Language Impairment and Psychopathology in Infants, Children, and Adolescents

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This book will inform the reader of the remarkably high comorbidity of language impairment with a range of psychopathologic disorders of childhood and adolescence and the implications of this association for clinical practice. The book describes and discusses this relationship, its etiology and consequences for the child, and clinical issues in treating the disorder. The focus is on children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems who constitute the largest population referred for clinical attention and does not consider children with severe disorders, such as autism. Findings from the literature, including the author's own research program, highlight the consequences of having problems with language and communication on inte

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Cohen (researcher, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre for Children's Mental Health) describes the variety of language and communication impairments, emphasizing the significance of verbal communication and outlining its relationships to neurological functioning, emotional stability, academic achievement, interpersonal growth, and cognitive ability. Basic terminology is defined, and case studies illustrate key points. Associated conditions are discussed, and developmental considerations are presented. Identification, assessment, and treatment are also covered. The book focuses on children who do not have general developmental delay or significant brain injury. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Introduction
1 Language and Communication Impairments and Child Psychopathology: Description and Terminology 1
Speech, Language, and Communication: Etiology, Terminology, and Definitions 4
Psychopathology in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Terminology and Definitions 15
Prognosis for Co-Occurring Language Impairment and Social-Emotional Disorder 23
2 Language Impairment and Associated Conditions 25
Cognition 26
Social and Emotional Development 29
Models for Understanding the Deficits of Children With Language Impairment 37
3 Developmental Considerations: Infants 39
Developmental Tasks of Infants: Birth of 3 Years 41
Language Impairment and Social-Emotional Disorder: Research Findings on Atypical Populations 51
4 Developmental Considerations: Preschool Through Adolescence 63
Developmental Tasks of the Preschool Years: 3 to 5 Years 63
Language Impairment and Social-Emotional Disorder: Research Findings on Atypical Populations of Preschoolers 68
Developmental Tasks of Middle Childhood: 6 to 12 Years 70
Language Impairment and Social-Emotional Disorder: Research Findings an Atypical Populations in Middle Childhood 76
Developmental Tasks of Adolesce 87
Language Impairment and Social-Emotional Disorder: Research Findings on Atypical Populations of Adolescents 93
5 Identification and Assessment 99
Contents of Assessment 100
Assessment Tools 104
Integrating and Summarizing Assessment Results 132
Giving Feedback 133
6 Treatment 137
Interventions to Improve Communicative and Social-Emotional Competence: Infants and Toddlers 138
Interventions to Improve Communicative and Social-Emotional Functioning: Preschool Through Adolescence 143
Professional Collaboration 161
7 Epilogue 165
References 169
Author Index 196
Subject Index 207
About the Author 217
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