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Speech and Language Therapy

271.150 Introduction to Communication Disorders15 credits
An overview of the biological, psychological and social bases of human communication with a focus on the nature of deviations from, or disruptions to, normal communication development relevant to remediation. Basic principles of prevention diagnosis, and intervention will be addressed.

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271.151 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing15 credits
This course is an introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing systems in humans. The focus will be on understanding normal anatomy and physiology appropriate to the practice of speech language therapy. Bones, muscles, tissues and nerves will be studied as the building blocks for the complex systems that contribute to the production of speech and hearing.

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271.152 Speech-Language Therapy and the Treaty of Waitangi15 credits
This course examines the implications of the Treaty of Waitangi with respect to the provision of Speech-Language Therapy in Aotearoa New Zealand, with special focus upon obligations for culturally appropriate professional practices in service delivery policies, assessment, diagnostic procedures, therapy interventions and professional relationships with persons and their whanau/hapu/iwi.

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271.154 Speech and Language Development15 credits
This course examines typical communication development from birth to adolescence. The major communicative milestones of speech, language, and pragmatic skills will be studied with an emphasis on New Zealand based data where possible. Cultural variations in communication will also be explored. Prominent language acquisition theories (including behavioural, psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic) will be critiqued.

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271.253 Child Language Disorders I15 credits
An examination of language disorders in infancy and childhood. It covers characteristics of child language disorders, including related developmental and etiological factors as well as assessment and treatment methodologies appropriate for these age-groups.

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271.254 Articulation and Phonological Disorders in Children15 credits
This course focuses on an examination of articulation and phonological disorders that occur during childhood and are developmental in nature. Characteristics of articulation and phonological disorders, including related developmental and etiological factors, assessment and treatment methodologies, and relevant research, will be addressed.

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271.255 Assessment Methods for Speech and Language Disorders15 credits
This course develops competencies in the selection, use and interpretation of a wide range of speech and language assessment materials designed to identify and describe disordered speech and language performance in children and adults from diverse etiological, cultural and ethnic groups.

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271.256 Field Work and Clinical Skills I15 credits
This course addresses issues related to fieldwork and clinical practice, including data collection for workplace and clinical/fieldwork purposes. Students undertake structured and supervised treatment of a variety of clients with different speech and language performance in children and adults from diverse etiological, cultural and ethnic groups.

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271.257 Child Language Disorders II15 credits
This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of language disorders that occur in childhood and adolescence. Current best practices in assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with language disorders will be emphasized.

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271.258 Neurogenic Communication Disorders I15 credits
This course examines acquired aphasia and related disorders in children and adults. The course will provide a theoretical overview of neurologically-based language breakdown and its management.

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271.392 Technology in Communication Disorders15 credits
This course examines: (a) use of technology in the clinical management of communication disorders, and (b) alternative augmentative communication systems.

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271.393 Neurogenic Communication Disorders II15 credits
The course examines neurogenic language impairments at an advanced level and will focus on impairments such as right hemisphere disorders (RHD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and dementia. A practical approach to the principles and practices in the assessment and management of these disorders will be emphasised.

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271.394 Motor Speech Disorders15 credits
This course examines motor speech disorders, such as dysarthria and apraxia, that result from cortical injury. Clinical implications of motor speech disorders subsequent to normal development will be addressed.

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271.395 Fluency Disorders15 credits
This course examines fluency disorders that occur during childhood into adulthood. Characteristics of fluency disorders, including related developmental and etiological factors, assessment and treatment methodologies, and relevant research, will be addressed.

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271.396 Field Work and Clinical Skills II15 credits
Students will consider advanced issues related to their fieldwork or clinical practice, including data collection for workplace and clinical/fieldwork research purposes, with particular attention to single case research, and bi-cultural and multicultural case management.

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271.397 Adult Dysphagia15 credits
Study of adult dysphagia with particular emphasis on anatomy, physiology, and neural control of normal swallowing. Clinical assessment procedures and instrumental tests will be learnt, and a variety of management methods will be studied.

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271.398 Research Methods for Speech and Language Therapy15 credits
The study and application in clinical settings of experimental, correlational and single-case research designs, relevant to current theory, research and practice, in speech and language therapy.

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271.486 Speech and Language Therapy Practice and Diverse Clinical Populations15 credits
An advanced examination of speech and language therapy clients with diverse communication disorders as associated with, for example, cleft palate, down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders. Interdisciplinary learning and whanau/family-centred practice associated with these disorders is also examined.

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271.487 Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders15 credits
This course covers the neuro-anatomical and physiological principles of swallowing and feeding development in infants and children. In addition, the course will cover related and specific developmental disorders and conditions that contribute to or cause dysphagia and/or feeding disorders from birth to adolescence.

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271.488 Aural Rehabilitation, Assessment and Intervention15 credits
This course examines aural rehabilitation for children and adults with hearing disorders. Emphasis is given to auditory system function and disorders, audiologic assessment procedures and assessment of communication performance. Devices and technologies for individuals with hearing loss will be evaluated.

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271.489 Voice Disorders, Assessment and Treatment15 credits
The focus of this course is the assessment and treatment of voice disorders in adults and children, with reference to the normal production of voice.

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271.490 Advanced Topics in Speech and Language Therapy15 credits
This course addresses current topics in normal and disordered aspects of communication, including theoretical and clinical research related to speech and language disorders and their treatment. Study includes systematic and analytical consideration of theoretical, bi-cultural and cultural issues.

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271.496 Advanced Clinical Paper I15 credits
The development of skills of professional communication, professional conduct, observation, data management and professional writing through participation in case management and report writing.

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271.498 Advanced Clinical Paper II15 credits
This course addresses aspects of caseload management, communication and counselling skills involved in working with adult clients and caregivers. Students will be responsible for assessment, treatment and management of children and adults with a variety of communication disorders.

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271.710 Evidenced-Based Practice in Speech and Language Therapy30 credits
Advanced study of contemporary evidence-based practice in speech and language therapy. The implications of evidence-based practice in speech language therapy clinical settings are explored.

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271.711 Critical and Current Issues in Speech and Language Therapy30 credits
An in-depth evaluation and analysis of critical and current trends arising in, and impacting on the work of speech language therapy clinicians and researchers.

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271.712 Theoretical Issues in Speech and Language Therapy30 credits
Critical examination of theories and models and their impact on research and clinical practice in speech and language therapy.

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271.720 Research Report30 credits
The project's design, implementation, and interpretation of findings reflect systematic and analytical consideration of theory, research, practice, and culture.

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271.786 Advances in SLT and Diverse Clinical Populations15 credits
An advanced analysis and evaluation of communication disorders associated with diverse clinical populations, for example, cleft palate, down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders. Approaches to practice for complex cases is considered with a focus on interdisciplinary practice, embedded interventions, and communication partner engagement.

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271.787 Advanced Paediatric Dysphagia and Feeding Disorders15 credits
The study of neuro-anatomical and physiological principles of swallowing and eating and drinking skills from a developmental framework. In addition to, related and specific developmental disorders and conditions that contribute or cause dysphagia and/or feeding disorders from birth to adolescence.

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271.788 Advances in Aural Rehabilitation15 credits
This course examines aural rehabilitation for children and adults with hearing disorders. Emphasis is given to advances in evidence-based practice relating to assessment and intervention associated with hearing disorders.

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271.789 Advanced Voice Disorders, Assessment and Treatment15 credits
This course focuses on advances in theoretical and evidence-based research for the assessment and treatment of voice disorders in adults and children.

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271.796 Advanced Clinical Practicum 115 credits
Develop entry level competency in clinical skills related to current evidence-based practice across a range of communication disorders and swallowing in children and adults.

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271.798 Advanced Clinical Practicum II15 credits
This course addresses advanced aspects of clinical practice and the theoretical frameworks that underpin assessment and intervention.

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271.808 Thesis 120 Credit Part 160 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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271.809 Thesis 120 Credit Part 260 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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271.810 Thesis120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.

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