The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


Focuses primarily on communication disorders in older children. Developmental language disorders in children are dealt with at an advanced level for both assessment and treatment. Audiological assessment and diagnosis of hearing and the implications for communication of hearing impairment in children and adults are also studied. Hearing habilitation and rehabilitation methods are introduced.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate awareness of etiological factors involved in language impairment in older children, and in hearing impairment.

2. Interpret and critique comprehensive language assessments, and audiometric assessment procedures.

3. Analyse and interpret findings with regard to knowledge of normal language development and hearing function.

4. Identify further information and referral requirements.

5. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for language intervention

6. Identify and discuss hearing habilitation and rehabilitation issues and methods.

7. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management.


  • Child language disorders - Advanced
  • Language Learning Disability
  • Acquired Childhood Aphasia as associated with Traumatic Brain Injury, and convulsive disorders, e.g. Landau-Kleffner Syndrome
  • Assessment and intervention for the school-aged child
  • Adolescent language disorder, assessment and intervention
  • Physiology of hearing
  • Hearing habilitation and rehabilitation across the lifespan including hearing associated with craniofacial anomalies and other syndromes


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 the following Assumed Knowledge: SPTH1001, SPTH1002, SPTH1080, LING1111

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Quiz: In-class Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination - Closed book examination

Contact hours



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


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term