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CSCD2057: Child Language

Students will develop knowledge and skills to provide assessment and intervention for children with language disorders from birth to the end of primary school. Topics covered include the nature of language disorder, evidence-based practices, and techniques in assessment, interpretation, and diagnosis, planning and intervention or service response. Age ranges covered include prelinguistic infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school-aged children. This unit provides students essential knowledge and skills for speech pathology clinical units and practice as a speech pathologist.

Code CSCD2057
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
CSCD1032 and CSCD1034
CSCD2064 or CSCD2065

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the nature of spoken Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) in toddlers, preschooler, and school-aged children
  • LO2. describe the prevalence, impact, potential outcomes, risk, and protective factors associated with DLD) in accessible terms for parents
  • LO3. select and justify assessment procedures taking into account the child’s language/ communication cultural and social practices, family centered practice, and evidence-based practice
  • LO4. exercise critical judgement in the interpretation of assessment results, including selecting appropriate norms and health information (considering typical communication development), determining gaps in information, and integrating information from a range of sources, to inform service provision
  • LO5. develop written assessment plans and intervention management plans for children with DLD
  • LO6. describe key intervention approaches across the continuum of naturalness (clinician-directed, hybrid, and child centered), and select with appropriate rationales and interventions for children at-risk or diagnosed with DLD
  • LO7. create or utilise innovative, engaging, and culturally responsive resources for children with DLD
  • LO8. demonstrate knowledge of the recommended best practices for the provision of culturally competent and safe services to multilingual children with or at-risk of DLD
  • LO9. demonstrate awareness of cultural and linguistic difference in communication development in cultures relevant to the Australian context, and differentiate this from DLD
  • LO10. Demonstrates an understanding of interprofessional collaboration and team models, and the role of the speech pathologist within these environments, working with children with or at -risk of DLD, their families and communities
  • LO11. identify as a speech pathologist when working in a variety of contexts including schools, clinics, teams with multiple disciplines, and other community contexts

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.