This compulsory module is comprised of 3 Parts.
Part 1: Students will be immersed in the speech language therapy profession to better understand the roles of the speech therapist and the processes involved in the assessment and treatment of swallowing and communication disorders.
Parts 2 and 3: Students will spend time observing both paediatric and adult clients using various participation/observation platforms (e.g., face-to-face, telepractice) so as to learn about communication and swallowing skills in children, adults and older adults. Students may also be tasked to conduct speech and language activities and/or screening interviews/questionnaires where they relate their observations to relevant academic modules in speech and language therapy clinical practice, child development and adult behaviour (e.g., speech, language, hearing, feeding, swallowing).
Students will learn how to engage, adapt and interact with individuals across the lifespan. Through their interactions with staff and/or caregivers at the observation sites, they will also develop emerging skills in professional behaviour and communication, and self-management.
Students will have classroom sessions to prepare them for the tasks required at site visits and to discuss their observations and learning.