This course provides students with knowledge about typical and atypical language development including the pre-intentional and intentional non-verbal communication stages. As well as developing knowledge of strategies to promote receptive and expressive language skills, the course also addresses the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems to support the social, linguistic and cognitive development of children who may be at risk for being unintelligible or non-speaking.
- Semester 2 - 2022
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Have knowledge of typical and atypical language development as well as pre-intentional and early intentional communication stages
2. Have skills in identifying and responding to pre-intentional and early intentional communication and in extending expressive and receptive language skills
3. Have knowledge of the purposes for and types of augmentative and alternative communication systems
4. Have skills in implementing augmentative and alternative communication systems
5. Have knowledge and skills to support children's social interactions with typically developing peers
Topics will include:
- Typical and atypical expressive and receptive language development
- Pre-intentional and early intentional communication
- Increasing functional communication skills
- Extending receptive and expressive language
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems
- Promoting interactions with typically developing peers
- Teaching peers to be effective communication partners
Two years of relevant professional experience and/or a relevant graduate qualification
Online Learning Activity: Online quizzes 30%
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Studies: Functional Communication 30%
Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case scenario/PBL Exercises: Increasing communication skills 40%
Integrated Learning Session
Online 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Equivalent 2hrs per week face to face.
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