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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lynn S. Bliss, PhD (Wayne State University)
Description: The chapters in this book are written by scholars in the field of childhood language disorders and are divided into two sections: perspectives, and practices and populations. The framework for studying childhood language disorders is described in addition to specific populations and clinical issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a nonprescriptive approach to the study of childhood language disorders. This objective is critical in order to study the child as an active communicator and participant in a community and culture. The book meets the objective.
Audience: The intended audience is speech and language clinicians and students. Most of the contributors are authorities in the area of childhood language disorders.
Features: The chapters, titles, table of contents, and index are clearly presented and will aid the reader in locating specific information. The references are current and relevant. Tables and illustrations are not features of the book and are not necessary.
Assessment: This book offers a current and informative perspective regarding childhood language disorders. Speech-language pathologists and students will benefit from the unique and thorough framework that is presented. This book is highly recommended for the intended audience.