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Introduction to Children With Language Disorders (Paperback) (Vicki A. Reed)
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This book is about children who do not acquire language normally, their characteristics, and how to help them successfully develop language skills. It begins with an overview of the aspects of normal language, looking at the bases of language and communication and at normal language development in children and adolescents. Here readers get a review of the concepts, as well as an introduction to the rest of the book. The central focus of the book features nine chapters on the language difficulties of different groups of children, including groups defined by the age of the children in combination with an etiological condition, for example preschoolers with specific language impairment and adolescents with language impairment, and groups defined by concomitant or etiological conditions associated with the children’s language difficulties, for example autism spectrum disorder. Included in this section are discussions of children’s language associated with learning disability, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, auditory impairment, linguistic and cultural diversity, acquired language disorders, and specific language impairment. Adolescents with language impairment, as well as language of other special populations of children, such as gifted children and those with cleft palate, are also explored. The final part of the text presents more detailed discussions of language intervention, including augmentative and alternative communication as it relates to children with language disorders and their interventions; language assessment; and the procedures used and factors considered in intervention with children with language disorders. Thoroughly updated to reflect the most current knowledge in the field, the new edition also includes current information about federal education laws and initiatives that affect services for children with language disorders.
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