Unit description

Increases students' understanding of characteristics of speech fluency, dysfluency and stuttering in adults and children. Students learn about widespread ramifications potentially linked to stuttering. Students develop knowledge and skills for assessing and providing intervention strategies that reduce stuttering behaviours and decrease associated negative attitudes about speaking.

Unit content

1. Fluent and dysfluent speech, primary and secondary stuttering. 
2. Motor and neurologic factors in stuttering. 
3. Linguistic factors in stuttering. 
4. Affective factors in stuttering, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and social skills training 
5. Complexity perspectives in relation to stuttering. 
6. Qualitative types of assessment and analysis processes pertinent to appraising fluency and stuttering (e.g. describing repetitions and prolongations). 
7. Quantitative types of assessment and analysis processes pertinent to appraising fluency and stuttering (e.g. calculating frequency of stuttering). 
8. Fluency management intervention approaches. 
9. Fluency shaping intervention approaches. 
10. Assessment, service delivery models and intervention planning for clients from diverse backgrounds. 
11. Intervention issues and planning for paediatric stuttering. 
12. Measuring change in areas of stuttering related to behaviours, cognition, affect and participation.

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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