Communication Sciences and Disorders: From Research to Clinical Practice, Introduction w/ CD-ROM / Edition 1

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For undergraduate students with little or no prior knowledge of communication sciences and disorders, this introductory text shows students how disorders in hearing, speech, and language relate to the larger picture of effective and efficient communication. The text stresses the fundamental aspects of communication sciences and dsiorders as a discipline, giving students a picture of the professions from the outset. To aid student's learning and allow them to see and hear the human communication disorders they read about, and interactive CD-ROM is included. It provides a tour of an audiological sound booth, examples of hearing tests as they are being given, and short communication segments that demonstrate the types of communication disorders, explained in the text. Each chapter is written by the experts in the field and include key learning points, and review questions to help the students fully grasp the material.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
The 19 contributed chapters provide a wide-angle introduction to communication disorders and the discipline studying them. Sections focus on general considerations, hearing and hearing disorders, speech and speech disorders, and language and language disorders. Chapters include glossaries and b&w illustrations of anatomy, assessment, assistive devices, and sign language hand shapes. The two bundled CM-ROMs for Macintosh and Windows operating systems, referenced in the text, contain audio-visual case studies of individuals with common and unusual communication disorders. The editors and contributors are colleagues at the U. of Texas, Austin. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780769300405
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/15/2000
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 525
  • Product dimensions: 6.99 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Texas at Austin

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Table of Contents

Section I: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: The Professions. Social and Cultural Bases of Communication. Communication Across the Lifespan. Individuals with Communication Differences and Disorders. Section II: HEARING AND HEARING DISORDERS. Hearing Science. Hearing Disorders. Deafness. Habilitation/Rehabilitation. Section III: SPEECH AND SPEECH DISORDERS. Speech Science. Voice and Resonance Disorders. Fluency Disorders. Articulatory and Phonological Disorders. Dysphagia. Section IV: LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE DISORDERS. Language Science. Language Disorders in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers. Language Disorders in School-Age Children. Language Disorders in Adults.

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