This subject will engage students in a critical review of current empirical research in the area of reading difficulties, dyslexia, language and other communication disorders. Impact and likely causes of learning difficulties in the basic academic areas of reading, spelling, mathematics and comprehension will be explored. Effective instruction in the systematic, direct and explicit teaching of reading will be addressed. Specific communication difficulties associated with autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability will be examined. Assessment of communication difficulties and evaluation of a range of educational strategies will be considered. Interventions including alternate communication strategies and other technology based solutions will be reviewed and critically evaluated in light of evidence-based practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Understand how specific or persistent difficulties in reading impedes the development of age appropriate comprehension, writing and spelling skills and its impact on social inclusion.||Cultural competence|
|2||Consider the research and identify effective teaching strategies to improve reading numeracy, and comprehension.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||Describe the rationale of assessing speech, language and communication needs in the early childhood settings.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Implement a systematic, direct and explicit phonics instruction program for a student who is experiencing difficulties in learning to read.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Understand the wide range of characteristics of students on the Autism Spectrum, students with cerebral palsy and students with intellectual disability.||Cultural competence|
|6||Design a range of strategies which address the needs of students on the Autism Spectrum in the areas of language,cognitive development and communication skills.||Cultural competence|
|7||Identify appropriate adaptive technology that will provide enhanced access and participation to the curriculum for students with additional needs in literacy and communication.||Knowledge of a discipline|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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