University of Technology Sydney

96124 Swallowing Disorders

6cp; 2hpw (lectures), 2hpw (workshops)
Requisite(s): 96115 Evidence-based Practice in Speech Pathology AND 96116 Fundamentals in Speech Pathology AND 96117 Speech Sound Disorders in Children AND 96118 Language Disorders in Children
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Students learn how to assess and manage aspects of swallowing, including eating, drinking, and mealtimes, oral health, and saliva control. They learn the theoretical and practical application of skills for diagnosis, intervention, and development of management plans in infants, children and adults. They learn about normal and disordered swallowing, respiration related to swallowing, co-occurring conditions across the lifespan and the sequalae of dysphagia. Students also learn assessment and treatment principles for adult speech disorders including dysarthria. Students integrate their knowledge of anatomy and neuro-anatomy of related body systems with knowledge gained in this subject through case-based inquiry and practical activities with simulated clients. They also learn how to apply ethical decision-making frameworks in the management of swallowing disorders. This subject gives students an essential introduction to the skills needed in 96126 Speech Pathology Clinical Placement 2, 96130 Speech Pathology Clinical Placement 3, and 96129 Integrated Practice in Speech Pathology.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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