Speech Therapy Course

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What will you learn?

Speech Therapy is a practice that assists people with speech and language disorders or who have trouble swallowing. This course takes you through the role of a speech therapist, the anatomical structures and physiological functions of speech and hearing, phonetics, language development and speech disorders, the structure of language, and career paths in this field.

The Speech Therapy Course introduces the subject by outlining the basics. It provides an overview of speech disorders and the therapeutic practices used to treat them. You’ll learn about the role of a speech therapist and the conditions and areas of communication that they focus on. You will be provided with in-depth listing of pathological terms that are used amongst speech and language professionals.

To understand speech you need a good level of knowledge about the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the speech organs. This online speech and language therapy course will talk you through these and the respiratory, laryngeal, and articulatory systems, which all have a bearing on speech.

Similarly, you will learn about audiology. The course talks you through the structures and functions belonging to the auditory system and explains the physiology of hearing. There are numerous tests and screening protocols in the UK used to screen and assess children with suspected hearing disorders. You will learn about these and the signs that could indicate hearing loss, which would require an audiology assessment referral.

How we develop speech and the different stages we go through to learn and process language is a fascinating topic. You will discover the various stages that exist within linguistic advancement in monolingual and bilingual children.

Equally as interesting is Phonetics (the study of human speech sounds). The Speech Therapy Course breaks the topic down into its three branches and explains each fully:

  • Articulatory Phonetics: The study of the way in which speech sounds are produced
  • Acoustic Phonetics: Analyses the physical properties of speech
  • Auditory Phonetics: Illustrates the ways in which sound is perceived

Speech Perception, which deals with one’s comprehension of what is being said, is also covered.

The course considers the structure of language, described through morphology, syntax and semantics. In addition to looking at each of these areas you’ll see how children apply the rules that determine speech and language, the common errors they may make and the errors that are symptomatic of speech and communication disorders.

The Speech Therapy Course provides a deep exploration into various conditions that can affect the development of speech and language and how this manifests itself in each case. The conditions covered include neurological disorders, brain injury, drug abuse, intellectual disabilities, vocal abuse, autism and apraxia, plus physical impairments. The course also explains how the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) uses pictorials as a form of treatment of autistic children experiencing speech impairment issues.

For those considering a career as a speech therapist, the course provides information on, and examples of, the various positions and working environments that speech and language therapists may practice in. In each example, duties and responsibilities that occur within these departments are described.

This course, although comprehensive, does not qualify you as a Speech and Language Therapist or to use that protected title. To qualify as such students would be expected to complete a HCPC approved postgraduate course.

Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Introduction
  • Part 1: The Role of a Speech Therapist
  • Part 2: Overview on Treatment Approaches
  • Part 3: Speech-Language Pathology Terms
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: Three Divisions of Speech
  • Part 2: Respiratory System
  • Part 3: The Laryngeal System
  • Part 4: The Articulatory System
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Stages of Language Learning
  • Part 2: Bilingual Children Learning Language
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Field of Phonetics
  • Part 2: Acoustic Phonetics
  • Part 3: Auditory Phonetics
  • Part 4: A Detailed Look at Speech Perception
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Morphology: The Formation of Words
  • Part 2: Syntax: The Rules of Sentence Structure
  • Part 3: Semantics Language Skills
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: The Auditory System
  • Part 2: The Physiology of Hearing
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: Disabilities and Speech Disorders
  • Part 2: Hearing Loss and Speech Impairment
  • Part 3: Neurological Disorders
  • Part 4: Drug Abuse
  • Part 5: Physical Impairments: Cleft or Lip Palate
  • Part 6: Vocal Abuse or Misuse
  • Part 7: Autism and Apraxia
  • Part 8: The Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: Hearing Tests and Screening for Young Children
  • Part 2: Current Screening Protocols in the UK
  • Part 3: Subjective Hearing Tests
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Working as a Speech Therapist
  • Part 2: Speech Therapy or Audiology?
  • Test Your Knowledge
  • Key Learning Points Exercise
  • Conclusion
  • Module 9 Assessment
Who would benefit from the course?

The Speech Therapy Course offers valuable insight into the practice of speech therapy, providing those who wish to work within the field with a starting point to their career. It provides a greater understanding of what is involved and the further education options available.

The course is a comprehensive resource to parents whose children are working with a speech therapist, and also educators and carers who wish to be able to recognise and understand speech and hearing disorders.

Child looking in the mirror and learning to make an 'r' sound
Accreditations

The Speech Therapy Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Many Centre of Excellence courses are Fully Accredited by the world’s leading professional membership association for natural medicine – The Complementary Medical Association (The CMA).

You can apply to join The CMA as a Student Member while you are still studying, and if you do so you will be eligible to use the post nominal letters SCMA after your name.

Upon graduation from a CMA Registered course you will be eligible to apply for CMA Membership and this will give you numerous professional benefits including being able to use the letters MCMA after your name – Member of The Complementary Medical Association. This will demonstrate your commitment to excellence and professionalism in the natural healthcare field.

Register with The CMA as a Student or fully qualified Practitioner via The CMA website where you will be asked to submit your certificate of graduation, and proof of insurance.

The CMA’s recommended insurers are Westminster global.

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme. Therefore, upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £25).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through their awarding organisations they have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. They are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Their knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

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