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From The CriticsReviewer: Doreen M. Blischak, PhD(University of Florida)
Description: This text provides a well-written, comprehensive view of current theory and practice regarding motor speech disorders in children.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource that is useful for both students and practicing clinicians in speech-language pathology.
Audience: According to textbook editors, this book is intended for students and practicing clinicians.
Features: Current theory of motor speech development and disorders in children is overviewed, and then a discussion of assessment and intervention across various disorder categories is presented. Chapters are well written, with thorough coverage of the material and nice degree of overlap. Inclusion of case examples is particularly useful, as are references to current research. Tables and figures support text material well. One small shortcoming, however, is lack of integration of speech production treatment concurrent with introduction of AAC methods.
Assessment: I highly recommend this book to students and clinicians as a practical guide to treatment of motor speech disorders in children. For others, it may serve as a nice refresher course. In addition to expected coverage of apraxia and dysarthria, this text includes coverage of timely topics such as augmentative and alternative communication, feeding and swallowing, and fluency. I intend to use this text to supplement my augmentative and alternative communication courses, as well as in clinical supervision. It is a welcome addition to the speech-language pathology literature.