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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Whitney L Boglioli, Masters Candidate in SLP(Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation)
Description: This is a comprehensive overview of typical language acquisition and development that also briefly identifies a few of the possible speech and language disorders.
Purpose: The authors provide the most up-to-date, research-based information available on human communication and theories of acquisition and cognitive development, with a brief introduction to speech and language disorders. They include language samples and case examples to further understanding of language development.
Audience: The book is intended for students in speech-language pathology learning about typical language development.
Features: It covers the range of language development across the lifespan, including language diversity for those of differing social and/or cultural backgrounds. The early stages of language development (i.e., from birth to 2 years) are fully covered. The authors also share their personal experiences to provide examples. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary and a searchable index.
Assessment: This book is easy to read, as it is organized by age, and provides key language milestones and age profiles. The information will be helpful to new clinicians looking to identify age-appropriate skills and it updates the 2006 edition with the most current research.