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CSCD2062: Motor Speech and Dysphagia

2024 unit information

Students will acquire the knowledge and skills to conduct assessment and provide intervention for clients with speech motor disorders and swallowing needs. Students will describe, conduct, justify and evaluate interventions for these populations. A focus on a case-based curriculum will support students’ integration of theory and practical skills. This unit of study prepares students to conduct appropriate, evidence-based, and client focussed, assessment and intervention for these populations.

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Communication Sciences

Code CSCD2062
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of normal swallowing in adults.
  • LO2. Appraise and synthesise critical information from a case history, swallowing evaluation and instrumental swallowing assessment to identify the underlying nature of dysphagia and make reliable diagnoses, and apply the findings to the management of an individual with swallowing needs, considering autonomy, personal preferences, cultural, linguistic, and social backgrounds.
  • LO3. Analyse and identify appropriate assessments and onward referrals within case-based clinical scenarios.
  • LO4. Analyse and report observations from a case-based analysis of a video-fluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS).
  • LO5. Identify and describe the intervention for an individual with swallowing needs, with reference to compensatory and rehabilitative approaches.
  • LO6. Use the principles of evidence-based practice, and values and wishes of the individual when providing services to those with swallowing needs and their family.
  • LO7. Describe the basic neurology of speech motor control and impairment.
  • LO8. Describe symptomatology of the various dysarthria types and apraxia of speech and identify the non-language and psychosocial implications resulting from neurogenic communication disorders.
  • LO9. Describe and apply the concepts of the International Classification of Function in relation to neurological communication needs.
  • LO10. Develop and apply an examination protocol for motor speech disorders, make reliable diagnoses, and develop appropriate intervention tailored to each type of motor speech disorder making modifications necessary to accommodate concomitant disorders such as aphasia or cognitive impairment.
  • LO11. Demonstrate an awareness and understanding of common medical management procedures including common surgical, pharmaceutical, and prosthetic treatment approaches for individuals with motor speech issues.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 Early 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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