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From The CriticsReviewer: Stephanie M Nixon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP(Children's National Medical Center)
Description: This book was designed to teach students how to diagnose and treat articulatory and phonological disorders. The first edition was published in 1980.
Purpose: It is intended to "fulfill the continued need for thorough, practical, and contemporary information devoted to the study of articulation and phonology." This is a worthy objective, but the author needs to acknowledge all sources (e.g., Thomas Campbell). Since the book is, in part, about clinical practice, it would have benefited from some embedded clinical examples and application questions.
Audience: It appears to be aimed at students who are learning to become speech-language pathologists, both undergraduate and graduate.
Features: The book provides an overview of phonetics, dialects, accent reduction treatment, setting treatment goals, assessment, treating multiple disorders, and approaches to treating a child with more than one disorder. It also discusses the types of articulation disorders and phonological disorders and covers assessment/evaluation and treatment. The division between the phonetic and phonological disorders is well done and the information about most of the assessments (e.g., tables, appendixes, etc.) is very helpful. Several typographical errors mar the book, including one in a table (p. 36, table 2.8). It would have been extremely helpful to include some true application questions and perhaps a few pull-out sections with examples. A paragraph or short section on current research for each disorder, particularly for apraxia of speech, also would have been helpful. At one point, the authors state that oral motor apraxia often co-occurs with developmental apraxia of speech. This is inaccurate; in fact, many children with apraxia of speech do not have overt signs of oral motor apraxia (and a study is being done/analyzed that will examine the very hypothesis that is mentioned — Campbell, Shriberg, and colleagues).
Assessment: This book is of average quality. The information on therapy methods and the division is helpful.