Students will acquire knowledge of theoretical and practical issues related to working with individuals with complex communication needs across the lifespan and in a variety of residential, educational, employment, and community settings. Students will learn about common developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and autism spectrum disorders, their impact on communication and the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems. This unit prepares students to work in a collaborative team and apply a client-focused functional approach to assessment and intervention for people with complex communication needs.
1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week
In-class assessment (30%), case-based assignment (50%) and group viva (20%)
Smidt, A. (2017) Workbook in Lifelong Disability and AAC. Available for purchase from the University
This unit of study is a prerequisite for CSCD4051 Evidence Based Practice for SP