This topic focuses on developing and applying skills and knowledge required to provide services to clients who are experiencing communication and/or swallowing difficulties. Content and skill development is addressed through a combination of undertaking aspects of speech pathology practice, working with increased numbers of clients with moderate levels of guidance and support from a speech pathologist clinical educator and participating in clinical skills tutorials. The seven key competencies required for speech pathology practice, and defined by the Competency Based Occupational Standards - Entry Level (CBOS) [SPAA, 2001] document will be targeted. The four core academic abilities will be developed: Reasoning; Professional Communication; Lifelong Learning; and Professional Role.
This topic introduces students to the profession of speech pathology, and the knowledge and skills specific to the practice of the profession. It aims to provide students opportunities to develop their academic abilities in relation to speech pathology practice and their knowledge and practical skills regarding the application of:
Speech pathology skills will include those required for managing paediatric populations, intervention and assessment strategies, and working in teams.
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