Supporting communication skills in infants and preschoolers with additional needs

Course code EDUC6160Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2014

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
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
ContentTopics 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
Replacing Course(s)N/A
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeTwo years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Individual Supervision
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 1: Functional communication - 30%
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssessment Item 2: Increasing communication skills - 30%
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesAssessment Item 3: Social inclusion - 40%
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 26 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentCourse Pre-Requisites: Bachelor of Education degree, or equivalent, a three year degree and a Diploma of Education, or a Master of Teaching
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC6160