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Social Communication Development and Disorders

1st Edition

Edited by Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

Psychology Press

360 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This new standout volume is the first to describe developmental areas associated with social competence and social communication, as well as provide evidence-based information on effective assessment and intervention for children who have problems with social communication and social interactions. Expertly crafted, the volume offers both theory and practice within one comprehensive, yet manageable resource for busy professionals. The first section covers social communication theory and associated developmental domains. Case studies are provided to exemplify how different variables may affect social communication development. The second section covers evidence-based practices for social communication disorders and includes case studies, incidence and prevalence estimates, the current DSM-V definition of the disorder, referral guidelines, recommended practices of assessment and intervention, and a list of clinical resources.

Social Communication Development and Disorders is an ideal text for a range of courses in Communication Sciences and Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology, and a must-have reference for professionals working with children with social competence or social communication problems, including speech-language pathologists (SLPs), regular and special educators, psychologists, and support personnel such as social workers, counselors, and occupational therapists.


Dr. Hwa-Froelich and colleagues comprehensively identify the key components in social competence and skilfully weave together research, theory, case studies, and practical strategies for assessment of, and intervention with, children with social deficits. This book is a tremendous resource for professionals focused on social issues in children.

--Elizabeth R. Crais, Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

This timely and authoritative book on social communication is the first of its kind. It is an ideal text for undergraduate and graduate clinical and didactic courses on language development, disordered language development, pragmatic language, and autism; it is an indispensable resource for any speech-language pathologist and educator who is concerned about social communication competence and performance.

--Yvette D. Hyter, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University, USA

This unique volume combines theory and practice in a highly accessible format. Leading experts delineate the social communication profiles across numerous clinical populations, with case descriptions that make the children come to life. These insights will be beneficial to students, researchers and clinicians alike.

--Courtenay Frazier Norbury, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Table of Contents

Section I: Social Communication Theory and Associated Developmental Domains

1. Social Communication Theoretical Foundations and Introduction, Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

2. Social Neuroscience, Carol E. Westby

3. Socio-Emotional Development Associated with Social Communication, Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

4. Development of Cognitive Processes Associated with Social Communication, Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

5. Social Communication Development, Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

Section II: Evidence-Based Practice for Social Communication Disorders

6. Assessment and Intervention for Children with Pragmatic Language Impairment, Catherine Adams

7. Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for Children on the Autism Spectrum, Danai K. Fannin and Linda R. Watson

8. Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for Children with Language Impairment, Martin Fujiki and Bonnie Brinton

9. Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for Children with Attention Problems, Geralyn R. Timler and Katherine E. White.

10. Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for Children Exposed to Maltreatment, Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich

11. Social Communication Assessment and Intervention for Children with Disruptive Behavior Problems, Carol E. Westby

About the Editor

Deborah A. Hwa-Froelich, PhD, Professor at Saint Louis University, conducts research on sociocultural, socioeconomic, and social-emotional factors influencing communication development and disorders. She has received several awards, including Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Angel in Adoption award from the Congressional Coalition for Adoption Institute.

About the Series

Language and Speech Disorders

This new series brings together course material and new research for students, practitioners, and researchers in the various areas of language and speech disorders. Textbooks covering the basics of the discipline will be designed for courses within communication disorders programs in the English-speaking world, and monographs and edited collections will present cutting-edge research from leading scholars in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD-ADHD)
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Autism Spectrum Disorders