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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geralyn M. Schulz, PhD, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This book is a reference guide of disorders, syndromes, and conditions that occur in clients served by speech language pathologists. Basic description, etiology, speech, language and associated difficulties, assessment, intervention techniques, synopsis of current research, prognoses, and references are covered.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students, clinicians, academics, and lay persons the current knowledge base regarding syndromes and conditions that may affect persons with communication difficulties.
Audience: This book is written for upper level undergraduate and graduate students as well as for practicing clinicians, academic educators, researchers, and lay persons. The authors have the requisite qualifications for compiling this useful text.
Features: The authors do an admirable job of compiling nearly all of the syndromes and conditions that affect communication. Each syndrome is categorized according to type (e.g., developmental, congenital, neurologic, psychiatric, etc.), and for each syndrome a quick compendium of the disorder is given. Included is a description of the disorder, its etiology, speech, language, and other associated difficulties, assessment and intervention techniques, results of recent research, and prognostic information. The references following each syndrome cover the years 1992-1998, which make them an invaluable source for recent research. Also included in the appendixes are more general references for augmentative and alternative communication, dysphagia, and facilitated communication. Other appendixes include a list and synopsis of assessment tools, and a list of publishers complete with addresses and phone numbers.
Assessment: This text represents a wealth of information in quick, bulleted form. As such, it is relevant to anyone interested in easy to access and useful information regarding the majority of syndromes and conditions that affect communication. Disorders not covered in this text have insufficient published information. Otherwise, a wealth of current references are provided for each disorder covered.