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SL3001 - Stuttering Across the Lifespan

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.

This subject is comprised of two modules: Stuttering and Counselling. The Stuttering module will provide the theoretical foundation and professional skill base necessary for competent practice in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment/management of stuttering disorders across the lifespan. Epidemiological, aetiological and contributing factors will be discussed. Current methods for assessment, diagnosis, prevention and intervention will be described, demonstrated and evaluated with respect to evidence-in-practice principles. The impact of stuttering on activities and participation will also be a focus for discussion. The Counselling module will provide an introduction to the principles and practices of counselling for speech pathology.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the theories and processes underlying: the development and progression of fluency, dysfluency and stuttering; approaches to assessment, diagnosis and intervention; and the limitations and restrictions that stuttering can impose on the activities and participation of people who stutter;
  • demonstrate competency in basic counselling skills;
  • demonstrate competency in diagnostic and management processes for people who stutter by: selecting and administering appropriate assessments; analysing and interpreting assessment results; identifying further information and referral requirements; selecting and planning an intervention approach; and appropriate reporting.
Prerequisites: HS2402 AND HS2403 AND SL2002 AND SL2003 AND (SL2004 OR SL2012) AND RH2002


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr William Steed
Lecturers: Professor Debra Miles, Dr William Steed.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
Assessment: quizzes or tests (20% - 50%); assignments (40% - 70%).
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.