Gold CoastSession 2N/A

Unit description

Prepares students for speech pathology practice when working with children and adults with fluency disorders, including developmental and acquired stuttering, and cluttering. Students will develop understanding of assessment, frameworks for description and diagnosis, and principles of evidence-based speech pathology interventions appropriate for people with fluency disorders. The unit will promote holistic, ethical and inter-professional management of clients by applying principles of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).

Unit content

The unit will cover a range of different themes relevant to developing knowledge and skills in the speech pathology range of practice area of fluency. These will include:

  • The role of the speech pathologist and other health professionals in providing services to clients with fluency disorders.
  • Motor, sensory, and cognitive-linguistic perspectives and accounts of fluency disorders including developmental stuttering, cluttering, and acquired stuttering in both child and adult populations.
  • Quantitative and qualitative assessment of the characteristics of fluency disorders and associated factors and impacts across the domains of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF).
  • Principles and approaches to speech pathology intervention for fluency disorders of varying types for child and adult clients including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), fluency shaping, and fluency management.
  • Measuring outcomes of speech pathology interventions with clients with fluency disorders.
  • Service delivery issues and issues of conducting assessment and planning and implementing interventions with clients with fluency disorders from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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 2

  • Available to download from Australian Stuttering Research Centre at Sydney University (http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/asrc/downloads/): Onslow, M, 2017, Stuttering and its treatment: Eleven lectures, March 2017, Mark Onslow, Sydney, NSW. ISBN: 978-0-646-92717-6.
  • Guitar, B, 2013, Stuttering: An integrated approach to its nature and treatment, 4th edn, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA. ISBN: 9781608310043.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Clinical skills20%
Case study35%
Exam: viva45%

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