SPH204 Disability and Communication (8)

In this subject, students will learn about the disability sector and the role of speech pathologists within this. Students bring together knowledge and skills from across the range of speech pathology practice areas to plan assessment and intervention with individuals with complex communication needs. A participation focus will be used throughout this subject. Students will be exposed to a range of multi-modal communication strategies include augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). 

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Assumed Knowledge

Theories of language development

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe features of developmental and acquired disabilities and the impact of these on individuals' activity and participation
  • be able to integrate knowledge of a range of practice areas to identify key features of complex clinical scenarios
  • be able to generate holistic and collaborative plans for speech pathology management of people with complex communication needs
  • be able to justify, create and implement low-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) resources for supporting communication in everyday contexts
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of current models of service and issues within the disability sector
  • be able to explore institutional and cultural understandings and mediation of 'disability' and the impact of these on activity and participation


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Using the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) to develop detailed understanding of different types of impairments (physical, sensory,cognitive, intellectual)
  • Theory and practice in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Conducting needs assessments through consultation and collaboration with clients and significant others.
  • Working with communication partners
  • Multi-Modal Communication
  • Key Word Signing
  • Inter-professional practice
  • Global perspectives on disability


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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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.