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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Provides detailed information about children's speech, language and literacy, corresponding disorders and associated impacts. Students learn about protocols for conducting speech pathology appraisals and about principles and processes involved in planning and conducting tailored intervention and measuring communication outcomes for children (toddlers to teenagers). Information is also provided on service delivery models and clinical research.

Unit content

Topic 1: Paediatric speech, language and literacy disorders in relation to the ICF-CY
Topic 2: Speech profiles of children with various underlying conditions
Topic 3: Language profiles of children with various underlying conditions
Topic 4: Relationships between speech, language (expressive or receptive) and literacy problems and factors that impact on communication coherence, cohesion or intelligibility
Topic 5: Assessing paediatric speech using standardised tests
Topic 6: Assessing paediatric speech and language using dynamic testing and sampling
Topic 7: Processes in appraisal and diagnosis of paediatric language and literacy disorders
Topic 8: Principles of intervention, planning and measurement for child speech disorders
Topic 9: Principles of intervention, planning and measurement for child language disorders
Topic 10: Service delivery models, counselling and behaviour modification
Topic 11: Evidence based practice and the notion of a clinical researcher
Topic 12: Culturally sensitive practice for children with speech, language or literacy problems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 differentiate children's communication difficulties in relation to form, content and use and according to the ICF-CY framework
2 illustrate typical speech profiles of children with congenital cleft palate, hearing loss, cognitive-linguistic difficulties and motor coordination problems and communication profiles expected of children with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and others
3 describe the relationship between speech, language (expressive or receptive) and literacy difficulties and demonstrate the manner in which morpho-syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, discourse and speech aspects can impact on coherence, cohesion or intelligibility of children's verbal or written communication
4 describe and demonstrate principles and procedures involved in paediatric speech, language and literacy assessment, analysis and diagnosis
5 explain and demonstrate principles of intervention, planning and measurement, evidence based practice, culturally sensitive practice and alternative service delivery models for children with speech, language or literacy problems
6 describe the notion of a clinical researcher
7 demonstrate and reflect upon group work.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. differentiate children's communication difficulties in relation to form, content and use and according to the ICF-CY framework
    • GA4:
  2. illustrate typical speech profiles of children with congenital cleft palate, hearing loss, cognitive-linguistic difficulties and motor coordination problems and communication profiles expected of children with conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and others
    • GA4:
  3. describe the relationship between speech, language (expressive or receptive) and literacy difficulties and demonstrate the manner in which morpho-syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, discourse and speech aspects can impact on coherence, cohesion or intelligibility of children's verbal or written communication
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. describe and demonstrate principles and procedures involved in paediatric speech, language and literacy assessment, analysis and diagnosis
    • GA4:
  5. explain and demonstrate principles of intervention, planning and measurement, evidence based practice, culturally sensitive practice and alternative service delivery models for children with speech, language or literacy problems
    • GA4:
  6. describe the notion of a clinical researcher
    • GA2:
    • GA5:
  7. demonstrate and reflect upon group work.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Bauman-Waengler, J, 2011, Articulatory and phonological impairments: A clinical focus, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, NeedhamHeights, MA.
  • Paul, R & Norbury, CF, 2012, Language disorders from infancy through adolescence. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and communicating, 4th edn, Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.