CODI 508

FALL 2003

This page is designed to handle the material presented by Dr. Damico under the course rubric of CODI 508.  The course is listed as "Aphasia in Adults" and it is the clinical course in the graduate program at the University of Louisiana Lafayette that provides theoretical, empirical, and clinical considerations of the disability of aphasia and its implications.  There are several sets of buttons below that will link to information pertinent to the course and to some of Dr. Damico's research and writings on this topic.  Click on the topic that you seek.  Please note that I no longer place cursory notes on this website.  Rather, they are now placed in a BLACKBOARD system for registered students.

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         Graduate Catalogue Description of the Course

A clinical study of speech and language disorders associated with aphasia in adults with emphasis on etiology, pathology, evaluation, and managment. Prereq: CODI 118, 219, 374

     Dr. Damico's Course Description on the Syllabus

The study of aphasia is an extremely interesting exercise. It is richly clinical and strikingly theoretical in a very enlightening way. The main issues revolve around four questions (Rogers, Alarcon, & Olswang (1999):
    What is the nature and scope of the impairment with respect to speech, language,
            and  cognition?
    What are the limitations experienced by the individual with respect to communication?
    What are the emotional, psychological, and social consequences of living with aphasia
            for the individual as well as those playing significant roles in his or her life?
    What do we do on Monday morning to help overcome the impairments, limitations,
            and consequences?

The nature of aphasia will be investigated from a clinical case studies perspective. The aim is to allow student to see videos of individuals with aphasia and to enter into a learning exercise that will enable you to become an effective practitioner in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, community-based clinics, and various types of long-term care facilities.  As mentioned earlier, I believe that we are currently undergoing a metamorphosis in the neuropathologies.  We are moving away from a fairly simplistic medical model and dealing with a much more complex systems-theory/social model.  This model better approximates the needs of individuals in the neuropathologies but will require some sort of new framework.  This approach will be handled by recognizing the important conceptual issues and then by employing the World Health Organization's newest tripartite classification system of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions.

                           Pertinent Course Material
These first three buttons are oriented to the actual material used in the course itself.  To access the material listed, please click on the button. To access the cursory notes for the course, please go to the BLACKBOARD system on the University of Louisiana At Lafayette Website.  This site is accessible to all enrolled students.

Supplementary Readings in Aphasia

 Course Syllabus
Questions to Ponder

     Dr. Damico's Work Relative to Aphasia in Adults
These buttons link to Dr.Damico's actual work and collaborations in the area of Aphasia.  To access on the material, click on the button


Dr. Damico's Writings Relevant to Aphasia

Dr. Damico's Primary Aphasia Collaborators
Damico's Current Aphasia Interests

      Some Linkages to other Web Sites of Interest


The Doris B. Hawthorne Center

         Department of Communicative Disorders
Clinical Aphasiology Conference Web Site
ASHA Division Special Interest Division 2
       National Center for Neurogenic Communication Disorders
 National Aphasia Association

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