Gold CoastSession 1Session 1

Unit description

Introduces students to speech pathology assessment and interventions for children with speech, language and communication needs of a developmental nature. Students will become familiar with assessment and intervention methods that are relevant to speech pathology practice in Australia. Students will develop skills in analysing and interpreting data and planning interventions.

Unit content

Children with speech, language and communication needs of a developmental nature: description, incidence, prevalence, risk and protective factors. Professional practices of assessment, analysis and interpretation, and 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

  • 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.
  • Paul, R & Norbury, CF, 2018, Language disorders from infancy through adolescence. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and communicating, 5th edn, Elsevier, St Louis, Missouri. ISBN: 9780323442343 .
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 study50%

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Fee information


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