School Of Health Sciences

Optimising Mealtimes Across the LifespanWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 401424.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 3

Credit Points: 10

Assumed Knowledge
Students are expected to have acquired introductory knowledge and skills in speech pathology practice before undertaking this unit. Students will be expected to have knowledge of the anatomical, neurological, physiological, cognitive, and perceptual bases of swallowing and mealtimes and understand typical and atypical development and changes in swallowing function across the lifespan.

401416 Communication and Mealtime Foundations AND 301381 Hearing, Speech and Swallowing Science

Unit Enrolment Restrictions
Students must be enrolled in the 4763 Bachelor of Speech Pathology or 4764 Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

About this Unit
This unit discusses theoretical and evidence-based approaches to assessment and management of a diverse range of swallowing disorders in infants, children and adults. Students will have opportunities to interpret and synthesise assessment findings and create management plans to optimise mealtime experiences by exploring cases that address the needs of individuals with swallowing disorders, their families and communities. Students will plan and implement core speech pathology assessment and therapy skills, related to swallowing and mealtime management through observation and practice. Evidence-based, interdisciplinary and holistic approaches to swallowing and mealtime management will be integrated during this unit.

Special Requirements - Legislative Pre-requisites

First Aid Certificate

Special Requirements - Essential Equipment
Students will be required to have a WSU approved uniform and wear closed–in footwear. Students will be expected to wear a WSU ID badge and have a pen torch, stopwatch, and disposable non latex gloves to participate in practical tasks at the university and external sites. Students will be required to implement hand hygiene practices and NSW Health Infection Control measures during practical sessions. Information regarding these requirements will be provided in class and on the unit vUWS learning site.

4763.2Bachelor of Speech PathologyCONTINUING
4763.3Bachelor of Speech PathologyCURRENT
4788.1Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)CURRENT
4789.1Bachelor of Health Science (Clinical Science)CURRENT

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