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From The CriticsReviewer:Katherine A Engstler, BA(George Washington University)
Description:This book seeks to describe the effects of HIV and prenatal substance abuse on the speech and language development of children, then provides treatment and counseling techniques, using several case studies.
Purpose:The authors explore the research surrounding the effects of substance abuse and HIV on children's ability to communicate. Substance abuse and HIV are growing problems and it is important for speech-language pathologists to understand their ramifications in the development of communication. The book meets these objectives, thoroughly describing how communication may be effected by prenatal exposure to drugs, alcohol, and HIV.
Audience:Speech-language pathologists who work with infants and young children are the intended audience. The authors are specialists in multicultural communication disorders and in child language disorders.
Features:The book describes the impact of HIV and prenatal drug and alcohol exposure on the brain and language disorders that may result, as well as specific language features that may be expected. Case studies with questions about what the reader would do with particular clients are particularly useful.
Assessment:Information about the effects of drugs and alcohol on language development is lacking in the field of communication disorders and a book like this is needed. However, at times the book is repetitive, with several chapters cover overlapping information. In addition, the treatment and counseling chapter does not provide specific techniques, but rather reiterates much of the informationpresented earlier in the book in more parent-friendly terms. More information regarding specific counseling or treatment techniques would be a useful addition.