Presents the knowledge needed to evaluate, compare, select, and apply effective
interventions for language disorders in children. Expert contributors take a
balanced, in-depth look at 15 widely used interventions, examining how they
should be applied, what evidence demonstrates that they really work, and what
SLPs should do to support and refine the approaches.
With this much-needed textbook, graduate students in SLP courses will have the comprehensive knowledge they need to evaluate, compare, select, and apply effective interventions for language disorders in children. Expert contributors take a balanced, in-depth look at 15 widely used interventions, examining how they should be applied, what evidence demonstrates that they really work, and what SLPs should do to support and refine the approaches.
Future practitioners will consider three types of interventions: those targeting
prelinguistic and early linguistic communication, more advanced language and
literacy, and multiple levels of language and/or nonlanguage goals. Each chapter
critically examines one treatment approach and brings it to life with one or
more realistic case studies and a DVD clip that shows the strategy in action.
Readers will get rich, detailed discussion of
• the theoretical and empirical basis of each intervention
• target populations
• assessments for determining treatment relevance and goals
• practical requirements
• assessment methods to support decision making
• considerations for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
• application to an individual child
• future directions
The book’s consistent chapter format makes it easy for students to evaluate and compare treatment approaches. And with the brief, memorable DVD clips of each approach in action, students will have vivid illustrations of the interventions that they can’t get from any other textbook.
Dr. Rebecca J. McCauley joined the faculty of The Ohio State University, USA in 2008 after 23 years at the University of Vermont, USA. She is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Fellow and a Board-Recognized Specialist in Child Language. She has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Speech-Language-Pathology and has produced four books on child communication disorders in addition to this one. She is currently working on editing a book of this type in the area of autism spectrum disorders with Dean Patricia Prelock of the University of Vermont, USA. Her research focuses on severe speech disorders in children, especially childhood apraxia of speech, and on strategies for understanding and improving clinical practice related to children’s communication disorders.
Marc E. Fey, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a professor in the Hearing and Speech Department at the University of Kansas Medical Center, USA. He has published numerous articles, chapters, and software programs on children’s speech and language development and disorders and has written or edited three books on childlanguage intervention. He was editor of the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology from 1996 to 1998 and chair of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s publications board from 2003 to 2005. He holds the Kawana Award for Lifetime Achievement in Publications and the Honors of the Association from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Ronald B. Gillam is professor, Endowed Chair, Speech-Language Pathology, Utah State University, USA