A comprehensive yet highly readable text containing theory and practical applications, Language and Communication Disorders in Children, Sixth Edition, offers readers a rewarding experience in learning how to provide language intervention to communicatively disordered children.
The sixth edition of this best-selling introduction to language disorders text has been substantially revised to bring about the most current information in the dynamic areas of speech-language pathology and special education. It keenly focuses on the ways in which children learn language and how to help those who struggle with it, and on the area of language to explain different kinds of developmental disabilities in children. The text has been thoroughly updated, revised, and reorganized providing the most current information about the dynamic areas of speech-language pathology and special education.
The sixth edition exhibits reorganized and updated chapters: Language Impairments in Preschool Populations (Chapter 4); Nature & Scope of Language-Learning Disabilities: Characteristics, Frameworks and Connections (Chapter 5); Making Sense of Language Learning Disabilities: Assessment and Support for Academic Success (Chapter 11); The Changing Role of the SLP (Chapter 9). Key topics include: Applying theories of child development, speech and hearing science, and language development and disorders to the study of children’s language and communication disorders; Evidence based assessment strategies, including curriculum-based assessment and response to intervention (RTI), as well as dynamic assessment and integrated intervention; Formal and informal methods of assessment for infants and toddlers; Use of AAC with very young children; Increased emphasis on adolescent language; Discussion of the relationship between oral and written language; “Best Practices” in early language intervention with an emphasis on collaborative and family-centered approaches; and Information on legislative influences on the delivery of services to infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-aged populations.
Reviewer:Robin D Susser, MS(St. Petersburg College)
Description:This comprehensive book on child language development addresses a wide variety of language disorders in infants to adolescents. This edition updates the fifth edition of 2002 with the most current clinical, educational, and legislative changes in the field.
Purpose:The purpose is to explore the nature of language development and language disorders and detail assessment and intervention approaches for children of all ages. This edition features reorganized and updated information in each of the chapters plus four new chapters addressing preschool language impairment (chapter 4); understanding the nature and scope of language learning disability (chapter 5); the role of the speech-language pathologist (chapter 9); and assessment and support for academic success (chapter 11).
Audience:The book is intended for students and clinicians in the field of speech-language pathology. With the most current clinical, educational, and legislative changes, it is an excellent resource for everyone in the field of speech-language pathology, even the most experienced professionals. It also would be a useful book for instruction in language development and disorders classes at colleges and universities.
Features:The authors have succeeded in providing a well-written, well-organized book replete with numerous examples, case studies, figures, and tables. It includes a detailed table of contents and each chapter contains learning objectives, chapter summary, list of study questions, and detailed references. Chapters addressing specific language disorders use practical case studies. New to this edition is expanded and updated information on the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in early intervention, specific language impairment (SLI), adolescent language development, literacy challenges of language learning-disabled children, evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies including response to intervention (RTI), and the changing role of the speech-language pathologist.
Assessment:This updated and expanded edition is an excellent resource for the study of child language development and the remediation of language disorders. It provides the most current information in the field, including information about evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies and the changing role of the SLP in the school setting.