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BSc Speech and Language Therapy / Course details
Year of entry: 2024
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Course unit details:
Developmental Speech and Language Disorders B
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit falls in the first semester of the third and final year of study and forms the second part of the Developmental Speech and Language Disorders strand. In preceding learning students will have had the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of typical and delayed/impaired development of speech and language, and underlying language processing. Students will have had the opportunity to develop a range of broad clinical/professional knowledge and skills and may have had clinical experience with clients who have complex and persistent developmental speech and language disorders.
The unit aims to:
- Provide students with a variety of opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of the nature of complex and persistent developmental speech and language disorders.
- Provide students with a variety of opportunities to gain requisite knowledge and understanding of diagnosis, assessment and management, in educational and bilingual/multilingual contexts, for school-aged children and adolescents who have complex and persistent developmental speech and language disorders.
- Provide students with a variety of opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding of the lived experience of complex and persistent developmental speech and language disorders.
- Provide students with opportunities to integrate and critique knowledge and understanding and to reflect upon all aspects of education, professional practice, and the therapeutic process.
- Provide students with opportunities to apply theory and evidence to clinical decision making and to the critical evaluation of practice, processes and outcomes.
- Provide students with opportunities to practice relevant clinical skills, including working in schools and taking in to account priorities for the older child.
- Provide students with opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding, to self and peer evaluate and to receive feedback from tutors.
Students will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate a coherent and detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of complex and persistent developmental speech and language disorders, their diagnosis, assessment and management.
- Understand the role and responsibilities of the SLT working with school age children and adolescents who have persistent or complex speech and/or language disorders, including demonstrating awareness of multi-disciplinary working in this area.
- Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research in the field and to demonstrate an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and scope of knowledge.
- Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of the above that enables the student to devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems regarding clinical decisions and management, to assure quality of practice.
- Manage their own learning, and critically evaluate scholarly reviews and primary sources appropriate to the field.
- Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding.
- Perform structured observation and accurate recording of speech, language and other information relevant to this client group, and report these using appropriate record keeping methods.
- Administer and score relevant assessments and interpret standardised scores.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Communicate complex information, arguments and clinical findings/processes to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Exercise personal responsibility and show decision-making capacity appropriate for a complex clinical context.
- Reflect and comment on their own and others performance at work, identifying strengths and areas of improvement where appropriate.
- Examine their own values and attitudes to service users and exercise a compassionate and respectful approach, in line with inclusve practice.
Teaching and learning methods
Learning and teaching processes will involve tutor-led learning with face-to-face teaching (tutorial, seminar, workshop), online lectures, with individual independent learning tasks, and group learning.
Processes will utilise interactive on-line learning, case based learning, quizzes, peer presentations and peer learning resources, discussion/seminars and directed reading.
Students will also have the opportunity to provide peer mentoring to lower year students completing DSLD A, to learn from service users, to watch and learn from an expert clinician model, to prepare and make presentations, to complete written work, and to practise with assessment and intervention tools.
To support independent study, learning materials including e-presentations, lecture slides and recommended reading will be provided on a weekly basis on the unit's online Blackboard learning environment.
- Written assignment (DLD) (2 hours, 70%)
- Assignment (DSD) (2000 words, 30%)
A summative mark and detailed, individual tutor written feedback will be provided following the examination.Feedback on the assignment will be provided individually to students through TurnitIn.Throughout the unit, students will have the opportunity to self-evaluate their work and understanding against shared peer work, class discussion and model answers for case study activities.
Bauman-Waengler, J. (2016). Articulation and phonology in speech sound disorders: A clinical focus (5th Edition). Pearson.Paul, R., Norbury, C., & Gosse, C. (2016). Language disorders from infancy through adolescence: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communicating (5th Edition). London, UK: Elsevier Mosby.Bishop, D.V.M. (2014) Uncommon Understanding: Development and disorders of language comprehension in children. London: Psychology Press.Schwartz, R. (2017) Handbook of Child Language Impairment. New York: Psychology Press.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||20|
|Independent study hours|
|Alexandra Sturrock||Unit coordinator|