Unit description

Increases students' knowledge and pre-clinical skills for appraising and providing intervention for adults and children with motor speech or swallowing disorders (as a result of conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy). Students learn about mechanisms underlying dysphagia, dysarthria and dyspraxia of speech, associated symptoms and related assessment and intervention options.

Unit content

1. Neuro-anatomical and neuro-physiological perspectives of speech and swallowing and associated problems.
2. Underlying conditions and mechanisms linked with dysarthria, dyspraxia and childhood apraxia of speech.
3. Underlying conditions and mechanisms linked with dysphagia 
4. Characteristics of speech in dysarthria and dyspraxia and possible consequences from an ICF perspective.
5. Speech assessments and analyses for describing motor speech disorders.
6. Purpose and process of clinical examination of motor speech disorders and swallowing disorders.
7. The phenomenon of motor control and its development.
8. Principles and practices involved in motor learning and the relevance to intervention for motor speech disorders.
9. Intervention approaches for motor speech disorders and swallowing disorders.
10. Augmentative and alternative communication options for children with motor speech disorders.
11. Intervention plans for adults and children with motor speech and swallowing disorders.
12. Evidence base and outcome measures in relation to speech and swallowing disorders in adults and children.

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

  • Yorkston, KM, Beukelman, DR, Strand, EA & Hakel, M, 2010, Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults, 3rd edn, Pro.Ed, Texas.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book60%

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