Born to Talk An Introduction to Speech and Language Development

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-02-08
  • Publisher: Pearson

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A comprehensive, contemporary, reader-friendly view of speech and language development from childhood to adulthood
With its primary focus on language development, Born to Talk: An Introduction to Speech and Language Development encompasses new and exciting contributions to the information about human language acquisition. It keeps readers informed of the complex array of topics that provide the foundation for human communication and its development from birth through young adulthood. Featuring nine chapters that can easily be covered in a typical 15-week semester, Born to Talk ties together all aspects of language development in an easy-to-read and easy-to-teach manner.

The 7th Edition includes a new chapter and appendices on language sampling, making it particularly useful for students and practitioners in speech-language pathology.
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Author Biography

Kathleen R. Fahey, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado. She authored editions 5 (2011), 6 (2015), and 7 of Born to Talk: An Introduction to Speech and Language Development. Dr. Fahey co-authored Language Development, Differences, and Disorders: A Perspective for General and Special Education Teachers and Classroom-Based Speech-Language Pathologists in 2000 published by Pro-Ed. She taught undergraduate and graduate courses in speech-language pathology from 1993 to 2017 including normal language development, language disorders in young children, language disorders in school-age children, diagnostic procedures, phonological disorders, and clinical intervention strategies. She was active in state associations focusing on recruitment and retention of professionals in the schools.  

Lloyd M. Hulit, Ph.D., is professor emeritus at Illinois State University. He was senior author of the first edition (1993) through sixth edition (2015) of Born to Talk: An Introduction to Speech and Language Development. Dr. Hulit authored three textbooks on stuttering: Stuttering Therapy: A Guide to the Charles Von Riper Approach, Stuttering in Perspective, and Straight Talk on Stuttering. Dr. Hulit authored 14 journal articles and published papers. His passion was teaching in the areas of fluency disorders, phonological disorders, and language development.

Merle R. Howard, Ph.D., was a respected colleague and beloved friend to Dr. Hulit. Dr. Howard passed away on July 8, 2013. They wrote the first edition of Born to Talk: An Introduction to Speech and Language Development, published in 1993, while they were colleagues at Illinois State University. Dr. Howard co-authored the second through fifth editions (2011) of the text. Dr. Howard’s teaching career spanned 35 years, focusing on neuropathology, language development, and many other topics. He was also the director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic at the close of his career.  

Table of Contents

1. A Connection of Brains
2. Language Acquisition: A Theoretical Journey
3. Cognitive Development: Building a Foundation for Language
4. In the Beginning: Communication Development from Birth to 2 Years
5. Children Learning Language: Participating in Language Sample
6. The Saga Continues: Language Development Through the Preschool Years
7. Taking Language from Home to School
8. Development of Speech Sounds and Cultural Variations in Speech and Language Production
9. Speech and Language Disorders in the Home, School, and Community
10. The Anatomical and Physiological Bases of Speech, Language, and Hearing

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