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WEL112 Perspectives in Developmental Disabilities 2 (8)


This subject provides an introduction to academic writing for students new to university learning and explores the issues of communication and language for staff working in the area of developmental disabilities. It examines the skills needed to enhance a professional's interactions with people experiencing language disorders and examines the use of Augmentative Communication Systems for people with disabilities.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- competently plan and write assignments;
- understand and apply appropriate referencing techniques;
- identify the components of language;
- understand the differences between language, communication and speech;
- gain awareness of language difficulties in children and adults with disabilities;
- understand the various stages of language development and factors influencing them;
- identify language disorders found in people with developmental disabilities;
- devise basic intervention techniques for people with disabilities;
- understand the role of the habilitation specialist' (expert in disability) in relation to other professionals  especially speech pathologists;
- gain insight into the various non-verbal communication systems and their functions;
- describe the functions of adaptive technology for people with disabilities;
- apply the skills and knowledge you have developed in your University studies;
- exercise critical and reflective judgement;
- be an independent learner with an appreciation of the requirements and characteristics of scholarship and research and the skills to obtain, evaluate, synthesise and organise information;
- communicate information effectively in both written and oral modes for a variety of purposes and audiences;
- use modern technology for information retrieval and processing, data manipulation and analysis, and communication; and
- continue to develop intellectually and utilise new learning for changing career needs.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to academic writing - Introduction to communication - Normal language development - Language disorders and intervention - Non-verbal communication systems - Introduction to technology for people with developmental disabilities


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.