The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code

SPTH3102

Units

10 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

The purpose of the course is to understand the theoretical constructs and clinical features of language and cognitive-communication impairments of adults with acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders. This course will assist student to identify and understand appropriate language and communication assessments and interventions for adults with acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders.


Availability

Not currently offered.


Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders in adults, including their aetiologies and prognosis.

2. Evaluate formal and informal assessment protocols for adults with acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders.

3. Describe and discuss therapeutic approaches for adults with acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders, with particular emphasis on evidence based practice (EBP).

4. Discuss the impact of acquired language and cognitive-communication impairments on caregivers, communication partners and the community.

5. Apply the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) conceptual framework to adults with acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders.


Content

This course will include the following topics:

  • theoretical perspectives and frameworks used in acquired language and cognitive-communication assessment and intervention/management
  • differences between language and cognitive impairment
  • impact of cognitive impairments (e.g. memory, attention) on language
  • aetiologies and prognostic features that affect recovery of acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders - including stages of recovery, neuroplasticity, spontaneous recovery
  • formal and informal assessment protocols and therapeutic approaches for acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders:

                    * aphasia

                    * dementia

                    * right hemisphere brain damage

                    * primary Progressive Aphasia

                    * head injury

  • impact of client diversity (e.g. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Aboriginality) on the assessment and treatment of acquired language and cognitive-communication disorders (i.e. use of interpreters, cultural consideration, increased risk of neurological incident);
  • impact of acquired language and cognitive-communication impairments on caregivers and communication partners
  • living with language and cognitive impairment as a lifelong disability

Requisite

Students need to be active in B Speech Pathology (Honours) (12318) to enrol in this course. If you have successfully completed SPTH3001 cannot enrol in this course.


Assumed knowledge

SPTH1080 Introduction to Speech Pathology

SPTH2101 Paediatric Speech

SPTH2102 Paediatric Language

PSYC1010 Psychology Introduction 1

PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction 2

HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1

HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2

HUBS1107 Neuroscience and Head and Neck Anatomy

SPTH2001 Fluency Across the Lifespan

SPTH2002 Language Literacy and Hearing

SPTH2003 Multimodal Communication Across the Lifespan

SPTH2080 Clinical Practice


Assessment items

Quiz: Online quiz (10%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial exercises (10%)

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study (40%)

Formal Examination: Formal examination - closed book examination (40%)