Prepares students for speech pathology practice for working with adults who have swallowing difficulties as a consequence of a range of structural and/or functional impairments. The unit also develops knowledge and skills related to speech pathology practice of the management of swallowing and feeding disorders in non-complex paediatric cases.
The unit content will be broadly divided into two modules:
- Speech pathology management of swallowing and feeding in children
- Speech pathology management of swallowing and feeding in adults
Both modules will address issues related to:
- normal anatomy, physiology, and neurology associated with swallow function;
- the impact of health conditions on swallowing and feeding;
- signs, symptoms, risk factors, and prognoses associated with swallowing and feeding disorders;
- speech pathology assessment of swallowing and feeding disorders;
- speech pathology interventions for swallowing and feeding disorders;
- application of principles related to client-centred practice, inter-professional practice, ethical practice, and evidence-based practice.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify and evaluate risk factors, signs, and symptoms associated with swallowing and feeding disorders in children||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||plan and evaluate speech pathology practices for children with non-complex swallowing and/or feeding disorders||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||identify and explain the impact of neuroanatomical and neuropsychological changes on swallowing function in acquired health conditions||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate, plan, and justify speech pathology assessment for investigating concerns related to swallowing and/or feeding disorders in adults and/or children||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||plan and justify speech pathology interventions for adults with swallowing and/or feeding disorders.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- Groher, M & Crary, M, 2016, Dysphagia: Clinical Management in adults and children, 8th edn, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis, MO.
- Murdoch, B & Cichero, J, 2006, Dysphagia: Foundation, theory and practice, John Wiley, Chichester, UK.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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