Speech Science and Speech Development

Course code EDUC6662
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course presents an introduction to speech perception and speech production of children who are Deaf/hard of hearing. Emphasis is given to typical speech perception and the continuum of development supporting the emergence of mature speech production. Strategies to assess and enhance the intelligibility of speech for listeners who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) are explored.


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  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the physics of sound including frequency, amplitude, resonance and associated theories;

2. Apply the physics of sound to an audiogram;

3. Explain the typical course of infant vocal development leading to intelligible speech production;

4. Broadly describe the continuum of phonological and articulation development in young children;

5. Demonstrate competence in reporting assessment results and establishing short and long term speech goals;

6. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of strategies and programs designed to facilitate/remediate speech development;


Topics will include:

  • International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA);
  • The speech chain;
  • Physics of sound;
  • Speech production;
  • Sequence of typical speech development;
  • Speech perception;
  • Speech intelligibility;
  • Acoustic and articulatory phonetics;
  • Anatomy and physiology of the developing vocal mechanism;
  • Speech assessment for Teachers of the Deaf; and
  • Speech remediation for Teachers of the Deaf.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).

Assumed Knowledge

No prior knowledge assumed.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: International Phonetic Alphabet Analysis

Quiz: Quiz: On-line

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact Hours

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Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term