University of Technology Sydney

96120 Augmentative and Alternative Communication

6cp; 2hpw (lectures), 2hpw (workshops)
Requisite(s): 96116 Fundamentals in Speech Pathology AND 96115 Evidence-based Practice in Speech Pathology AND 96117 Speech Sound Disorders in Children AND 96118 Language Disorders in Children
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Students learn the theory, design, and implementation of aided and unaided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and multimodal communication in children, adolescents, and adults. Students learn how to assess and analyse children's and adults' communication needs and methods, and to identify barriers to, and facilitators for communication. Using case-based inquiry, they become familiar with a wide range of aided and unaided forms of communication, including low-technology and high-technology systems, and non-AAC interventions, and how to take a collaborative user-centred approach to assessment, intervention, and management. This subject supports the concurrent subject, 96122 Speech Pathology Clinical Placement 1, and prepares students for 96129 Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology and 96130 Speech Pathology Clinical Placement 3.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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