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From The CriticsReviewer: Robin D Susser, MS(St. Petersburg College)
Description: "This comprehensive book on child language development addresses a wide variety of language disorders in infants to adolescents. This edition updates the fifth edition of 2002 with the most current clinical, educational, and legislative changes in the field. "
Purpose: The purpose is to explore the nature of language development and language disorders and detail assessment and intervention approaches for children of all ages. This edition features reorganized and updated information in each of the chapters plus four new chapters addressing preschool language impairment (chapter 4); understanding the nature and scope of language learning disability (chapter 5); the role of the speech-language pathologist (chapter 9); and assessment and support for academic success (chapter 11).
Audience: The book is intended for students and clinicians in the field of speech-language pathology. With the most current clinical, educational, and legislative changes, it is an excellent resource for everyone in the field of speech-language pathology, even the most experienced professionals. It also would be a useful book for instruction in language development and disorders classes at colleges and universities.
Features: "The authors have succeeded in providing a well-written, well-organized book replete with numerous examples, case studies, figures, and tables. It includes a detailed table of contents and each chapter contains learning objectives, chapter summary, list of study questions, and detailed references. Chapters addressing specific language disorders use practical case studies. New to this edition is expanded and updated information on the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) in early intervention, specific language impairment (SLI), adolescent language development, literacy challenges of language learning-disabled children, evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies including response to intervention (RTI), and the changing role of the speech-language pathologist. "
Assessment: This updated and expanded edition is an excellent resource for the study of child language development and the remediation of language disorders. It provides the most current information in the field, including information about evidence-based assessment and intervention strategies and the changing role of the SLP in the school setting.