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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: In-sop Kim, Ph.D(Illinois State University)
Description: This book provides a contemporary update on communication disorders in a concise and luminous manner. The first edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate students about current theories, research, and latest perspectives in the study of communication sciences and disorders. To this end, the book presents clear descriptions and case examples of various communication disorders.
Audience: Written primarily for speech-language pathology students, the book is updated with the most current information in the field.
Features: The first of the book's two parts has five chapters that set out the theories, principles, and basic information on communication sciences and disorders. The first three chapters include a definition of communication and disorders, the relationship between communication and language, speech and hearing, different types of communication disorders, communication development, and the function and structure of human communication systems. The remaining two chapters discuss required evaluation and treatment for communication disorders and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The 10 chapters in the second part introduce a variety of disorders of communication and include definitions, classification, main characteristics, etiology, assessment, and intervention. Each chapter discusses general but substantially essential issues of a disorder. The first two chapters focus on children and adults who have language and cognitive disorders. The last eight chapters discuss adolescents and adults who struggle with reading difficulties, children with phonological disorders, children and adults who stutter, different types of voice disorders, acquired neurological speech disorders (motor speech), children and adults with hearing loss, and individuals with dysphagia.
Assessment: This is a well constructed textbook for beginners in the field of speech-language pathology, with abundant resources. The book, along with the CD, supports students in their efforts to understand the concepts in each chapter and learn about diverse communication disorders. The second edition is updated with recent research and theories.