SPH304 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 generate holistic and collaborative plans for speech pathology management for people with communication needs associated with disability. A participation focus will be used throughout this subject. Students will be exposed to a range of multi-modal communication strategies including augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH304. 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

Theories of communication development

Typical communication development

Diversity, difficulties and disorders in communication

Clinical processes of speech pathology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • 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 knowledge of models of service within the disability sector, including modification of environments and capacity building
  • be able to critique institutional and cultural understandings of 'disability' and the impact of these on activity and participation
  • be able to describe features of developmental and acquired disabilities and the impact of these on individuals' activity and participation
  • be able to generate holistic and collaborative plans for speech pathology management for people who have communication needs associated with disability
  • be able to integrate knowledge across speech pathology range of practice areas and apply this to holistic care


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Using the International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health (ICF) to develop a detailed understanding of the impacts of disability for an individual and their family
  • 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SPH304 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 %
Disability and speech pathology practice
Developing multimodal communication
Communication and disability online 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.