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SL2002 - Language Development and Impairment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology IHCAP Program and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours Programs.

The subject will provide the theoretical foundation and professional skill base necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of developmental language impairments in children and adolescents. Aetiological factors, models and processes explaining language difference and impairment, will be discussed, with comparison to typical language development. Implications across linguistic and cultural contexts will be considered, with attention to language differences among Indigenous Australian children. Assessment and intervention methods will be described, demonstrated and evaluated with respect to current theories and evidence-in-practice principles. The impact of spoken language impairments on written literacy (reading and writing) and on activity and participation in educational and community contexts will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand, select, describe and demonstrate appropriate assessment, diagnostic and intervention procedures for child language impairment;
  • analyse and compare child language assessment data to diagnostic evidence and cultural expectations formulate a diagnosis and determine appropriate language intervention goals;
  • research, recommend and justify language intervention priorities and approaches based on sound theoretical and evidence-based principles;
  • apply assessment, diagnostic and intervention planning principles to children with language impairment;
  • collaborate effectively with others to explore questions and pose solutions to case-based problems pertinent to children with language impairment.
Prerequisites: SL1001 AND HS1003 AND SL1004 AND HS2402


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Ms Lisa Fisher.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 52 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 40%); quizzes or tests (15% - 20%); assignments (40% - 50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve a minimum of 50% for all assessment components. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.