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From The CriticsReviewer: Gloria D. Kellum, PhD (University of Mississippi)
Description: This is a very valuable text with in-depth information on management of individuals with cleft lip and palate (CLP). It is written from a multidisciplinary point of view, but is intended mainly for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists. The text covers all dimensions of this craniofacial anomaly, from the causes and associated syndromes to the specific instrumental assessment and intervention procedures.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to fill a void in publications on management of individuals with CLP. The focus is on specific procedures for CLP evaluation and therapy. To promote true transdisciplinary management, the text addresses management procedures from all disciplines on a CLP team that a SLP needs to understand.
Audience: The primary audience for the text is SLPs, both practicing clinicians and students enrolled in graduate studies. The text should also be very valuable to audiologists treating individuals with CLP. Plastic surgeons, orthodontists, otorhinolaryngologists, social workers, oral surgeons, and other professionals treating CLP patients can increase their knowledge base regarding the latest treatment of speech, language, and hearing disorders in the CLP population. The editors and contributors are well-known scholars.
Features: The text is well illustrated and provides excellent current references. The table of contents is very detailed and contributes to the overall usefulness of the text; its level of completeness is a welcome, unique feature of the text. The index is also detailed, providing the reader with another useful retrieval tool.
Assessment: This is an excellent text on CLP written by leading scholars. It is highly recommended as a text in graduate courses in CLP for SLPs and as a reference for practitioners in professions providing care for individuals with CLP.