Unit description

Provides detailed information about children's speech, language and literacy, corresponding disorders and associated impacts. Students learn about protocols for conducting speech pathology appraisals and about principles and processes involved in planning and conducting tailored intervention and measuring communication outcomes for children (toddlers to teenagers). Information is also provided on service delivery models and clinical research.

Unit content

Topic 1: Paediatric speech, language and literacy disorders in relation to The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health; Children and Youth version [ICF-CY]
Topic 2: Speech profiles of children with various underlying conditions
Topic 3: Language profiles of children with various underlying conditions
Topic 4: Relationships between speech, language (expressive or receptive) and literacy problems and factors that impact on communication coherence, cohesion or intelligibility
Topic 5: Assessing paediatric speech and language using standardised tests
Topic 6: Assessing paediatric speech and language using sampling, transcription, analysis and interpretation
Topic 7: Processes in appraisal and diagnosis of paediatric language and literacy disorders
Topic 8: Principles of intervention, planning and measurement for child speech disorders
Topic 9: Principles of intervention, planning and measurement for child language disorders
Topic 10: Service delivery models, counselling and behaviour modification
Topic 11: Clinical report writing skills
Topic 12: Principles of multimodal intervention

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Bauman-Waengler, J, 2014, Articulatory and phonological impairments: A clinical focus, 4th edn, Pearson Education Ltd, Harlow.
  • Paul, R & Norbury, CF, 2012, Language disorders from infancy through adolescence. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and communicating, 4th edn, Elsevier, St Louise, Missouri.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 x 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 x 1 hour (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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