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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This introductory book on communication disorders provides a practical summary of background knowledge and disorder-centered content that is appropriate for entry level students.
Purpose: The book is to be used in survey courses at the undergraduate level. The content meets the intended purpose.
Audience: The author attempts to provide students with the appropriate scientific background knowledge that can allow for understanding of how various communication disorders vary from the norm. Additionally it provides two CD-ROMs that further serve this purpose.
Features: A solid working knowledge of both the scientific bases of human communication and the professions, including audiology, are provided. This knowledge is then applied to various disorder areas. The study questions at the end of each chapter are pertinent and require students to apply their knowledge. This book surpasses others with similar goals in that it is not overly superficial in content, nor too ambitious. It also includes chapters on the impact of multicultural issues on communication and a chapter on dysphagia, a topic typically overlooked by other textbooks of this type. The accompanying CD-ROMs are an added benefit, allowing students to see and hear the presentation of communication disorders as they learn about the disorder.
Assessment: The level of difficulty of the material varies somewhat between chapters, and I would prefer to see the glossary included in totality at the end of the book. However, overall, this is the best book available for an introduction to communication science and disorders.