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SL2006 - Speech Development and Impairment

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

This subject will provide the theoretical foundation and professional skills base necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of developmental speech impairments in children and adolescents. Aetiological factors, models and processes explaining speech difference and impairment will be discussed, with comparison to typical speech development. Pre-literacy skills (including phonological awareness) and their relationship to both speech and written literacy (reading and spelling) will be addressed with respect to both typical and disordered development. Implications across linguistic and cultural contexts will be considered. Assessment and intervention methods will be described, demonstrated and evaluated with respect to current theories and evidence-in-practice principles. The effects of speech impairments on activity and participation in educational and community contexts will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand, select, describe and demonstrate appropriate assessment and intervention procedures for child speech sound disorders;
  • analyse and compare child speech assessment data to diagnostic evidence and formulate a diagnosis and determine appropriate speech intervention goals;
  • research, recommend and justify speech intervention priorities and approaches based on sound theoretical and evidence-based principles;
  • apply assessment, diagnostic and intervention planning principles to children with speech sound disorders;
  • collaborate effectively with others to explore questions and pose solutions to case-based problems pertinent to children with speech sound disorders.
Prerequisites: SL1001 AND SL1004 AND HS1003 AND BM1051 AND (RH1004 OR RH1002)


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
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.