Supporting Communication Skills in Infants and Preschoolers with Additional Needs

Course code EDUC6160
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables

Description

This course provides students with knowledge about typical and atypical language development including the pre-intentional and intentional non-verbal communication stages. As well as developing knowledge of strategies to promote receptive and expressive language skills, the course also addresses the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems to support the social, linguistic and cognitive development of children who may be at risk for being unintelligible or non-speaking.

Availability

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Have knowledge of typical and atypical language development as well as pre-intentional and early intentional communication stages

2. Have skills in identifying and responding to pre-intentional and early intentional communication and in extending expressive and receptive language skills

3. Have knowledge of the purposes for and types of augmentative and alternative communication systems

4. Have skills in implementing augmentative and alternative communication systems

5. Have knowledge and skills to support children's social interactions with typically developing peers

Content

Topics will include:

  1. Typical and atypical expressive and receptive language development
  2. Pre-intentional and early intentional communication
  3. Increasing functional communication skills
  4. Extending vocalizations and verbal skills
  5. Enhancing receptive language
  6. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems
  7. Promoting interactions with typically developing peers
  8. Teaching peers to be effective communication partners

Assumed Knowledge

Two years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Online Group Discussion Board Contribution and Participation

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Studies: Functional Communication

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case scenario/PBL Exercises: Increasing communication skills

Contact Hours

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 26 hour(s) per Term

Equivalent 2hrs per week face to face.