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Speech and Language Therapy

 

SPSC3801: Professional Studies 3: Management of Children with Communication Difficulties

Unit Co-ordinator:
SPSC3801 Sarah Simpson
+ 44 (0) 20 7679 4218 Room 202B, Chandler House s.simpson@ucl.ac.uk


Course Outline

This course will continue to develop the students' knowledge and skills relating to speech and language therapy management of children with communication difficulties. It builds on teaching in Years 1 and 2, particularly in Professional Studies Units 1 and 2. In order to achieve course aims, students must draw on material taught in previous years and other units in Year 3.

Aims

  1. To increase the students' knowledge of specialised assessment and intervention approaches used with different groups of children.
  2. To improve the effectiveness of clinical skills and competencies that were acquired in Years 1 and 2 so that the students can
  3. Complete a written case study of a child with a communication difficulty that includes the student's own work in relation to case history, assessment and management plan, and present a verbal summary of an evaluation of an intervention or liaison/collaboration session.
  4. Be at a level of clinical competence with paediatric client groups that is commensurate with the needs of the pre-registration year of clinical work as a speech and language therapist.
  5. To increase further the students' awareness of the varied nature of the speech and language therapist's work and to increase their involvement in all aspects of this work, with an appropriate level of responsibility.
  6. To develop the students' skills in prioritising clients for intervention and managing caseloads
  7. To increase the students' understanding of the limits of the speech and language therapist's role, and their knowledge of when to refer a client to other specialists.
  8. To increase the students' ability to collaborate successfully with other professionals and carers.
  9. To increase further the students' ability to critically evaluate different forms of clinical practice.

Syllabus Outline

This course will continue to develop the students' knowledge and skills relating to speech and language therapy management of children with communication difficulties. It builds on teaching in Years 1 and 2, particularly in Professional Studies Units 1 and 2. In order to achieve course aims, students must draw on material taught in previous years and other units in Year 3.

Learning, Self-Management & Working with Others

  • analysing all forms of feedback and using this analysis to set and modify targets for professional development,
  • skills for chairing and teaching in small groups.

Interaction Skills

  • identifying and evaluating strategies to introduce and end assessment and intervention tasks, and use of feedback, with clients with developmental communication difficulties and their parents or carers.

Counselling Skills

  • evaluation of the application of active listening and interviewing skills to clinical situations,
  • application of counselling theory and principles to clinical situations.

Presentation Skills

  • use of video and transcript in a presentation with feedback,
  • structuring and presenting spontaneous responses to clinical management questions with feedback.

Case Management Skills

Study of communication difficulties:

  • further consideration of severe and/or persisting communication difficulties in children (including children with an autistic spectrum disorder),
  • links between speech processing difficulties and phonological awareness and literacy.

Information gathering and assessment:

  • adapting practice according to clients' linguistic and cultural backgrounds,
  • critical evaluation of specific assessments,
  • gathering and integrating relevant information from a range of sources,
  • conducting formal and informal hypothesis-led investigations with clients with developmental communication difficulties,
  • integrating, interpreting and summarising information gathered and assessment findings, and communicating information to others.

Intervention- planning, delivery and evaluation:

  • adapting practice according to clients' linguistic and cultural backgrounds,
  • behaviour management techniques,
  • knowledge of common intervention approaches and tasks, and their principles, rationale and efficacy,
  • principles and practice relating to skill generalisation,
  • principles and practice relating to designing and implementing baseline and outcome measures,
  • clinical application of legal and education issues,
  • integrating concepts, theory and practice from other units.

Caseload Management and Collaborative Working

  • the role of the speech and language therapist in the management of a range of developmental communication difficulties within an NHS or educational setting,
  • clinical practice issues relating to a range of developmental settings,
  • prioritisation and caseload management issues in developmental settings,
  • working with bilingual clients and staff,
  • referring clients with developmental communication difficulties to other professionals,
  • writing professional case notes, reports, letters and contributions to IEPs.
 

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