Speech Science and Speech Development

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.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2018 (Online)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able 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 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.
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Educational Studies programs (11008 or 12365) or Master of Special Education programs (10936, 12356, or 40014).
Assumed Knowledge No prior knowledge assumed.
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: International Phonetic Alphabet Analysis
  • Quiz: Quiz: On-line
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact Hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 9 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6662
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