Speech Perception and Production of Children (Deaf/Hard of Hearing)

10 Units

This course presents an introduction to speech perception and speech production of children who are Deaf/hard of hearing. Emphasis is given to typical speech perception and the continuum of development supporting the emergence of mature speech production. Strategies to assess and enhance the intelligibility of speech for listeners who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) are explored. RIDBC Renwick Centre administers this course. Before enrolling in this course, review the RIDBC Renwick Centre Handbook at

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Previously offered in 2013, 2012

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. Explain the physics of sound including frequency, amplitude, resonance and associated theories;
  2. Apply the physics of sound to an audiogram;
  3. Explain the typical course of infant vocal development leading to intelligible speech production;
  4. Broadly describe the continuum of phonological and articulation development in young children;
  5. Demonstrate competence in reporting assessment results and establishing short and long term speech goals;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of strategies and programs designed to facilitate/remediate speech development;

Topics will include:

  • International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA);
  • The speech chain;
  • Physics of sound;
  • Speech production;
  • Sequence of typical speech development;
  • Speech perception;
  • Speech intelligibility;
  • Acoustic and articulatory phonetics;
  • Anatomy and physiology of the developing vocal mechanism;
  • Speech assessment for Teachers of the Deaf; and
  • Speech remediation for Teachers of the Deaf.
Replacing Course(s) Nil
Transition Nil
Assumed Knowledge No prior knowledge assumed.
Assessment Items
  • Examination: On-line - Online Quiz
  • Other: (please specify) - International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) analysis
  • Case Scenario/PBL exercises - Problem based learning: students will be given a comprehensive case study of a child with hearing loss and a series of questions related to the child and their development of speech.
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 8 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Problem Based Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment limited to Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies and Master of Special Education.
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC66621

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