SPHY308 - Multimodal Communication Across the Lifespan

10 cp
Prerequisites: SPHY207 Speech Pathology Practice 2B
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Multimodal communication is a designated Range of Practice Area (RoPA) in which speech pathology students are expected to demonstrate competency in order to meet Entry Level requirements of the profession. Students in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology are required to gain competence across a range of multimodal communication options so as to facilitate communicative participation, inclusion and quality of life for adults and children with complex communication needs.

This unit will explore the use of multimodal communication, including oral, manual, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) methods in supporting individuals with communication difficulties, including individuals with developmental disability and acquired disability across any stage of the lifespan. Students will learn to select and support suitable communication methods for different individuals by applying the principle of ‘feature matching’ and will consider the unique needs of different populations.

Students will gain skills in the collaboration process required to develop and use communication devices and resources, as well as practical skills in the design and implementation of ‘low technology’ communication systems and introductory key word signing skills. The aim of this unit is to equip speech pathology students with the knowledge, understanding and skills they will need to assess, prescribe and implement multimodal communication options with individuals across the lifespan who have communication difficulties.