Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The course follows on from the coverage in SPTH2003 Complex Communication Needs 1 of multi-modal communication and AAC. Assessment and intervention methods for adult and children who use AAC will be considered, for example, AAC applications and acquired disabilities. The course will also cover the assessment and management of various genetic conditions including, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Discuss aetiological factors involved in persons with AAC/complex communication needs such as those with craniofacial anomaly especially cleft lip & palate, acquired neurological conditions such as stroke, dysarthria, apraxia of speech and other complex conditions such as cerebral palsy, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) developmental disability, hospitalised populations, those with life-limiting illnesss/death & dying.

2. Administer, analyse and interpret findings from comprehensive assessment of craniofacial anomaly and complex communication needs.

3. Identify further information and referral requirements for craniofacial anomaly and AAC users.

4. Develop comprehensive and detailed plans for intervention for those with craniofacial anomaly and AAC users

5. Report on findings and make recommendations for future management for a person with craniofacial anomaly and an AAC user.


  • Identification of consumer perspectives, including the person with complex communication needs, and family/caregiver issues
  • The creation of an AAC team
  • Personnel development
  • Complex ethical issues
  • Education and training of the adult or child who uses AAC and their communication partners
  • Multicultural and linguistic diversity in relation to the implementation of AAC interventions
  • Consumer perspectives
  • Funding and governmental policies
  • Introduction to craniofacial anomaly
  • Genetics and craniofacial anomaly
  • Perceptual & instrumental speech assessment, including velopharyngeal incompetence
  • School aged intervention in cranio-facial anomaly


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

Assumed knowledge

Students are required to have completed SPTH2003 Complex Communication needs 1 to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz (10%)

Report: Report (30%)

Written Assignment: Written Assignment (30%)

Presentation: Group Presentation (30%)

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