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From The CriticsReviewer: Anastasia Raymer, PhD (Old Dominion University )
Description: This book reviews literature describing effects of right hemisphere damage (RHD) upon communication and related cognitive abilities. It synthesizes research and clinical information into practical chapters suggesting a direction for assessment and treatment of right hemisphere disorders.
Purpose: The author intends to integrate clinical and experimental research along with personal experience in a description of the deficits associated with RHD. Her goal is to identify a common basis for communication/cognitive disorders with the hope that clinicians might ultimately use this understanding to provide more effective treatments for RHD patients. This is a laudable goal that should benefit RHD patients receiving clinical services. The author makes a great contribution as she compiles the most relevant research into a format that is eminently usable for the practicing clinician.
Audience: Drawing upon years of experience studying right hemisphere communication disorders, the author prepared this book for students, clinicians, and researchers in speech-language pathology and related rehabilitation professions. Although researchers may seek the original literature for a more thorough understanding of the topics, students and clinicians will appreciate the clear, readable research overview with its practical clinical applications.
Features: A number of chapters are devoted to descriptions of pertinent research describing the subtle, but debilitating, disorders of prosodic, linguistic, and discourse aspects of communication which occur following RHD. Much appreciated are chapters in which the author tries to stem confusion regarding impairments of attention as distinguished from spatial attention impairments (neglect). Clinicians working daily with RHD patients will especially value chapters that describe current assessment materials and potential treatment techniques.
Assessment: This is a valuable clinical resource that belongs on the desks of practicing clinicians. The readable yet thorough overview provides an excellent text for use in courses focusing on right hemisphere disorders. This book goes beyond the work of Tompkins' Right Hemisphere Communication Disorders (Singular Publishing Group, 1995), as it spends more time delineating the multifaceted research efforts in RHD and merges research findings with functional clinical information. It should serve as a basis for much future clinical research in patients with RHD.