Delayed development of speech and/or language is one of the commonest reasons for parents of preschool children to seek the advice of a paediatrician.
Accessible to non-academic Speech and Language Impairments provides an overview of recent research developments in specific speech and language impairments, written by experts in the field. Topics include normal and disordered development of problems , crosslinguistic studies, pragmatic language impairments, early identification, educational and psychiatric outcomes, acquired epileptic aphasia and experimental studies of remediation. The book concludes with a chapter by Michael Rutter that gives guidelines for conducting and evaluating research in this field.
Table of Contents
Foreword. M. Tomasello, Acquiring Syntax is Not What You Think. M.L. Rice, Grammatical Symptoms of Specific Language Impairment. R. Plomin, P.S. Dale, Genetics and Early Language Development: A UK Study of Twins. G. J. Whitehurst, J.E. Fischel, Reading and Language Impairments in Conditions of Poverty. J. Stackhouse, Barriers to Literacy Development in Children with Speech and Language Difficulties. D.V.M. Bishop, Pragmatic Language Impairment: A Correlate of SLI a Distinct Subgroup, or Part of the Autistic Continum? L.B. Leonard, Specific Language Impairment Across Languages. P. Tallal, Experimental Studies of Language Learning Impairments: From Research to Remediation. S.E. Weismer, Intervention for Children with Developmental Language Delay. M.E. Fey, K. Proctor-Williams, Recasting, Elicited Information and Modelling In Grammar Intervention for Children with Specific Language Impairments. R. Paul, Predicting Outcomes of Early Expressive Language Delay: Ethical Implications. G. Conti-Ramsden, N. Botting, Educational Placements for Children with Specific Language Impairments. I.M. Goodyear, Language Difficulties and Psychopathology. M.J. Snowling, Language and Literacy Skills: Who is at Risk and Why? T. Deaonna, Acquired Eplieptic Aphasia (AEA) or Landau-Kleffner Syndrome: From Childhood to Adulthood. M. Rutter, Research into Practice: Future Prospects. Index.
The range of topics covered in the book provides a commendable reference source for researchers and practitioners. All chapters are built on a sound edifice of research providing sufficient depth to evaluate contrasting views. - Julie Dockrell, Institute of Education, in Child Language