SPH201 Speech Impairments in Children (8)

In this subject students will study theories concerning typical development as well as disorders of articulation and phonology. Students will apply knowledge of linguistics to the analysis of speech impairments in children, and utilise the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health - Children and Youth version (ICF-CY) to consider holistic assessment and management of this population. Case examples will be used to guide students in the application of theoretical knowledge of articulation and phonology as required by the Competency-Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists (2011) (e.g., Assessment, Analysis and interpretation, Planning EBP and Implementation of speech pathology practice).


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH201. 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

Assumed Knowledge

BMS224, SPH101 and SPH106

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to apply theoretical knowledge of articulation and phonology to equip them to undertake holistic assessment of a child's health and wellbeing (including the structural/functional impairments affecting speech skills, impact of difficulties, and environmental/personal factors that might contribute to the difficulties and/or management);
  • Be able to demonstrate skills required for the assessment and analysis of speech impairments (interviewing, taking case history data, administering formal and informal assessments, analysing data, providing feedback in an appropriate manner, and writing clear and comprehensive reports);
  • Be able to analyse, integrate, and interpret speech pathology and other relevant data, and determine diagnosis and prognosis;
  • Be able to use integrated and interpreted information relevant to the client's communication status (including research evidence, contributions from clients/families/other professionals, assessment data) to select speech pathology intervention strategies, develop goals and justify decision-making;
  • Be able to plan a speech pathology management program, based on assessment, diagnosis and planning, and include plans for discharge.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of case from initial referral to discharge
  • Articulation and phonology - concepts, definitions, terminology
  • Typical development of speech (e.g., babbling, phonemic repertoire, normative data, normal 'errors', vowels, syllable structure, consonant clusters, suprasegmentals/prosody)
  • Factors influencing speech development and impairment - risk and protective factors
  • Association between speech impairment and life activities - potential outcomes (e.g., social, emotional, occupational)
  • Assessment - purpose, availability of formal and informal measures, rationale for selection of tools, stimulability/variability/intelligibility, recording and transcription, multilingual speech assessment
  • Anlaysis - traditional articulation analysis, independent and relational analyses, psycholinguistic/nonlinear/instrumental analyses
  • Selecting intervention targets - factors influencing selection
  • Intervention approaches - Including traditional articulation/coarticulation, minimal pairs, maximal pairs, cycles, metaphon, nonlinear, psycholingustic, cued articulation
  • Treatment efficacy and clinical decision making
  • Special populations - phonological awareness, childhood apraxia of speech, cleft lip/palate


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.