Anatomy & Physiology in Speech and Language Therapy

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Course Code: 
SLT 2105
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 2
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 


  • Students should a) understand the underlying pathology of the various conditions that result in speech, language and communication difficulties, b) be able to discuss their clients with medical colleagues and allied health professionals
  • Students should have knowledge of medical disciplines relevant to speech and language therapy especially: neurology and neuro-psychology, paediatrics, ENT, Oro- and maxillofacial
  • Students should demonstrate knowledge of how to work effectively in collaboration with colleagues in relevant disciplines and of how to manage communication disabilities in the context of the broader health and illness of the client


  • Common childhood diseases and conditions e.g. malaria, measles, meningitis
  • Growth, nutrition, poverty and child development and its implications for disability
  • Introduction to genetics related to disabling conditions
  • The role of the paediatrician and neurologist
  • Common developmental and acquired neurological problems affecting children and adults
  • ENT problems affecting communication including: vocal fold anomalies, cancers
  • Oro-facial and maxillo-facial conditions, their progress and management 
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