Module Details

HS837-7-AU-CO: Speech And Language Therapy - Adults 2

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Health and Human Sciences
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Wayne Wilson
Teaching Staff: Wayne Wilson / Teresa Eade / Sally Austin
Contact details: Hannah Duncan- Graduate administrator ( 01206 874496)

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module builds upon knowledge of anatomy, physiology, voice and disease from previous modules. The nature and neurology of progressive neurological disease is examined and compared to healthy typical ageing, with particular reference to Motor neurone disease, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and tumour. The speech language and communication difficulties arising from these progressive conditions is examined, dysphagia from HS836 is integrated. Particular emphasis is paid to the impact of difficulties on the service user and their family and the roles of the SLT as part of a team in assessment and management of speech language and communication to enhance quality of life. There is emphasis in this module on the assessment, description, transcription and management of the dysarthrias.

Healthy ageing
Progressive neurological disease
Quality of life
Assessment and management
Alternative & Augmentative Communication

Learning and Teaching Methods


This module combines the use of lectures to introduce topics, interactive lecture, workshops and problem based learning enable to student to critically appraise their learning throughout delivery, grounding theoretical learning in practice. Students will also have the opportunity to develop clinical skills through their clinical placement.

Fixed resource sessions. The fixed resource sessions consist of interactive seminars which will include lectures, discussion of course text and class based workshops
EBL sessions: In the EBL or enquiry based learning sessions key topic are developed further to emphasize their clinical application.


Self guided learning This involves the student in self guided study using learning resources including recommended reading , course study notes, library resources and appropriate tutorial support this is essential for all IBL, Placement and completion of summative assessment

This module includes a Communication Partner placement, where students start to develop their communication and partnership working skills. This builds upon the clinical competencies of year 1 and requires the student to develop transferable skills from learning during year 1. Placement is throughout terms 1 and 2 of year 2 and includes a minimum of 12 sessions working with service users in residential or day care settings.

Resources are available through Moodle and also websites of patient organisations in the third sector. Students are encouraged to understand the requirements of people with progressive neurological disease through listening to the patient voice through these materials. Additionally central guidance on intervention strategies are available on line (e.g. DoH, NICE)

Students are encouraged to access individual or small group tutorial support for areas of difficulty. Academic staff make themselves available for tutorial support by appointment.

Students are encouraged to access individual or small group tutorial support for areas of difficulty. Academic staff make themselves available for tutorial support by appointment.


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Other details

Completion and passing of placement.


  • Atkinson M and McHanwell S (2002) Basic medical science for speech and language therapy students, Whurr London and Philadelphia
  • Buckman B (1992) How to break bad news A guide for health care professionals, Papermac
  • Duffy J (2012) Motor Speech Disorders Substrates, Differential Diagnosis and Management(3rd edition), Elsevier Mosby
  • Ladefoged P (1996) Elements of acoustic phonetics (2nd edition) University of Chicago press
  • Love R and Webb W (2001) Neurology for the Speech Language Pathologist( 4th edition) Butterworth Heinemann
  • McNeil M (2009) Clinical Management of Motor Speech Disorders (2nd edition) Theime
  • Seikl J King D and Drumright D (2010) Anatomy and Physiology for Speech Language and Hearing (4th edition) Delmar Cengage Learning
  • Yorkston K, Bukelman D, Strand E, Bell K (1999)Management of Motor Speech Disorders in Children and Adults, Pro ed
  • Journals
  • Neurology Psychiatry and Brain Research
  • Neurology International
  • Progress of Neurology and psychiatry
  • Journal of Neurology
  • Cognitive Brain research
  • Brain and Cognition
  • Brain and Language
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Parkinsons Disease and Related Disorders
  • ALS and other Motor Neurone Disorders
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis and related disorders
  • Electronic
  • The site addresses are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change.

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