SPH106 Communication Development in Childhood (8)

This subject provides students with an opportunity to engage with a range of practical experiences, in order to facilitate their exploration of theoretical and social frameworks of communication development during childhood. Students will focus on both oral and literate language, and will develop skills in applying theory to practical projects as well as in naturalistic observation and the recording and description of communication data. Students will apply their knowledge of linguistic analysis to examples of child speech and language. Students will also engage with families of children with communication difficulties to increase their awareness of the culturally and socially bound nature of human communication and to develop beginning skills in communication and professionalism for speech pathology practice.  

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH106. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health


SPH101 and SPH105

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to collect and analyse communication data from a range of contexts
  • Be able to describe theories of, beliefs about and factors which influence communication development during childhood
  • Be able to reflect on experiences, beliefs and literature to explore the development of beginning skills for community practice in communication
  • Be able to identify communication processes in learning and professional practice
  • Be able to apply knowledge of linguistics to analyse samples of child language


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Principles and practice of naturalistic observation and data recording.
  • Tools for describing language and communication skills in different contexts
  • Theories of language acquisition
  • Language learning and use in childhood
  • Clinical reasoning and reflection

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 4 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students will participate in the Parent Tutor program with a parent of a child with a disability, giving them an 'insider' view on speech pathology practice. The purpose of this experience is to learn about the familys experience of interaction with allied health care services for children living with a disability or impairment. Formative assessment from parent tutors  informs the students' learning.

Students will be assigned to groups for this program. The content of the session is determined by the group with the tutor, in accordance with guidelines provided by the subject coordinator.

Students may incur costs associated with travel and uniform. The uniform will then be used for the duration of the course. Travel will be within the Albury Wodonga area and can be shared by students in the same group.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.