The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students 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.


  • 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


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

Assumed knowledge

It is expected that students 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 - closed book examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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