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In this unit, language disorders from infancy through childhood to adolescence and adulthood will be presented. Both developmental and acquired disorders will be the focus of study. Traditional and current approaches to the investigation of language disorders across the lifespan will be included, as well as the importance of multicultural factors. The focus will be on the description, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of developmental and acquired language disorders. The course will also discuss the characteristics of different language disorders within the context of academic achievement (literacy) and family, peer and work relationships.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Describe approaches to assessment and treatment for language disorders;
- Recognise and suggest a range of language assessments that are appropriate for different age groups;
- Evaluate and interpret language assessment data;
- Both describe and diagnose language disorders across the lifespan;
- Discriminate between intervention options, considering scientific evidence alongside client, family and service delivery (e.g. health promotion, prevention, tertiary service delivery) contexts;
- Apply methods for determining appropriate intervention goals for individuals in collaboration with clients and their caregivers;
- Identify methods for monitoring intervention progress and evaluating intervention outcomes.
On completion of this subject students should show:
- an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
- a capacity to articulate their knowledge in both oral and written formats
Last updated: 10 November 2023