SPHY205 - Motor Speech Disorders (Acquired)
Prerequisites SPHY200 Neuroscience for Speech Pathology and SPHY203 Speech Pathology Practice 2A
Acquired motor speech disorders impact communication and reduce an adult’s ability to communicate within their community. In order to address the communication needs of people with acquired motor speech disorders, speech pathologists need to be able to understand the range of motor speech disorders, reach the correct diagnosis, and provide intervention.
As such, this unit contributes to the development of the skills required by students under Speech Pathology Australia’s Competency-based Occupational Standards (CBOS) by providing a theoretical base that ensures successful preparation for future professional practice in the area of acquired motor speech disorders.
Specifically, students will (a) integrate their understanding of relevant anatomy, neurology and physiology to describe the range of motor speech disorders (ie dysarthria, apraxia of speech), (b) develop skills in the auditory perceptual and instrumental assessment and analysis of acquired motor speech disorders; and (c) utilise evidence-based practice frameworks, including the ICF (International Classification of Disability, Functioning and Health), to support person-centered intervention planning.
The knowledge, skills and professional attributes developed in this unit are foundational for both theoretical and professional practice units in third and fourth year of the program.