Complex Communication Needs

Course code SPTH2230Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course develops students understanding of disability and complex communication needs (CCN) with reference to particular clinical populations (including stroke, neurological conditions, cerebral palsy, autism spectrum disorder, and developmental disability), as well as with reference to particular approaches to intervention which are applicable across the full range of communication disability, including in-depth coverage of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and assistive technology.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of aetiological factors involved in populations with disability and complex communication needs.
2. Administer, analyse and interpret findings from comprehensive assessment of complex communication needs.
3. Identify further information and referral requirements.
4. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention, incorporating Alternative and Augmentative Communication strategies and the use of assistive technology for communication.
5. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management.
ContentSpeech and other communication problems associated with disability and cerebral palsy
Communication problems associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Communication problems associated with developmental disability
Communication problems associated with other special populations with complex communication needs including adult populations
Alternative and Augmentative Communication
Assistive Technology including Speech Generating Devices
Service delivery for populations with complex communication needs
Replacing Course(s)SPTH4050
TransitionThis new course (SPTH2230) is listed as required for all students entering the Bachelor of Speech Pathology from and including 2006. SPTH4050 will continue to be provided (as a required core course) for all students entering the Bachelor of Speech Pathology prior to and including 2005. This means SPTH4050 will continue to be available until and including 2008. Similarly, course material moved from SPTH3120 into SPTH2230, will continue to be taught within SPTH3120 for the cohorts who entered prior to and including 2005 i.e. during 2007.

Students who entered prior to and including 2005 who are following non-standard progression such that they are undertaking their third year courses in 2008 or later, will be required to take SPTH2230 (as well as SPTH3120). Students who entered prior to and including 2005 who are following non-standard progression such that they are undertaking their fourth year courses in 2009 or later, will be required to take SPTH2230 as an alternative to SPTH4050.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPTH1110, SPTH1120, HUBS1107
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTake home assignment, 2,000 words, 40%
Other: (please specify)Viva examination - 30 minutes - 40%
ReportsReport, 1000 words, 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks