Speech Difficulties 2: Intervention and Management

Course code HCS6022
15 credits

This module unit draws on current research into the management of clients with developmental speech difficulties in a range of contexts (e.g. schools, clinic, specialist units). It adopts different perspectives (e.g. historical, medical, developmental, linguistic/cross-linguistic, psycholinguistic, psychosocial, educational) in order to plan intervention programmes for preschool / school-age children, adolescents/young adults with developmental speech and associated literacy difficulties. Intervention programmes are evaluated by applying critical analysis skills in order to develop evidence-based practice. 

The following topics are covered on this module: Historical and Current Approaches to Intervention, Intervention Design and Approaches, A Psycholinguistic Approach; Childhood Apraxia of Speech; Phonological Awareness and Intervention; Cross-Linguistic and Bilingual Issues; Service Delivery; Evaluating Intervention; Word finding difficulties.

Suitable for:

Speech and Language Therapists and other professionals with a special interested in speech difficulties and who have some background knowledge of in phonetics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand how theoretical models and frameworks can be applied to the management of developmental speech difficulties
  • Recognise the associated difficulties which need to be taken into account when working with children/adults with speech difficulties, in particular, literacy and psychosocial aspects.
  • Describe a range of intervention and research techniques used for working with children with speech difficulties.
  • Reflect on interaction skills when carrying out intervention with children/adults with speech difficulties.
  • Examine critically the management of developmental speech difficulties by working through others, e.g. assistants/carers/parents.

Teaching Methods

The module content is delivered online and includes guided independent study, using online reading material available from the University Library. Students are supported by University tutors via online discussion boards and email. 

Online learning is supplemented by an optional 2-day study block in Sheffield.


The module starts in April of each year. The module runs over a period of 12 weeks, and this 15 credit module should take about 150 hours to complete (including preparation for the assignment). See timetable for the year.


A 3,000-word assignment.

Associated Programmes

CORE Module on:

PGCert/PGDip/MSc Speech Difficulties

Fees and funding for the module

Fee information

Fully funded places may be available for NHS employees in Yorkshire and Humber, and in East Midlands – please contact us for more information

How to apply for the module

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