The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders

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A massive reference work on the scale of MITECS (The MIT Encyclopedia of Cognitive Sciences), The MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Disorders will become the standard reference in this field for both research and clinical use. It offers almost 200 detailed entries, covering the entire range of communication and speech disorders in children and adults, from basic science to clinical diagnosis.MITECD is divided into four sections that reflect the standard categories within the field (also known as speech-language pathology and audiology): Voice, Speech, Language,and Hearing. Within each category, entries are organized into three subsections: Basic Science, Disorders, and Clinical Management. Basic Science includes relevant information on normal anatomy and physiology, physics, psychology and psychophysics,and linguistics; this provides a scientific foundation for entries in the other subsections. The entries that appear under Disorders offer information on the definition and characterization of specific disorders, and tools for their identification and assessment. The Clinical Management subsection describes appropriate interventions, including behavioral, pharmacological, surgical, and prosthetic.Because the approach to communication disorders can be quite different for children and adults, many topics include separate entries reflecting this.

Although some disorders that are first diagnosed in childhood may persist in some form throughout adulthood, many disorders can have an onset in either childhood or adulthood, and the timing of onset can have many implications for both assessment and intervention.Topics covered in MITECD include cochlear implants for children and adults, pitch perception, tinnitus, alaryngeal voice and speech rehabilitation,neural mechanisms of vocalization, holistic voice therapy techniques, computer-based approaches to children's speech and language disorders, neurogenic mutism, regional dialect, agrammatism, global aphasia, and psychosocial problems associated with communicative disorders.

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Reviewer: Shelley B. Brundage, Ph.D., CCC-S, BRS-FD(George Washington University)
Description: This comprehensive encyclopedia provides information on many aspects of communication and communication disorders, organized into four broad sections: voice, speech, language, and hearing. Each section contains information on basic science, disorders (nature and assessment), and clinical management (intervention issues). Coverage of dysphagia is minimal, as might be expected.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to present "essential information on communication sciences and disorders," in particular those that "affect the production and comprehension of spoken language." As such, it is an excellent resource for obtaining basic information about many different aspects of communication science and disorders. Each entry provides a list of references the interested reader can use to obtain further information.
Audience: The editor suggests that potential readers include "clinical practitioners, students and research specialists." Indeed, the book is well written and accessible to readers with and without background knowledge in communication sciences and disorders. The editor has assembled an impressive list of contributors.
Features: The overall organization of the book is easy to follow. Some entries are cross-referenced to other related entries within the text, allowing the reader to gain a broader base of information on certain topics/disorders. The index is extensive, detailed, and helpful. Illustrations are clear and help reader understanding.
Assessment: The MITECD is in a class all its own. Related books, such as Kent's Reference Manual for Communicative Sciences and Disorders (Pro-Ed,1994) and Nicolosi, Harryman, and Kresheck's Terminology of Communication Disorders, 5th edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1996), but they do not serve the same function as this encyclopedia. This publication is an excellent addition to the professional libraries of clinicians, students, and researchers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262112789
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond D. Kent is Professor of Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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