SPH308 Communication, Disability & Neurological Impairment (16)


This subject covers the causes, effects, assessment and therapeutic options available to speech & language practitioners in relation to professional engagement with citizens who have language, motor speech, and cognitive communication disorders (caused by neurological illness such as stroke, TBI, progressive neurological diseases, dementias and other conditions) and  organic, psychogenic, and functional voice disorders. Specific types of impairment, syndromes and symptoms are covered, and students will also explore disability and its cultural and sociological bases.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 2
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH308
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

SPH201 and SPH211 and

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to apply knowledge of disability as socially and culturally mediated
  • be able to apply a range of appropriate assessment tools in order to arrive at a diagnosis of speech, language and/or voice disorders
  • be able to apply clinical reasoning based on principles of pathophysiology and evidence based practice
  • be able to apply therapeutic interventions appropriate to the social and cultural contexts of citizens and families.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical and contemporary understandings of disability in the context of language, speech and voice disorders.
  • The neuropsychological and neurolinguistic foundations (including the history) of research, assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. The voice stream will deal with the physiology of the human voice and its organic, psychogenic, and functional disorders.
  • Major categories of neurological impairment resulting in language and/or motor speech disorders and accompanying functional disturbances such as perceptional and motor disturbances. It will deal with the relationship between language disorders and other cognitive disorders from a cognitive neuropsychological and clinical perspective.
  • Theoretical and practical approaches to the assessment of language, speech and voice disorders as well as approaches governing planning and delivery of intervention for these disorders.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.