Fall 2021 classes
  • Tues, August 31: Last day to add a course
  • Mon, December 13: Last day to withdraw from course with “W” grade
  • Tues, December 14: Reading Day 
  • Wed, December 15: Final Examinations Begin
  • Tues, December 21: Final Examinations End / End of Fall Semester