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CSCD3076: Lifelong Disability and AAC

2024 unit information

Students will acquire knowledge of theoretical and practical issues related to working with individuals with complex communication needs across the lifespan and in a variety of residential, educational, employment, and community settings. Students will learn about common developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorders, their impact on communication and the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. This unit prepares students to work in a collaborative team and apply a client-focused functional approach to assessment and intervention for people with complex communication needs.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Communication Sciences

Code CSCD3076
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. define the nature and incidence of common intellectual and physical disabilities with reference to the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF and ICF-CY) model and data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • LO2. identify the intentionality of a person’s communication from observations and case interview data
  • LO3. identify possible barriers to the participation of individuals and communities with lifelong disability, including those relating to policy, adopted practices and attitudes, knowledge, and skills
  • LO4. define the scope of practice for speech pathologists in interprofessional collaborations, working with individuals and communities with a disability who have communication and swallowing needs
  • LO5. select appropriate assessment tools for persons with a lifelong disability, including those with challenging behaviours
  • LO6. evaluate the level of evidence for a range of communication and swallowing/feeding interventions for people with lifelong disabilities, including persons with challenging behaviours
  • LO7. construct communication goals for persons with lifelong disability that are culturally responsive and include consideration of role of SLP within interprofessional practice
  • LO8. describe the features of a particular communication or swallowing disorder in accessible language, including the likely communication implications
  • LO9. explain in accessible language key intervention approaches for with lifelong disabilities and their communities and relate these to the ICF, participation model (Beukelman and Mirenda 2013), Communication Needs model (Light 1989) and Communicative Competence in AAC model (Light, Beukelman and Reichle, 2003)
  • LO10. Describe and compare features of aided and unaided AAC systems and recommend appropriate systems for people with lifelong disability dependent on their abilities, and preferences, funding issues, and cultural appropriateness
  • LO11. analyse the communication needs of a person with lifelong disability within the framework of ICF and the participation model
  • LO12. Demonstrate the ability to utilise a range of technology in creating resources for a person with lifelong disability
  • LO13. plan intervention and service delivery across various environments including communication partner training

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Cumberland, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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