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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Increases students' understanding of characteristics of speech fluency, dysfluency and stuttering in adults and children. Students learn about widespread ramifications potentially linked to stuttering. Students develop knowledge and skills for assessing and providing intervention strategies that reduce stuttering behaviours and decrease associated negative attitudes about speaking.

Unit content

1. Fluent and dysfluent speech, primary and secondary stuttering. 
2. Motor and neurologic factors in stuttering. 
3. Linguistic factors in stuttering. 
4. Affective factors in stuttering, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and social skills training 
5. Complexity perspectives in relation to stuttering. 
6. Qualitative types of assessment and analysis processes pertinent to appraising fluency and stuttering (e.g. describing repetitions and prolongations). 
7. Quantitative types of assessment and analysis processes pertinent to appraising fluency and stuttering (e.g. calculating frequency of stuttering). 
8. Fluency management intervention approaches. 
9. Fluency shaping intervention approaches. 
10. Assessment, service delivery models and intervention planning for clients from diverse backgrounds. 
11. Intervention issues and planning for paediatric stuttering. 
12. Measuring change in areas of stuttering related to behaviours, cognition, affect and participation.

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 Identify qualities of fluent and dysfluent speech and characteristics of primary and secondary stuttering.
2 Explain factors that influence stuttering (e.g. motor, neurologic, linguistic and affective).
3 Demonstrate qualitative and quantitative types of assessment and analysis processes pertinent to appraising fluency and stuttering.
4 Illustrate intervention approaches for people who stutter, including fluency management, fluency shaping, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and social skills training.
5 Formulate an intervention plan for paediatric stuttering and describe alternative service delivery models.
6 Illustrate how an outcome measure such as the Wright and Ayre Stuttering Self-Rating Profile (WASSP) measures change in areas of stuttering related to behaviours, cognition, affect and participation.
7 Describe appropriate strategies for assessing and treating fluency disorders in people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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

  1. Identify qualities of fluent and dysfluent speech and characteristics of primary and secondary stuttering.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. Explain factors that influence stuttering (e.g. motor, neurologic, linguistic and affective).
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. Demonstrate qualitative and quantitative types of assessment and analysis processes pertinent to appraising fluency and stuttering.
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  4. Illustrate intervention approaches for people who stutter, including fluency management, fluency shaping, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and social skills training.
    • GA2:
    • GA4:
  5. Formulate an intervention plan for paediatric stuttering and describe alternative service delivery models.
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  6. Illustrate how an outcome measure such as the Wright and Ayre Stuttering Self-Rating Profile (WASSP) measures change in areas of stuttering related to behaviours, cognition, affect and participation.
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  7. Describe appropriate strategies for assessing and treating fluency disorders in people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
    • GA7:

Prescribed texts

  • Guitar, B & McCauley, R, 2010, Treatment of stuttering: established and emerging interventions, 1st edn, Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.