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CSCD5060: Language 1: Developmental Disorder

2024 unit information

This unit introduces students to spoken language disorders from birth to the end of preschool. The nature of child developmental language disorders together with principles and practices for assessment, diagnosis, planning and intervention or service response are covered for the following paediatric populations: pre-linguistic infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Communication Sciences

Code CSCD5060
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
An understanding of basic linguistics including traditional grammatical analysis

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate competence in analysis of syntax/grammar
  • LO2. Critically apply knowledge of communication development, developmental theories and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health to the assessment and intervention of children 0-5 years old.
  • LO3. Demonstrate an understanding of standardised and non-standardised assessment techniques and analysis tools to assess and interpret communication needs.
  • LO4. Exercise clinical knowledge in the interpretation of assessment results and implementation of intervention relating to preliteracy and oral language disorders with an emphasis on the preverbal to pre-school stages of development.
  • LO5. Describe health information orally and in writing (what DLD is, in addition to the prevalence, impact, potential outcomes, risk and protective factors associated with DLD) in lay terms for parents, in addition to other health and education professionals.
  • LO6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate with preschool children with DLD and their family, through suitable play-based activities and appropriate verbal therapeutic dialogue using appropriate English.
  • LO7. Select and justify procedures, such as assessments, goal setting, and intervention, related to the child’s communication needs, their cultural and social practices, family centred practice and evidence-based practice.
  • LO8. Use information technology to locate peer reviewed research evidence; locate and create clinical resources for children with DLD; and interact with public awareness resources about DLD (e.g., RADLD, twitter).
  • LO9. Select innovative, engaging and culturally appropriate clinical resources for children with DLD.
  • LO10. Learn about yourself as a cultural being, and how you relate to the world around you (Cultural Competence Online Module 1).
  • LO11. Demonstrate knowledge of the recommended best practices for the provision of culturally safe and responsive services to linguistically and culturally diverse children with DLD.
  • LO12. Outline the issues, importance and impact of early brain development, screening, intervention and family centred practice on children with DLD within a broader community of practice
  • LO13. Operate effectively and ethically as a team member for teaching/learning activities and assessment tasks
  • LO14. Learn to identify yourself as a speech pathologist when working in a variety of contexts including schools, clinics, teams with multiple disciplines, and other community contexts
  • LO15. Demonstrates the capacity to play a range of roles including being a leader and a valuable member of an interprofessional team in contexts such as schools, clinics, and other community settings.

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
Outline unavailable
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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