Course Title: Support the development of speech and communication skills

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: OHTH5119C

Course Title: Support the development of speech and communication skills

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4215 - Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Course Contact: Veemita kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4662

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Heather King

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre-requisite for this course is:
HLTAH301A: Assist with an Allied Health Program

Course Description

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to assist with the delivery of speech pathology programs designed to achieve and develop optimum independence in speech and communication skills.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAH410A Support the development of speech and communication skills


Clean and store equipment

Performance Criteria:

Clean any material and equipment according to manufacturers requirements
Store material and equipment according to manufacturers requirements and organisation protocols
Report equipment faults to appropriate person


Conduct speech pathology program according to identified goals and methods under supervision of a speech pathologist

Performance Criteria:

Check, before commencing the program, that informed consent is obtained from the individual, or a third party where the individual is not in a position to provide this consent independently
Confirm the therapeutic outcomes defined in the program with the client and the speech pathologist
Carry out program activities using the methods as directed and detailed in the treatment plan and as designed by the speech pathologist
Use motivators that are appropriate to the age and communication ability of the client
Provide a level of stimulation that is appropriate to the age and communication ability of the client
Provide the client with sufficient time, opportunity and encouragement to practice existing and newly developed skills
Encourage the client to take advantage of planned and unplanned opportunities to integrate skills developed within the program into their daily activities
Take action in response to adverse reaction to the program according to the detailed risk management framework
Provide accurate and prompt feedback to the speech pathologist and where appropriate, the client’s care team to support future planning


Develop activities to support a speech pathology program under the direction of a speech pathologist

Performance Criteria:

Identify the communication goals to be achieved from the speech pathology plan as specified by the speech pathologist
Seek advice from speech pathologist where goals are not being met as expected
Develop activities, in liaison with the speech pathologist, that follow the identified hierarchy of tasks and skills needed to achieve speech pathology goals
Assist with the location or development of activities and materials appropriate to client’s age and level of functioning
Confirm development work with a speech pathologist


Document client information

Performance Criteria:

Use accepted protocols to document information relating to the speech pathology program in line with organisation requirements
Use appropriate terminology to document symptomatic expression of identified problems


Prepare for delivery of a speech pathology program

Performance Criteria:

Obtain information about the program from the supervising speech pathologist
Confer with speech pathologist about any program ambiguities or requirements outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation
Determine client availability according to organisation protocols
Determine need for interpreter where the client has English as a second language
Gather the equipment to deliver the speech pathology program, in line with client needs and specifications of the speech pathologist

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities include-
• Face to face teaching
• Case studies
• Class room activities and practical work
• Reflections and discussions
• Accessing information online

The details of the class schedule on weekly basis is available on the time table that has been provided to students and is also available on RMIT Learning hub.

Teaching Schedule

There will be face to face teaching and practical activities for this course and the details of the class date and time will be in the timetable provided to the students. Timetable can also be accessed online in the learning hub.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course as comprehensive course material will be provided by the teacher through RMIT Learning Hub.


Online learning materials can be accessed using the RMIT Online Learning Hub.
The online learning materials listed include:

Subject outlines
Lecture notes
Case studies
Assessment details
Practical work details

Other Resources

The students can access library for more resources like-
• Videos
• Articles of interest
• useful external links
• Learning Lab

Overview of Assessment

The assessment will involve practical assessment in simulated environment and
observation in the clinical placements with questioning to address appropriate application of knowledge.

Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks will include a range of activities and assessments to assess the student for the learning outcomes for the course.
The assessment tasks will include-
Written assessment
Practical assessment
Clinical placement assessment

The details of the assessments will be provided to the students by the teacher through the RMIT Learning Hub.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course will be delivered and assessed with-

OHTH 5125C-  Provide support in dysphagia management

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