REHA 2019 Optimising Communication for Adults

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Belinda Kenny Opens in new window

Description This unit discusses theoretical and evidence-based intervention approaches that underpin speech pathology practice for adults with communication disorders. The unit explores speech pathology management of speech, language, voice and fluency and multimodal communication through studying communication needs with adult cases. Students will have opportunities to plan evidence-based intervention goals and create management plans for individuals, families and communities in a range of clinical contexts. Students will continue to develop core speech pathology practice skills through demonstration, practice and simulation.

School Health Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) REHA 2017

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in program 4763 Bachelor of Speech Pathology or 4764 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours).

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have a sound understanding of speech pathology domains and scope of practice. Students undertaking this subject should also have foundational knowledge and skills in the assessment and diagnosis of communication disorders in adults.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Distinguish core features of speech pathology intervention approaches that optimise communication for adults with disorders of speech, language, voice and/or fluency.
  2. Practice the role of the speech pathologist in facilitating communication accessible environments in different care settings for adults
  3. Utilise best available evidence to develop and justify collaborative management plans for adults with communication disorder (encompassing speech, language, voice and/or fluency)
  4. Plan and implement evidence-based speech pathology interventions for adults with communication disorder (encompassing speech, language, voice and/or fluency) at beginning level competency
  5. Apply evidence-based approaches to working effectively with communication partners
  6. Demonstrate cultural proficiency by facilitating safe and respectful communication environments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Subject Content

1. Applying theoretical frameworks when working with adults with communication disorders
2. Managing communication disorders across the continuum of care with adults, families and communities
3. Evidence-based intervention approaches for speech, language, voice, fluency and multimodal communication with adults
4. Working with adults from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
5. Planning intervention for adults with speech, language, voice, fluency disorders
6. Responsive management for adults with clinical, psychosocial and environmental presentations of increasing complexity
7. Ethical issues in service delivery for adults with communication disorders
8. Evaluating the outcomes of communication interventions with adults
9. Innovations in optimising communication with adults


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Practicals 20 minutes each 30 N Individual
Case study 2,000 words 30 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 40 N Individual
Observation/Reflection 8 hours observation and 500 word reflection S/U Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Duffy, J. (2019). Motor Speech Disorders. Substrates, differential diagnosis and management (4th ed.):Elsevier
  • Murray, L.L. & Clark, H.M. (2015). Neurogenic disorders of language and cognition. Evidence- based clinical practice. Theory driven clinical practice. (2nd ed.). Austin:Pro-Ed.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2



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