Description: This book on Down syndrome and its impact on speech and language skills is a great overview for students interested in this population. It is also a wonderful book for parents or educators who seek to understand the unique speech and language challenges that a child with Down syndrome faces.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide parents and professionals with information and resources regarding the speech and language issues important to children with Down syndrome between the ages of 6-14 years. The objectives addressed by this book are noteworthy as there is no other book on the market that addresses this population that is also parent-friendly.
Audience: The author targets this book at parents and professionals who are looking to improve a child's communication at school, home, and in the general wider community. The book is helpful for professionals who need a basic understanding of speech and language deficits and treatment options in the Down syndrome population, but the book is most helpful to parents. This is the latest publications on Down syndrome this author has written.
Features: It covers a variety of speech and language topics including the distinction between speech and language, the evaluation process, assessing speech and language skills, treatment of speech and language deficits, communication concerns at school, home, and in the community, as well as assistive technology options for children ages 6 to 14 years with Down syndrome. It is particularly useful for individuals not knowledgeable in the field of speech-language therapy. As a therapist, I found some aspects of the book simplistic - the book may not be as helpful to professionals as the author hoped.
Assessment: This book provides practical, useful information for parents, including information to request from their child's speech and language therapist as well as therapy ideas and additional resources. It is also useful for students entering the field who are interested in working with children affected by Down syndrome.