Identification of Developmental Communication Abilities and Difficulties

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 04 October 2018
Friday 28 June 2019
28 February 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC B630 Speech and Language Therapy,
BSC B631 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC B632 Speech and Language Therapy (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This module builds upon students' understanding of typical communication from year one of the degree programme; it introduces students to the observation and assessment of developmental communication difficulties. Students will be introduced to formal and informal identification techniques and helped to develop professional reasoning skills with which to interpret their observations. A Biopsychosocial approach will be taken, enabling students to understand communication difficulties from a range of perspectives.

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

No information available.

Module information

Professional Reasoning
Developmental speech language and communication and literacy difficulties

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


  • (©2011) The impact of communication disability across the lifespan, Guilford, England: J & R Press Ltd.
  • (2008) Language disorders in children and adults: new issues in research and practice, Chichester: John Wiley.
  • Paul, Rhea; Norbury, Courtenay; Gosse, Carolyn. (©2018) Language disorders from infancy through adolescence: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and communicating, St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
  • Kersner, Myra; Wright, Jannet A. (2012) Speech and language therapy: the decision-making process when working with children, Abingdon: Routledge.
  • (©2016) Communication sciences and disorders: from science to clinical practice, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Hulme, Charles; Snowling, Margaret J. (2009) Developmental disorders of language learning and cognition, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bowen, Caroline. (©2015) Children's speech sound disorders, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   3000 word critical discussion of a case study (Summative)  20/04/2020  100% 
Exam  180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Miss Natasha Sore, email: nlsore@essex.ac.uk.
Natasha Sore
Cerys Somers/Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk - 01206 874496



External examiner

Ms Helen Cameron
University of Sheffield
University Teacher
Available via Moodle
Of 96 hours, 90 (93.8%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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