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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Prepares students for speech pathology practice when working with children and adults with fluency disorders, including developmental and acquired stuttering, and cluttering. Students will develop understanding of assessment, frameworks for description and diagnosis, and principles of evidence-based speech pathology interventions appropriate for people with fluency disorders. The unit will promote holistic, ethical and inter-professional management of clients by applying principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

Unit content

The unit will cover a range of different themes relevant to developing knowledge and skills in the speech pathology range of practice area of fluency. These will include:

  • The role of the speech pathologist and other health professionals in providing services to clients with fluency disorders.
  • Motor, sensory, and cognitive-linguistic perspectives and accounts of fluency disorders including developmental stuttering, cluttering, and acquired stuttering in both child and adult populations.
  • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics of fluency disorders and associated factors and impacts across the domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
  • Principles and approaches to speech pathology intervention for fluency disorders of varying types for child and adult clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), fluency shaping, and fluency management.
  • Measuring outcomes of speech pathology interventions with clients with fluency disorders.
  • Service delivery issues and issues of conducting assessment and planning and implementing interventions with clients with fluency disorders from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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 measure and rate symptoms of fluency disorders using scientifically supported methods of relevance to contemporary speech pathology practice
2 demonstrate awareness of scientific theories and other factors that contribute to contemporary understanding of the clinical presentation of fluency disorders in children and adults
3 plan and justify speech pathology assessment for child and adult clients presenting with fluency disorders
4 analyse and interpret speech pathology assessment data from child and adult clients with fluency disorders
5 plan evidence-based and holistic speech pathology intervention for child and adult clients presenting with fluency disorders
6 model speech pathology assessment and intervention practices appropriate for clients with fluency disorders

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

  1. measure and rate symptoms of fluency disorders using scientifically supported methods of relevance to contemporary speech pathology practice
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  2. demonstrate awareness of scientific theories and other factors that contribute to contemporary understanding of the clinical presentation of fluency disorders in children and adults
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    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  3. plan and justify speech pathology assessment for child and adult clients presenting with fluency disorders
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    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  4. analyse and interpret speech pathology assessment data from child and adult clients with fluency disorders
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    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  5. plan evidence-based and holistic speech pathology intervention for child and adult clients presenting with fluency disorders
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    • GA6:
  6. model speech pathology assessment and intervention practices appropriate for clients with fluency disorders
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    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Available to download from Australian Stuttering Research Centre at Sydney University (http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/asrc/downloads/): Onslow, M, 2017, Stuttering and its treatment: Eleven lectures, March 2017, Mark Onslow, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 978-0-646-92717-6.
  • Guitar, B, 2013, Stuttering: An integrated approach to its nature and treatment, 4th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. ISBN: 9781608310043.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.