Fluency Across the Lifespan

Course code SPTH2001Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Focuses primarily on management of fluency disorders in preschool-age and school-age children, adolescents and adults. Key issues related to assessment and intervention practices are addressed. Clinical speech measures and specific intervention techniques are studied, in addition to the application of evidence based practice principles.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of etiological factors involved in impairments of fluency.
2. Administer comprehensive fluency assessments.
3. Analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal fluency development.
4. Identify further information and referral requirements.
5. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for fluency intervention
6. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management.
- Description and diagnosis
- Nature of Stuttering (early and advanced)
- Theoretical issues
- Assessment issues and intervention for preschool-age children who stutter
- Assessment and treatment for school-age children who stutter
- Assessment and treatment of advanced stuttering (adolescents and adults)

Fluency related disorders including neurological stuttering and cluttering
Replacing Course(s)SPTH2220 Speech Pathology in Education and Community Settings 2 (10 Units)
TransitionSPTH2220 will not be offered after 2010. Students enrolled in the program at the present time (i.e. 2009) will be advised of this change, in order to identify any students whose planned sequence of enrolment might need adjustment. Students who fail SPTH2220 in 2010 will be able to undertake SPTH2001 instead. For students who fail SPTH2220 due to failure in the stuttering components, no transitional problems are envisaged, as the content coverage is sufficiently similar.

Transitional arrangements are more complex for students who who have not successfully completed SPTH2220 due to non-completion in the child advanced speech topics component (including cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies). Students who fail SPTH2220 in 2010 due to failure in the advanced speech disorders including cleft palate/craniofacial component will be able to enrol in SPTH2004 in 2012 (as this course content will be sufficiently similar). However, this may prolong the students program completion and therefore an alternative assignment will be offered for this component. Should the student fail the alternative assignment, they will be required to accept the alternative arrangements, that is, enrolling in SPTH2004 in 2012.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are expected to have Assumed Knowledge:
SPTH1001, SPTH1002, SPTH1080
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsClinical
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Oral30%
Essays / Written Assignments40%
Quiz - Class30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 6 weeks
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for 6 weeks
Workshop: for 6 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to student enrolled in the Speech Pathology Program and is a core course.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SPTH2001