SPE3031 : Cases: Exceptional Development

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Cristina McKean
  • Owning School:
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To study a range of impairments that give rise to delays and disorders of communication in childhood –and that may persist into adulthood – and to consider the social circumstances that may affect the acquisition and use of language in childhood.
To study appropriate methods of assessment, intervention, and management of these disorders.
To prepare students to work effectively with clients, their families and other health and education professionals in the assessment, care, and management of children and adults with impairment and disadvantage.

This module contributes to a degree qualification in BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Sciences leading to a vocational qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

Outline Of Syllabus

Semester 1 (themes for the morning lectures)

      Introduction to the module and its models (DJ)
      Introduction to symbols (JC)
      Hearing impairment – SLT (JC)
      Communication Skills in Blind and Visually Impaired Children (DJ)
      Audiology – (CK) – 5 lectures covering relevant areas of audiology to SLT
      Hearing impairment – SLT (JC)
      Adults with Learning Disability (JC)
      Epilepsy (DJ)
      Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (JC/RB)

Semester 1 (themes for the afternoon lectures)

      Motor Impairment, 2 lectures (LP)
      Hearing impairment (GC)
      Sign Language (JS)
      Introduction to Learning Disabilities and management, 3 lectures (JC)
      Motor Impairment, 1 lecture (LP)

There will be a workshop on AAC in November.

Semester 2 (to be announced in due course)

Cleft Palate workshop will cover:

Multidisciplinary care of children and adults with cleft lip and palate

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of speech disorders associated with cleft lip and palate

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of non cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture352:0070:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1140:00140:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and workshops to introduce topics and discuss issues in depth. Fieldwork (collecting data on case) for application of knowledge gained in lectures and seminars

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M40Case report : Audiology Case report Semester : 2000 words
Case study2M603000 word case study
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Case reports, which are paper based in semester 1 and “live” in semester 2, have been selected as the method of assessment in order to give the students the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained through the lectures and seminars, to reflect on the influences of differing factors on individuals’ communication needs and to make judgements about management strategies and their possible impacts.

Reading Lists


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