SPHY303 - Voice Disorders Across the Lifespan

10 cp
Prerequisites: SPHY205 Motor Speech Disorders (Acquired); SPHY207 Speech Pathology Practice 2B
Teaching Organisation: Nil

Voice disorders impact communication and reduce the person’s ability to communicate and participate within their community. In order to address the communication needs of people with voice disorders, speech pathologists need to be able to understand the range of voice disorders, reach the correct diagnosis and provide appropriate intervention to enable participation of individuals within their communities. 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 Range of Practice Area of voice disorders.

Students in this unit will develop an understanding of evidence based approaches to the assessment and management of voice disorders. Students will review underlying anatomy, physiology and neurology with reference to vocal function. Skills in the perception and analysis of normal versus disordered voice will be developed as a basis for management. Consideration will be given to the functional impairments and activity limitations resulting from voice disorders and how these may impact on an individual and their quality of life. Students will learn to apply voice therapy techniques to the treatment of voice disorders as well as health promotion strategies for those at risk for of vocal damage.

The aim of this unit is for students to become competent in assessment, intervention and support so as to enable individual participation and enhance quality of life for a diverse range of individuals with voice disorders.