Syndrome Identification for Speech-Language Pathology: An Illustrated Pocketguide / Edition 1

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Overview

This book provides a synopsis of the important communicative impairments associated with 160 multiple anomaly syndromes likely to be encountered by speech-language pathologists. It describes the types of speech, voice, resonance, language, and cognitive disorders associated with each syndrome and provides up-to-date information about the etiology of each of the disorders. Summarized for each entry are a listing of the anomalies associated with the syndromes, the natural history of the disorder, and the treatment prognosis, which allows proper choices of treatment plans, and differential diagnosis. This handy pocket reference is liberally illustrated with examples of the many syndromes described.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

A companion to the popular text by Dr. Shrpintzen, Genetics, Syndromes, and Communication Disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an outstanding reference for syndromes that impact on communication. It contains many rare syndromes that typically are not discussed in the more standard texts on human malformation. The book has an excellent index that makes it easy to use. The descriptions of accompanying speech and language disorders are succinct and in most cases useful. This book is recommended to professionals that need a reference for syndromes that affect communication abilities." — Thomas Guyette, Ph.D. and Richard Dineen, M.S., Cleft Palate Craniofacial Journal
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Reviewer: Doreen M. Blischak, PhD (University of Florida)
Description: This text is is a presentation of detailed descriptions and photos of syndromes that impact communication development.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide brief descriptions of possible speech, voice, language, resonance, and hearing characteristics of rare syndromes likely to be seen by speech-language pathologists. Because, as the author notes, speech-language pathologists have expertise in identifying characteristics that may contribute to the diagnosis of a particular syndrome, they need a source of information describing these characteristics. To that end, this text meets his objective.
Audience: The book is written for practicing speech-language pathologists. However, it may be useful for students and educators who have knowledge of or access to medical terminology. The author appears to have the experience and expertise required for compiling such a text.
Features: This compact book is organized alphabetically with easily visible page tabs. Each syndrome description features a photograph and subheadings (e.g., major system/s affected, etiology, etc.) that are nicely consistent across entries. Alternate syndrome names are provided and are listed in the index for easy cross-referencing. Because medical terms used to describe each syndrome may be unfamiliar to some speech-language pathologists, a small glossary of the more obscure medical terms would have been an appropriate addition, without adding an excess number of pages. The one obvious shortcoming is the lack of references to published work in medical, psychology, and speech-language pathology literature. Without taking additional space, the author could have included two or three current references to guide the reader to additional sources and add credibility to the text.
Assessment: This is a useful, if limited, quick reference for assisting speech-language pathologists (along with other team members) in differential diagnosis of rare syndromes. However, its use should be supplemented with information from other published sources.
Doreen M. Blischak
This text is is a presentation of detailed descriptions and photos of syndromes that impact communication development. The purpose is to provide brief descriptions of possible speech, voice, language, resonance, and hearing characteristics of rare syndromes likely to be seen by speech-language pathologists. Because, as the author notes, speech-language pathologists have expertise in identifying characteristics that may contribute to the diagnosis of a particular syndrome, they need a source of information describing these characteristics. To that end, this text meets his objective. The book is written for practicing speech-language pathologists. However, it may be useful for students and educators who have knowledge of or access to medical terminology. The author appears to have the experience and expertise required for compiling such a text. This compact book is organized alphabetically with easily visible page tabs. Each syndrome description features a photograph and subheadings (e.g., major system/s affected, etiology, etc.) that are nicely consistent across entries. Alternate syndrome names are provided and are listed in the index for easy cross-referencing. Because medical terms used to describe each syndrome may be unfamiliar to some speech-language pathologists, a small glossary of the more obscure medical terms would have been an appropriate addition, without adding an excess number of pages. The one obvious shortcoming is the lack of references to published work in medical, psychology, and speech-language pathology literature. Without taking additional space, the author could have included two or three current references to guide the reader to additional sources and addcredibility to the text. This is a useful, if limited, quick reference for assisting speech-language pathologists (along with other team members) in differential diagnosis of rare syndromes. However, its use should be supplemented with information from other published sources.
Booknews
This reference provides a synopsis of the communication impairments commonly associated with 160 multiple anomaly syndromes. Each entry, organized alphabetically by syndrome name, includes a summary listing of the speech, hearing, voice, resonance, language, and cognitive disorders associated with the syndrome, as well as the etiology, the treatment prognosis, and differential diagnosis for each entry. Shprintzen is affiliated with the State University of N.Y., Syracuse. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780769300191
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/19/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 522
  • Sales rank: 575,522
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert J. Shprintzen, Ph.D., is a Director of Communication Disorders Unit and Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Science, State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Syracuse. He also directs the Center for Genetic Communication Disorders and the Center for Diagnosis, Treatment, and Study of Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome. Dr. Shprintzen completed his doctoral studies at Syracuse University in 1973. He served as Director of the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine for 23 years. Dr. Shprintzen has had an exceptionally active research career in clinical genetics, dysmorphology, speech physiology, radiology, fiberoptic endoscopy, cleft anatomy and physiology, and research methodology. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in more than 20 scholarly journals and has written three other textbooks. As a result of his research, four genetic disorders have been named after him. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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