Few activities can match the complexity of human communication. Given its intricacy, it is understandable that the process will not always work properly. When it doesn't, the effects can be devastating, given how much of everyday life depends on communicating with one another. Despite its importance, however, much is still unclear about how we turn thoughts into language and then speech. Debates rage over various components of the communication system. Myths abound, most based on nothing more than speculation and misinformation. It all makes for a fascinating area of study and practice, particularly when considering the importance of the topic.
This book provides readers with the basics of human communication without shying away from the controversies. Dale F. Williams, Ph.D. utilizes a panel of internationally recognized experts in all areas of the field to clearly explain normal communication as well as disorders of speech, language, hearing, and swallowing. Topics that overlap all disorders—diagnosis, treatment, research, ethics, work settings, and multicultural issues—are also covered in a reader-friendly style. In addition to the relevant information on human communication, the book also includes first-hand accounts of both people with disorders and those who work with them. Discussion questions are posed to help readers explore the gray areas and additional readings are described for those wishing to research specific topics. In these ways, readers are provided with information that truly helps them to understand communication sciences and disorders from a variety of perspectives.
Communication Sciences and Disorders: An Introduction to the Professions is essential reading for anyone contemplating a career in speech-language pathology or audiology. In addition, the clear and entertaining writing style makes the field, in all its complexity, accessible to anyone with even a passing interest in the process of human communication.
Table of Contents
1. An Introduction to an Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders. 2. Normal Communication. 3. Research. 4. Diagnosing Communication Disorders. 5. Treatment. 6. Language Disorders. 7. Neurogenic Disorders. 8. Speech Sound Disorders. 9. Fluency Disorders. 10. Voice and Resonance Disorders. 11. The Auditory System. 12. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 13. Swallowing Disorders. 14. Work Settings. 15. Multicultural Issues in CSD. 16. Professional Issues: Preparation & Practice. 17. A Few Final Thoughts.
Dale F. Williams, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Florida Atlantic University, where he serves as Director of the Fluency Clinic. He is also a consultant with Language Learning Intervention and Professional Speech Services, Inc. A board-recognized fluency specialist of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since 1999, Dr. Williams was Chair of the Specialty Board on Fluency Disorders from 2008-2010. He has authored numerous materials in the area of communication sciences and disorders, including the book Stuttering Recovery: Personal and Empirical Perspectives (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates).
"Dale Williams has written an excellent academic text book. Most authors writing on similar topics may cover their material well, but none match Dr. Williams' skill of incorporating fact and detail combined with humor and personal experience in the interesting and enjoyable manner that is found within this text. This is a book that students will learn from while simultaneously enjoying what they read."
-Peter R. Ramig, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
"This book has more laugh-out-loud moments than I can count, but the use of humor is highly appropriate. What is most impressive – and important – is that there are many, many professionally relevant concepts, facts, and issues introduced using that humor. It is a wonderfully readable and informative text."
-Robert W. Quesal, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Western Illinois University, USA