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From The CriticsReviewer: Catherine Baer Coleman, M.S.(George Washington University)
Description: This is an updated version of a book that provides an overview of speech and language difficulties and how they impact the planning and implementation of classroom teaching. This edition updates the original published six years ago and includes the latest research.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate and inform practitioners working in educational settings about children with speech and language difficulties. The second edition was written to include information about policy changes and new initiatives in the United Kingdom related to pupils with speech and language difficulties in the classroom. The book emphasizes the worthy objective of the importance of practitioners working together to better serve this population. The book meets the author's objectives.
Audience: It is written for practitioners in educational settings (i.e., teachers, therapists, assistants, administrators) and for the parents and families of students with speech and language needs. It is a wonderful tool for schools that are struggling with the inclusion process or those in the beginning stages of providing more inclusion and less self-contained service delivery. This book would also be well-suited for an introductory academic class on communication development and disorders.
Features: The book provides an overview of language development and discusses speech and language deficits as they would pertain to classroom performance and requirements. It also dedicates a chapter to working together collaboratively and in a team. The book concludes with experiences of speech-language pathologists and teachers which is a nice culmination of the material presented throughout the book. The index is useful but the book lacks visuals and appendixes which could provide sample lesson plan forms, data sheets, activities, etc.
Assessment: This is an excellent introduction to speech and language skill development and disorders or impairments. It would be a helpful tool for classroom teachers to help them understand the needs of a child with a speech and language impairment and address those needs to facilitate success. This updated version offers new information regarding policy changes in the United Kingdom as well as an extensive reference and additional reading list.