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Communicative Disorders Assistant

Communicative Disorders Assistant Ontario College Graduate Certificate

What is Communicative Disorders Assistant?

The Communicative Disorders Assistant Program prepares graduates to work in an adjunctive capacity as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates to conduct remediation programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the treatment plan.

Based on a thorough understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders, students develop programming skills and learn intervention techniques to evoke and sustain communication behaviours. In addition students become aware of vital behaviour and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of treatment.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
CODA
Length:
1 Year
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
3 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Contact:
Kristene Brandt
Email:
Kristene.Brandt@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1639

The Communicative Disorders Assistant Program prepares graduates to work in an adjunctive capacity as supportive personnel to qualified Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologists in a variety of treatment settings. Emphasis is placed on preparing graduates to conduct remediation programming after the Speech-Language Pathologist or the Audiologist has completed the assessment and determined the treatment plan.

Based on a thorough understanding of physiological and functional speech/language and hearing disorders, students develop programming skills and learn intervention techniques to evoke and sustain communication behaviours. In addition students become aware of vital behaviour and environmental factors that can potentially support or erode the efficacy of treatment.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • implement remedial speech/language/hearing programs under the supervision of a speech and language pathologist or audiologist


  • collect, compute and display therapy data based on observational training


  • perform routinely required maintenance procedures on therapy materials and equipment


  • prepare written and oral progress reports


  • describe and illustrate sensitivity to underlying behaviour which contributes to client dysfunction


  • identify ancillary resources available to the communicatively disordered


  • participate as a team member and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills


  • perform activities in a professional and ethical manner


  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession


  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to realize social, environmental and/or financial rewards.
Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3

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Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017

- Post-secondary diploma or degree with emphasis in communication disorders, linguistics, human anatomy and physiology, social sciences, or human services curricula.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this program:

- Post-secondary diploma or degree with emphasis in communication disorders, linguistics, human anatomy and physiology, social sciences, or human services curricula

13 Mandatory Courses

2 Field Placements

Applicants will be asked to submit and decisions will be based on a resume, academic grades/transcripts of all post-secondary diploma and/or degree studies, a letter of intent and two letters of reference.

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Mandatory Courses

CODA1000 Articulation and Phonology
CODA1001 Introduction to Audiology and Amplification Systems
CODA1002 Language Disorders In Children
CODA1003 Introduction to The Profession
CODA1004 Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CODA1006 Introduction to Communication Disorders in Adults
CODA1010 Stuttering, Fluency, and Voice
CODA1011 Language, Learning and Literacy
CODA1012 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: High Tech and Software
CODA1014 Communication Disorders in Adults
CODA1017 Introduction to Theory and Practice
CODA1018 Advanced Theory and Practice
CODA1019 Amplification Systems and Aural Rehabilitation
Field Placements
CODA1015 Field Practicum 1
CODA1016 Field Practicum 2

In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current standard First Aid, C.P.R. Level "C" or "HCP" certification, and verification of immunization prior to the commencement of the preclinical course, "Introduction to Theory and Practice," in semester 1.

Certain clinical placements will require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Record Check including a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Database. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied.

CDA students teach Sound Sense

This summer, students in the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program facilitated Sound Sense presentations on behalf of the Hearing Foundation of Canada to fourth grade students across Simcoe County. Read more...

Picture of Victor Musowa

Victor Musowa

Founder, Rehab Clinic and Children's Education Centre, Malawi

Program:

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Year:

2006


Driven by passion to work in the field of communicative disorders, Victor Musowa took advantage of an opportunity to study as an international student at Georgian, absorb as much knowledge as he could, and take it back to his native country of Malawi to help children with special needs. Read more...

CDA students teach Sound Sense

This summer, students in the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program facilitated Sound Sense presentations on behalf of the Hearing Foundation of Canada to fourth grade students across Simcoe County. Read more...

A student sits in the welcome area for the clinic

New clients welcome for speech services

For many, the summer is a time to kick back and relax. However, when it comes to speech, consistent and regular practice can help retain and improve speech goals. Read more...

A group of students in evening wear pose in the Georgian Dining Room.

Communicative Disorders Assistant students raise funds for AboutFace

Georgian Communicative Disorders Assistant students raise funds for AboutFace, a national charity that provides support to individuals living with a facial difference. Read more...

Man holding a hand to his ear

Georgian offers Hear Smarter – Communicate Easier workshop for seniors with hearing aids

The Georgian College Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program and the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic offered a Hear Smarter – Communicate Easier workshop for seniors with hearing aids in May and June, 2013 at the Sadlon Centre for Health and Wellness. Read more...

A group of students pose in front of a table full of baked goods.

CDA students help grad achieve his vision in Malawi

During the fall semester, students in the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program raised $2,175 for theirVoiceless for Victor campaign – helping to fund a speech and hearing clinic in Malawi, Africa, created by Victor Musowa, a former Georgian CDA student from Malawi. Read more...

An older woman receives a hearing aid test at a health care clinic.

Students celebrate Speech and Hearing Month

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) students celebrated Speech and Hearing Month by offering a 50 per cent discount to college employees and community members on speech screenings and hearing tests in the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic. Read more...

A large group of students, staff and their families at Boston Pizza

Students raise $623 in support of Operation Smile

For the past three years, students from the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program have fundraised for Operation Smile. On Nov. 26, students held their first fundraising event of the year at Boston Pizza in Barrie, raising $623. Read more...

Congrats to our Communicative Disorders Assistant students for a successful year of fundraising.

Students surpass fundraising goal in support of Operation Smile

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) students held their third annual Smiles for Hope Gala on July 18, raising close to $3,000 in support of Operation Smile. CDA students organized another successful gala that included a dinner and silent auction.They have been fundraising all year. Read more...

A large group of students stand outside holding paper smiles up to their mouths

Smiles for Hope charity gala a success

Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) students raised $4,104.70 in support of Operation Smile at the second annual Smiles for Hope dinner gala fundraiser on July 25 in the Georgian Dining Room, Barrie Campus. Read more...

Picture of Victor Musowa

Victor Musowa

Founder, Rehab Clinic and Children's Education Centre, Malawi

Program:

Communicative Disorders Assistant

Year:

2006


Driven by passion to work in the field of communicative disorders, Victor Musowa took advantage of an opportunity to study as an international student at Georgian, absorb as much knowledge as he could, and take it back to his native country of Malawi to help children with special needs. Read more...

Smiling alumna Mindy Piva using a large hand puppet

Mindy Piva

Early Intervention Worker, Community Support Services

Program:

Communicative Disorders Assistant


I chose my program because when my sister was younger, she was unable to talk and express her needs – that is, until she received help from a speech language pathologist and a communicative disorders assistant. Read more...

Why should I choose Georgian College’s Communicative Disorders Assistant program?

One of the key features of our program is that our students complete clinic rotations, in both the fall and summer semesters, in the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic. This clinic offers state-of-the-art equipment and training that enables students to observe and participate in speech-language and audiological treatment sessions and programming involving community clients.

Our highly qualified faculty members are well known for their experience, and their ability to work with students to put theory into practice.

Our program provides clinical experience and two field practica in which students gain hands-on experience and learn more about career possibilities.

What diplomas/undergraduate degrees are recommended in order to increase chance of acceptance?

A two-year college diploma or a three or four-year university degree in the area of language science, social sciences or human services is preferred. It is an advantage to have experience working or volunteering with people with speech-language or auditory disorders or delays.

When and how do I apply for the program?

See instructions on how to apply.

Once a candidate has applied, OCAS will forward your information to the Office of the Registrar at Georgian. Upon receipt of your application at Georgian College, the Office of the Registrar will send you a letter to confirm receipt of your application and to outline the required supportive documentation.

As part of the required supportive documentation package, candidates will be asked to provide a letter of intent (stating why you are interested in the program and why you are suited to a career in communication disorders/delays); a resumé; and two letters of reference (referees can be volunteer/employment and/or academic-related). You will be instructed to send the supplemental documentation to the Office of the Registrar.

From whom should I obtain letters of reference?

It is beneficial to have worked or volunteered with a speech-language pathologist (SLP) or with an audiologist (AUD) and supply corresponding letters of reference. Academic references are also accepted.

Is the Communicative Disorders Assistant program offered on a part-time basis or online?

Currently, our program is not offered on a part-time basis, nor is it offered online.

When does the Communicative Disorders Assistant program commence?

The program commences in September of each year and runs continuously through the fall, winter and summer semesters.

Are students expected to complete clinic rotations in the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic at the Barrie Campus?

Yes, in the fall and summer semesters students are required to complete clinic rotations. Clinic rotations will be assigned once the semester has commenced.

What are the requirements to be eligible to complete the clinic rotations?

Students must provide proof of a current standard First Aid, CPR Level C or HCP certification, and verification of immunization prior to the commencement of clinic rotations.

Are there field practicum placements?

Yes.  In total, students complete 48 hours of clinic placements in the Harmonize for Speech, Hearing and Language Clinic and 495 hours in two separate seven-week field practicum placements.

The school year unfolds as follows: 14-week academic semester on campus in the fall (September–December); 14-week non-paid field practicum placement in the winter (January-April); 14-week academic semester on campus in the summer (May-August).

Please note, tuition is charged for each of the three semesters. Students are encouraged to pursue internships in geographic locations of their choice.  It may be necessary to plan for housing costs and other related costs during internships.

Who procures field practicum placements?

The task of soliciting practicum opportunities is responsibility of the student.  The task of finalizing a field practicum opportunity is the responsibility of the college.  In this model, the student has control over where and in which context she/he completes the field practicum placement.

The steps for procuring a field practicum placement are as follows:

  • Once a student has paid a tuition deposit for the fall semester, she/he will be contacted by the field placement officer assigned to the program.
  • Students will receive instructions on how to solicit a field practicum placement opportunity and will be provided the necessary documentation on behalf of the college.
  • Students are encouraged to solicit field practicum placement opportunities in a community of their choice, factoring in future employment/residence opportunities as well as current resident arrangements.
  • Once students have obtained an informal agreement with an agency willing to host a field practicum placement, the field placement officer is responsible for completing the necessary documentation.
  • Students who do not have a field practicum placement secured before September will be expected to continue to solicit field practicum placement opportunities during the fall semester.

Once again, the students is responsible for soliciting practicum opportunities. The college is responsible for finalizing the agreement with the hosting agency.

Can I complete a placement in the Barrie area?

Students should be prepared to travel outside of the Barrie area for practicum opportunities. The amount of opportunities in and around the Barrie campus of Georgian College is very limited.

Students will need to keep this in mind if they plan on renting and signing a lease for the year as the program cannot guarantee a placement in and around Barrie based on a student signing a year’s lease.

What are suitable practica sites?

A suitable practicum site is an agency with a SLP or AUD on staff who is prepared to supervise a student and who meets the requirements of CASLPO (College of Audiologists and Speech-language Pathologists of Ontario). These sites may include hospitals, children’s treatment centres, preschool speech and language programs, private clinics, long term care facilities and rehabilitation centres.

What is the practica eligibility?

  • Students must successfully complete all academic courses in the fall semester (minimum 60 per cent) to be eligible to proceed to practicum.
  • Other non-academic requirements include completion of the college immunization form and a copy of the student’s current Standard First Aid Certificate.
  • A criminal reference check (including vulnerable sector screening) is also required prior to field practica.
  • The criminal reference check is completed at the student’s expense and should be secured no earlier than middle of the fall semester.

Where are the jobs?

CDAs are employed in hospitals, school boards, private speech-language and audiology clinics, children’s treatment centres, long term care facilities, rehabilitation centres and preschool speech and language programs. CDAs are also employed in non-traditional roles as our graduates come out with highly transferable skills. Some examples of other positions that a CDA may be employed in are sales/marketing for audiology or speech/augmentative equipment/materials, assistive technology working with people with disabilities or operation of workshops or support groups.

 What is the salary range for a CDA?

Our program advisory committee suggests a range between $20 – $26/hour with the average entry-level wage being $24/hour. Annual salaries range from $35,000-$55,000.

Program graduation requirements

CDA Program Map Spring 2014

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Kristene Brandt
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1639

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