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SL2006 - Speech Development and Impairment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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, and models and processes explaining normal speech development and impairment will be discussed. Implications across cultural contexts will be considered. Assessment and intervention methods will be described and demonstrated. Practical opportunities will be provided for students to observe, record and analyse normal and impaired oromotor function and speech, and for students to practice simple assessment administration. The effects of speech impairments on activity and participation in educational and community contexts will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of the theories and processes underlying: normal and abnormal oral structure and function; impaired speech development (including articulation, phonology, cranio-facial abnormalities and childhood apraxia) and cultural and ESL considerations for phonological development and impairment;
  • Students will demonstrate and apply knowledge of the theories and processes underlying assessment and diagnosis of speech impairments; and intervention for speech impairments;
  • Students will demonstrate competency in: recording, transcribing and analysing speech production in children with delayed and impaired development; assessment procedures for oromotor function and speech skills; and analysing and interpreting assessment results;
  • Students will demonstrate competency in planning intervention for a wide range of developmental speech impairments.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams.
Prerequisites: SL1001 AND SL1004 AND HS1003 AND BM1051


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 52 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 15 hours fieldwork
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 35%); quizzes or tests (20% - 25%); tutorial attendance and participation (5%); assignments (40% - 45%); pass/fail completion of fieldwork observation and screening tasks (%).
Special Assessment Requirements: All assessment components must be passed to reflect required competencies in Assessment, Analysis and Interpretation, and Intervention Planning. All assessment tasks must be completed/submitted by the due date.

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.