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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stephanie M Nixon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP(Children's National Medical Center)
Description: This overview of treatment for articulation and phonological disorders focuses particularly on methods of treatment for specific disorders.
Purpose: The book covers the heterogeneity of treatments available for children with articulation disorders while accounting for the heterogeneity of the children. It focuses on children with sound system disorders of unknown etiology as well as low-incidence subgroups of individuals with sound system disorders. This is a worthy objective as most books focus on sound system disorders from an unknown etiological perspective.
Audience: The book is intended for students in speech-language pathology/audiology programs as well as practitioners. It appears to be appropriate for students as a supplemental or introductory text and for practitioners as a handbook.
Features: This book covers the etiology of sound system disorders as well as methods of treatment for sound system disorders associated with an unknown etiology and as well as those with a known etiology. The chapters tackle low-incidence subgroups with known etiology sound system disorders and provide specific treatment methods. By breaking the material out by etiological subgroups, the author provides a terrific handbook for practitioners and students to learn best practices for specific etiologies. Access to an accompanying web site with resources for students and instructors is also helpful as it provides images to illustrate the anatomy. Although it is important to understand the methods of treatment for low-incidence subgroups in speech-language pathology, these groups do not comprise the majority of patients clinicians see. It is important to understand the theoretical background of treatments and when to apply them as well as best practices by etiological subgroup.
Assessment: This book will be useful as handbook for practitioners or as an introduction to articulation and phonological disorders. It is an easy source of best practices and various practices for unknown and several known etiologies. However, as clinicians and researchers, we need to learn to understand the theoretical background of a treatment. This book is more in the practical realm and does not thoroughly engage in the theoretical.