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In this unit, speech production development and speech production disorders from infancy through childhood to adolescence and adulthood will be presented. In relation to disorder, Developmental, Syndromic/Genetic, Neurodegenerative/Movement and Acquired speech production disorders will be the focus of study. Traditional and current approaches to the investigation of speech disorders across the lifespan will be included. The unit will focus on the description, assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders. The course will also cover the impact of speech disorders on impairment, activity and participation (using the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health framework) within the context of school achievement and peer, family, and work relationships.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students will be able to:
- Describe approaches to assessment and treatment for speech disorders;
- Recognise and suggest of a range of speech assessments appropriate for different age groups
- Evaluate and interpret speech assessment data
- Both describe and differentiate speech disorders across the lifespan
- Discriminate 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