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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Adrienne B. Hancock, PhD (George Washington University)
Description: In addition to standard speech-language pathology voice assessment and treatment, this book on the interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment of pediatric voice disorders addresses everything from laryngeal surgery to quality of life assessment and papillomatosis to child singers.
Purpose: Several expert authors (different for each chapter) contribute valuable perspectives on pediatric voice care, primarily in the context of "office-based diagnosis and intervention." Not only are various pathologies explained well, the information is oriented to be relevant and useful to clinicians.
Audience: The editors have accomplished their goal of providing a comprehensive book for speech-language pathologists caring for children with voice disorders. This probably would not serve as a primary textbook in a general voice disorders course, but it would be highly recommended for a pediatric voice seminar or to any clinicians planning to work with children.
Features: Photos and color illustrations are clear and helpful. Several tables of normative data with sources referenced are extremely valuable contributions. The material is well written and several chapters about specific disorders are excellent resources.
Assessment: Overall, this is a high quality book and valuable resource for clinicians working with children who have voice disorders, particularly medically involved pathologies.