This topic examines the development of language and communication in children and adults with communication difficulties. Typical language and communication development will be outlined with a brief discussion of models of language acquisition. Language and communication difficulties in people with specific disabilities will be explored as well as the critical role of early care-givers and teachers. Assessment issues will be discussed broadly, both in terms of the individual and the environment. Intervention strategies to facilitate language and communication will be examined. Specific attention will be given to early intervention, the needs of people with severe disabilities, and the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
As it is a Masters level topic, it is expected that you will be able to demonstrate advanced and integrated theoretical knowledge by defining, critically analysing and evaluating research outcomes from educational and community-based intervention approaches to enhance communication and language in people with autism, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory disabilities and/or multiple disabilities.
This topic aims for students to have advanced and integrated knowledge of: