Complex Communication Needs 2

Course code SPTH2004Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

The course follows on from the coverage in SPTH2003 Complex Communication Needs 1 of multi-modal communication and AAC. Assessment and intervention methods for adult and child who use AAC will be considered, for example, AAC applications and acquired disabilities. The course will also cover the assessment and management of various genetic conditions including, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of aetiological factors involved in persons with AAC/complex communication needs such as those with craniofacial anomaly especially cleft lip & palate, acquired neurological conditions such as stroke, dysarthria, apraxia of speech and other complex conditions such as cerebral palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) developmental disability, hospitalized populations, those with life-limiting illnesss/death & dying.
2. Administer, analyse and interpret findings from comprehensive assessment of craniofacial anomaly and complex communication needs.
3. Identify further information and referral requirements for craniofacial anomaly and AAC users.
4. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for those with craniofacial anomaly and AAC users
5. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for a person with craniofacial anomaly and an AAC user.
ContentIdentification of consumer perspectives, including the person with complex communication needs, and family/caregiver issues
The creation of an AAC team
Personnel development
Complex ethical issues
Education and training of the adult or child who uses AAC and their communication partners
Multicultural and linguistic diversity in relation to the implementation of AAC interventions
Consumer perspectivesFunding and governmental policies

Introduction to craniofacial anomaly
Genetics and craniofacial anomaly
Ear disease & management in craniofacial anomaly

Perceptual & instrumental speech assessment, including velopharyngeal incompetence
School aged intervention in cranio-facial anomaly
Replacing Course(s)This is a new course expanding on content from SPTH2003 Complex Communication Needs 1 (new course) and replacing half content from SPTH2220 (cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies)
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. For students who do not successfully complete SPTH2220 due to non-completion in the stuttering components will be able to enrol in SPTH2001 in 2011 (as course content will be sufficiently similar). Students who do not successfully complete SPTH2220 due to non-completion in the advanced speech including cleft palate/craniofacial component will be able to enrol in SPTH3003 in 2012 (as this course content will be sufficiently similar).
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are required to have completed SPTH2003 Complex Communication needs 1 to enrol in this course.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments30%
Other: (please specify)Ungraded clinical observation visit, as available
Presentations - Group30%
Quiz - Class10%
Reports30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course will be assessed every second time the course is taught through student evaluation of the course, student forum and academic staff course reviews.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPTH2004