Adult Speech and Language

Description

This course reviews speech and language development and change from young adults to the elderly, and includes coverage of acquired hearing loss and its management in adults. The course focuses on communication disorders typically seen in hospital settings or specialist service facilities. Acquired communication disorders of neurological origin are covered, i.e. aphasia and related disorders, apraxia of speech and dysarthria.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate awareness of normal speech, language and hearing through adulthood.

2. Describe the etiological factors involved in impairments of acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.

3. Select appropriate assessments for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.

4. Analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal speech and language across the adult age-span.

5. Identify further information and referral requirements for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language in adults.

6. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.

7. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for acquired neurological disorders of speech and language.

Content

Review of assumed knowledge in neuroanatomy & physiology

Review of speech, language and hearing development and change through adulthood.

Hearing rehabilitation in adults.

Principles of assessment for acquired neurological communication disorders

Aphasia & related disorders

  • Theoretical paradigms informing diagnosis of aphasia
  • Cultural and linguistic implications for aphasia assessment and intervention (including bilingual aphasia, and use of interpreters)
  • Cognitive-communication disorders:
  1. Associated with dementia
  2. Associated with schizophrenia
  3. Associated with traumatic brain injury
  4. Non-dominant cerebral hemisphere damage

Acquired apraxia of speech

Dysarthria

  • Differential diagnosis

Evidence based practice in intervention

Requisites

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology(Hons) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have Assumed Knowledge: SPTH1001, SPTH1002, SPTH1080, PSYC1010, PSYC1020, HUBS1107, HUBS 1403, HUBS1404, SPTH2001, SPTH2002, SPTH2003, SPTH2080

Assessment Items

Quiz: Quiz

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks