Chapters written by leading authorities offer current perspectives on the origins and development of language disorders. They address the question: How can the child's linguistic environment be restructured so that children at risk can develop important adaptive skills in the domains of self-care, social interaction, and problem solving? This theory-based, but practical book emphasizes the importance of accurate definitions of subtypes for assessment and intervention. It will be of interest to students, researchers, and practitioners in the field of developmental language disorders.
Contents: W.J.M. Levelt, Preface. L. Verhoeven, H. van Balkom, Introduction: Developmental Language Disorders: Classification, Assessment, and Intervention. Part I: Etiology. N. Botting, G. Conti-Ramsden, Characteristics of Children With Specific Language Impairment. J. Reilly, J. Weckerly, B. Wulfeck, Neuroplasticity and Development: The Acquisition of Morphosyntax in Children With Early Focal Lesions and Children With Specific Language Impairment. P.H. Been, F. Zwarts, Language Disorders Across Modalities: The Case of Developmental Dyslexia. P.H.T. Leppänen, H. Lyytinen, N. Choudbury, A.A. Benasich, Neuroimaging Measures in the Study of Specific Language Impairment. R.B. Gillam, L.M. Hoffman, Information Processing in Children With Specific Language Impairment. S. Goorhuis-Brouwer, F. Coster, H. Nakken, H.L. Spelberg, Environmental Factors in Developmental Language Disorders. Part II: Typology. B. Maassen, Speech Output Disorders. J. Katz, K. Tillery, Central Auditory Processing. L.B. Leonard, P. Deevy, Lexical Deficits in Specific Language Impairment. D. Ravid, R. Levie, G.A. Ben-Zvi, Morphological Disorders. J. de Jong, Grammatical Impairment: An Overview and a Sketch of Dutch. H. van Balkom, L. Verhoeven, Pragmatic Disability in Children With Specific Language Impairments. Part III: Assessment and Intervention. D.V.M. Bishop, Specific Language Impairment: Diagnostic Dilemmas. P. van Geert, A Dynamic Systems Approach to Diagnostic Measurement of SLI. H. de Ridder, H. van der Stege, Early Detection of Developmental Language Disorders. S.F. Warren, P.J. Yoder, Early Intervention for Young Children With Language Impairments. L. Verhoeven, E. Segers, Benefits of Speech Manipulation for Children With Language Disorders. J. Law, The Close Association Between Classification and Intervention for Children With Primary Language Impairments.