Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to speech pathology assessment and intervention approaches and methods for children with speech sound disorders. Students engage with structured learning experiences built around subject based content, so as to develop knowledge and skills for applying: standardised tests; speech sampling; phonetic transcription and analysis of disordered speech; interpretation of this data and associated sources of information; principles of intervention, treatment planning and outcome measurement.

Unit content

  • Principles and practices in assessing, diagnosing, treating and measuring and reporting outcomes for child speech sound disorders in relation to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, Children and Youth Version (ICF-CY).
  • Nature, types and classification of speech sound disorders (e.g. articulation, phonological, childhood apraxia of speech), incidence, prevalence, risk and protective factors
  • Standardised and non-standardised assessments for child speech
  • Phonetic, phonological and motor intervention approaches for child speech
  • Phases of treatment (e.g. establishment, stabilisation, generalisation)
  • Service delivery models (e.g. individual versus group)

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • McLeod, S & Baker, E, 2017, Children's speech: An evidence-based approach to assessment and intervention, Pearson Education Ltd, Boston. ISBN: 978-0-13-275596-2.
  • Shipley, KG & McAfee, JG, 2016, Assessment in speech-language pathology: A resource manual, 5th edn, Cengage Learning, Boston, MA. ISBN: 9781285198057.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Case study40%

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