Swallowing Across the Lifespan

Course code SPTH3002Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Focuses on normal and disordered swallowing and mealtimes. This course involves assessment and management of feeding/swallowing disorders in infants and children, and adults. Key issues related to assessment and intervention practices are addressed. Clinical assessment and specific intervention techniques are studied in relation to specific dysphagic populations.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
1. Demonstrate awareness of normal swallowing across the lifespan and etiological factors involved in impairments of swallowing
2. Select appropriate swallowing assessments for children and adults.
3. Analyse and interpret assessment findings with regard to knowledge of normal swallowing.
4. Identify further information and referral requirements.
5. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for swallowing intervention in children and adults
6. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management.
Content- Definition of normal swallowing and feeding development
- Anatomy, physiology and neurology of swallowing
- Clinical populations with dysphagia across the lifespan, including behavioural issues, transition to solids, reflux, sensory issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, prematurity, enteral feeding and transition from tube feeding to oral intake
- Cultural differences issues
- Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary teams
- Clinical and instrumental assessment for infants and children with swallowing disorders
- Clinical intervention for children and adults with swallowing disorders
- Ethical issues including decision making and person-centred care
Replacing Course(s)SPTH3120 Speech Pathology in Medical Settings 2 (10 Units)
TransitionSPTH3120 will not be offered after 2011. 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 do not successfully complete SPTH3120 in 2011 will be able to undertake SPTH3002 instead. For students who do not successfully complete SPTH3120 due to non-completion in the dysphagia (swallowing) components, no transitional problems are envisaged, as the content coverage is sufficiently similar. Transitional arrangements are more complex for students who do not successfully complete SPTH3120 due to non-completion in the hearing topic component, as this material is now covered in an earlier course (SPTH2001 Advanced Child Language & Hearing). It is proposed to require these students to enrol in the new course SPTH3002, and grant internal credit for the ungraded requirement of the clinical visit, and for the viva (30%), but require completion of the quiz (30%), and completion of an alternative topic on hearing for the assignment (40%) (i.e. rather than on the dysphagia topic).
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is expected that students have assumed knowledge:
SPTH1001, SPTH1002, SPTH1080, PSYC1010, PSYC1020, HUBS1107, HUBS 1403, HUBS1404, SPTH2001, SPTH2002, SPTH2003, SPTH2080
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments45%
Examination: Formal40%
Quiz - Class15%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to student enrolled in the Speech Pathology Program and is a core course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPTH3002