Key Info
  • Type: Unit
  • Level: 7
  • Credits: 20


The Academic lead for this unit is Prof Janice Murray

This unit offers experienced speech and language therapists (SALT) the opportunity to reflect on their assessment practices within the field of AAC. AAC is an intervention and therefore spans many client groups across developmental and acquired domains. This unit has relevance to any SALT with a caseload that includes complex communication need where aided communication techniques may be relevant (e.g. the aphasias, dysarthrias, specific language impairment, learning difficulties).

This unit is usually only available to practitioners with considerable clinical experience in the area of complex communication need. In discussion with tutors, exceptions may be made.

This unit complements the Evidence Based Intervention in Complex Communication Needs but may be taken as a stand-alone unit.

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Unit Contents

Exploration of theories of assessment will include:

The relationship between current assessment techniques and their relevance to specific medical diagnoses, e.g. motor neuron disease, cerebral palsy, and their related speech and language diagnoses, e.g. dysarthria, will be critiqued against a backdrop of holistic assessment.

Drawing from earlier unit content, current practices in AAC assessment will be explored. Students will critically evaluate the theoretical principles behind current AAC assessment techniques, e.g. message construction methodologies, symbol system evaluation, aided system evaluation.

Students will reflect on their learning and practice by constructing their own repertoire of evidenced clinical assessment in AAC, e.g. single case design, applications of cognitive neuropsychology, motor planning and learning.

Students will be able to critically evaluate AAC assessments from the robustness of data the assessment techniques can elicit. This evaluation will enhance clinical practice and inform the development of evidenced AAC assessment tools and techniques.

For detailed information about this unit, please download the specification document.

Study requirements

No course specific requirements

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