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Speech and Language Therapy

 

HCSCGS12 - Developmental Speech, Language and Communication Difficulties (30 credits)

Unit Co-ordinator:
Kate Shobbrook
+44 (0) 207 679 4290 Room 202, Chandler House
k.shobbrook@ucl.ac.uk
 

Course Outline

This module introduces students to the range of developmental speech, language and communication impairments and their disabling consequences, methods of speech and language therapy assessment and intervention, and important multidisciplinary links. Alongside theoretical background and current research, practical and clinical aspects are considered and there are particularly clos e l inks with HCSCGS11 (Professional and Clinical Studies), HCSCGS13 (Psychological and Linguistic Perspectives on Development), HCSCGS14 (Phonetics and Phonology) and HCSCGS15 (Linguistics). This module also links with HCSCGS17 (Anatomy and Physiology of Speech, Language and Hearing), and with a number of Year B modules including HCSCGS22 (Management of Acquired Communication Difficulties) and HCSCGS23 (Disorder of Vocal Tract: Structure and Function).

Aims

  • To develop understanding of the range, nature and causes of developmental speech, language and communication difficulties
  • To consider the life-long effects of developmental speech, language and communication impairments through to adulthood and how these may be disabling.
  • To consider medical perspectives on developmental speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • To consider educational perspectives on developmental speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • To synthesize and apply the knowledge bases acquired in other modules to the study of speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • To enable students to make appropriate differential diagnoses of clients' difficulties.
  • To demonstrate how intervention can be evaluated.

Syllabus Content

Introduction to developmental speech, language and communication difficulties The range of developmental difficulties; Differentiation of aspects of language, and delineation between speech and language; Process of assessment: assessment of speech; assessment of language; Introduction to AAC.

Environmental factors in speech / language difficulty

Medical perspectives and educational perspectives including speech and language therapy management. Effects of pre- / peri-natal factors in development; Variability in language development; Affects of abuse and neglect; effects of multilingual home environment; Introduction to effects of otitis media; Role of language input; Parent-child interaction programmes; Language enrichment programmes.

Clients with learning disabilities

Medical perspectives and educational perspectives
Introduction to Genetics; Syndromes associated with learning disability.

Code of practice and statementing procedure; Special schools for children with learning disabilities; Philosophy of educational inclusion.

Speech & Language Therapy management including : Introduction to client group; Diagnosis, speech, language and cognition; Principles of intervention, evaluation of programmes, and outcome measurement; Supporting functional communication.

Multidisciplinary team work

Working with clients in a school for children with learning disabilities; Working with adult clients with learning disabilities.

Social communication difficulties

Medical perspectives and educational perspectives
Differential diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders; Emotional / behavioural difficulties in childhood; Range of Social Communication disorders; Cognitive deficits in autism; Primary and secondary pragmatic difficulties

Speech & Language Therapy management including: Differential diagnosis; Assessment of pragmatic skills; Intervention; Evaluation of programmes; Outcome measurement.

Multidisciplinary team work

Working with autistic children in school settings.

Developmental speech difficulties

Medical perspectives and educational perspectives
Range and nature of speech difficulties (including developmental verbal dyspraxia); Developmental single word processing models; Connected speech;

Developmental dyspraxia.

Relationship between speech and literacy difficulties.

Speech & Language Therapy management including: Introduction to a psycholinguistic assessment framework; Assessment of speech difficulties; Hypothesis testing; Approaches to therapy; Intervention approaches; Outcome measurements; Process of therapy.

Developmental language difficulties

Medical and educational perspectives
Epilepsy; Neurological findings in specific language impairment (SLI) & dyslexia.

Educational implications of SLI; Collaboration with teaching colleagues.

Sentence processing models; Cognitive deficits in SLI; Classification of SLI; Multilingual issues in SLI.

Speech & Language Therapy management including: Assessment of language skills; Differential diagnosis; Intervention approaches to therapy; Outcome measurement; Process of therapy

Multidisciplinary team work

Working with children with language difficulties in mainstream school and language unit settings.

Clients with developmental hyperactivity and attention disorders

Medical and educational perspectives
Differential diagnosis of developmental hyperactivity and attention disorders.

Speech and Language Therapy Management including: Coocurrence of hyperactivity and attention disorders with developmental speech, language and communication difficulties; Management of challenging behaviour in the SLT context.

Clients with congenital hearing impairment

Educational perspectives
Oral, sign and bilingual contexts in education of deaf children.

Revision of speech and language processing models (input);

Speech & Language Therapy management including: Assessment of the speech of deaf people; Management of children with hearing loss; Adults with congenital hearing loss.

Overview of developmental speech, language & communication difficulties Overview of developmental speech, language & communication difficulties; Complex case illustrations.

 

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