SPH211 Language Impairments in Children and Adolescents (8)

In this subject students will study language / learning delays and impairments in childhood and adolescence. This subject deals with approaches to the assessment and management of language / learning delays and impairments from an individual, family and community/environment perspective. Students will be introduced to models of practice including, family-centred practice and collaborative practice as well as expanding their knowledge and application of frameworks for practice including the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and the Clinical-Based Occupational Standards for entry-level speech pathologists of Speech Pathology Australia. Students will engage with the assessment and intervention of individuals/families/communities focussing on a range of impairments including specific language impairment and learning difficulties from infancy onwards, as well as health promotion.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH211. 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
SPH106 and SPH103

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe the nature of language / learning delays and impairments in children and adolescents;
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of approaches and techniques in the assessment and intervention of language delays and impairments in childhood and adolescence.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge and application of models of practice appropriate infants, children and adolescents


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Childhood language impairments and delays from infancy through to adolescence.
  • Learning difficulties with a language basis and specific language impairment.
  • Assessment of childhood and adolescent language
  • Intervention methods for language delays and impairments in childhood and adolescence
  • Models of Speech Pathology practice in childhood and adolescence
  • Approaches to environmental assessment and intervention and health promotion regarding language development of infants, children and adolescents

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH211 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Case study assessment report
Enhancing learning environments
Online intervention case study exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.