INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH PATHOLOGY PRACTICE

HCS4ISP

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this clinical subject, students will increase their awareness and basic understanding of the nature of the speech pathology discipline, the culture of the speech pathology workplace and the required competencies, roles and functions of the speech pathologist. Students will be exposed to clients with communication impairments in a variety of social and clinical contexts. There will be an emphasis on developing an understanding of generic communication principles and practices involved in conversation, interviewing, assessment and management of clients and their families. There will be a strong emphasis on learning through structured reflective practice. The subject encompasses workshops, guided demonstration/observation sessions, both on and off campus, client as tutor sessions and active participation in a highly structured evidence-based therapy program for school-aged children.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRachel Davenport

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisites Students must also be enrolled in HCS4ACS.

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsCommunicating in the health sciencesPrescribedHiggs, J et al2ND EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH MELBOURNE.
ReadingsProfessional communication in speech-language pathology: how to write, talk, and act like a clinicianPrescribedBurrus, A E 2009PLURAL PUBLISHING, SAN DIEGO, US.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Use verbal & written communication skills with a range of communication partners in different environments. You will: a. recognise & describe a range of communication techniques/styles; b. use a range of communication styles/ techniques with a range of people with communication impairments; c. explain importance of having parents/carers involved in assessment & management of clients; d. discuss importance of providing, receiving & responding to feedback from/to clients & colleagues; e. engage in professional communication with a range of different people, eg. parents, other professionals, clients; f. use techniques described in SCA program; g. recognise & discuss how to communicate appropriately with people from a CALD background; h. write a basic professional clinical report.

Activities:
Clinical assessment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)

02. Make meaningful observations of a range of client behaviours in a variety of speech pathology contexts and document these accurately. You will be able to: (a) describe the purpose and use of formal and informal assessments for adult and paediatric clients; (b) describe a variety of speech pathology service delivery models and their benefits/limitations; (c) recognise and discuss different therapy techniques/approaches; (d) recognise and discuss a range of activities/resources used in the management of clients (including motivational activities); (e) describe different communication impairments observed in a client guided by a clinical educator.

Activities:
Structured reflective pieces of written work and guided observations.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Communication (Communication)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Reflect on your ability to relate to and engage in a meaningful manner with a client with communication impairments in their lived situation. You will be able to: (a) informally interview people with a communication impairment; (b) recognise and discuss the challenges associated with living with a communication impairment in everyday life; (c) negotiate meaningful activities and processes for engagement with someone with a communication impairment or their carer/guardian; (d) adjust your communication style as required based on feedback provided by the client or peer; (e) interact with someone with a communication impairment; (f) reflect on your ability to plan for future interactions with people with a communication impairment.

Activities:
Structured reflective pieces of written work.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Communication (Communication)

04. Implement a structured therapy program with high levels of supervision. You will be able to: (a) describe the Phonological Awareness for Literacy (PAL) program; (b) engage and motivate a school-aged client in the PAL program; (c) reflect on and discuss your ability to engage and motivate your client in the PAL program; (d) discuss the progress and degree of success of PAL for your client; (e) provide verbal and/or written report to client's, their families and teachers on your client's progress.

Activities:
Clinical assessment checklist to be completed by the students' clinical educator (CE) at completion of therapy program. Attendance is a hurdle requirement.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Speaking (Speaking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

05. Competently present a conference paper that integrates and clearly communicates the advanced learning you have derived from this subject: You should be able to: (a) undertake the appropriate background research, planning and writing required to present a short paper at a professional conference; (b) competently present a short paper at a professional conference under real-life conference conditions; (c) respond appropriately and clearly to questions on a conference presentation; (d) contribute appropriately and clearly to discussion forums at conferences; (e) professionally critique conference presentations.

Activities:
Oral presentation and written assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Start working within the professional and ethical guidelines set for a speech pathologist You will be able to: (a)discuss the code of ethical conduct for a speech pathologist; (b) discuss the importance of confidentiality and privacy in the clinical setting; (c) recognise professional and ethical behaviour in the speech pathologists they observe; (d) adhere to the confidentiality and privacy policies of the La Trobe Communication Clinic.

Activities:
Clinical assessment and online quiz.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Discipline Specific Competencies (Discipline Specific Competencies)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2015, Week 10-25, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKellie Stagg

Class requirements

WorkShop
One 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Skills class date to be advised"

WorkShop
Two 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Observation sessions"

Tutorial
One 1.0 hours tutorial per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Week to be confirmed"

Seminar
One 5.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical
One 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via online.

Practical
One 6.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Supported conversations with Adults Program at RTRH OR at Bendigo campus"

Practical
One 3.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"PAL Orientation"

Practical
One 2.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture
One 4.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
clinical assessment for PAL program including submission of written report (equiv to 1,500 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass all pieces of assessments to obtain an overall pass for this subject40 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
one 800-word parent tutor/case historyHurdle requirement: student must pass this assessment to pass the subject.20 01, 02, 03, 06
one guided observation task (equiv to 500 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass this assessment to pass the subject0 02
one orientation quiz (equiv to 200 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass this piece of assessment in order to pass the subject0 06
one reflection task (equiv to 1,500 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass this assessment to pass the subject.40 01, 02, 03, 06

Melbourne, 2015, Week 10-25, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRachel Davenport

Class requirements

Lecture
One 4.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Orientation held in academic calendar week: 9"

Lecture
One 3.0 hours lecture other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"PAL orientation held in academic calendar week: 16. Refer to department's year timetable"

Practical
One 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Parent-tutor session"

Practical
One 5.0 hours practical other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical
One 3.0 hours practical other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Clinic Observation held in academic calendar week: 12"

Practical
One 3.0 hours practical other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Clinic observation held in academic calendar week; 13"

Tutorial
One 2.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial
One 8.0 hours tutorial other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"PAL Program"

WorkShop
One 3.0 hours workshop other recurrence on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
clinical assessment for PAL program including submission of written report (equiv to 1,500 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass all pieces of assessments to obtain an overall pass for this subject40 01, 02, 04, 05, 06
one 800-word parent tutor/case historyHurdle requirement: student must pass this assessment to pass the subject.20 01, 02, 03, 06
one guided observation task (equiv to 500 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass this assessment to pass the subject0 02
one orientation quiz (equiv to 200 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass this piece of assessment in order to pass the subject0 06
one reflection task (equiv to 1,500 words)Hurdle requirement: student must pass this assessment to pass the subject.40 01, 02, 03, 06