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Introduction to Communication Disorders A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective, Loose-Leaf Version

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Loose-leaf
  • Copyright: 2014-04-09
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Note: This is the loose-leaf version of Introduction to Communication Disorders and does not include access to the Enhanced Pearson eText. To order the Enhanced Pearson eText packaged with the loose-leaf version, use ISBN 0133862070.


The new Fifth Edition of this clear, comprehensive introduction to communication sciences and disorders continues the evidence-based, lifespan perspective as it reviews and explains the most recent research evidence pertaining to the assessment and treatment of communication disorder from birth through the end of life. In it, students gain a basic foundation in the areas of anatomy and physiology of the speech and hearing mechanisms, and an overview of the various disorders that affect voice, fluency, articulation, language, cognition, swallowing, and hearing, along with detailed descriptions of the varying etiologies that cause these impairments. The authors describe specific evaluation procedures and tools for each disorder, and discuss efficacious management approaches and techniques for both child and adult populations. Case studies, evidence-based practice summary boxes, video examples, technical and photographic illustrations, and Check Your Understanding and thought questions are featured as a means to maximize the student’s learning experience. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video, assessments, and internet resources.


Introduction to Communication Disorders, 5/e is also available as an electronic eText; updated throughout to reflect the current state of clinical research, and updated to align with ASHA’s new 2014 standards pertaining to voice and resonance disorders; completely reorganized into few chapters; and further revised to improve readability and simplify background information on subjects normally covered in other introductory courses.


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Author Biography

Robert E. Owens, Jr. Ph.D. (“Dr. Bob”) is an Associate Professor at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and a New York State Distinguished Teaching Professor. He teaches courses in language development and language disorders and is the author of Language Development, An Introduction (8 editions), Language Disorders, A Functional Approach (6 editions), Program for the Acquisition of Language with the Severely Impaired (PALS), Help Your Baby Talk, Introducing the New Shared Communication Method, and Queer Kids, The Challenge & Promise for Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Youth. His Language Development text is the most widely used in the world and has been translated into Spanish, Korean, and Arabic. He has also co-authored Introduction to Communication Disorders, A Life Span Perspective (4 editions), written a score of book chapters and professional articles, and authored two as-yet unpublished novels which are sure to win a posthumous Pulitzer prize. Currently, he is authoring a text on early intervention. In love with the sound of his own voice, Dr. Bob has presented over 190 professional papers and workshops around the globe. His professional interests are language disorders in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are also some of his best friends. And he’s a gran’pa!


Kimberly A. Farinella, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinic Director at Northern Arizona University, and holds a research appointment at the University of Arizona.  She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Speech Pathology, Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN) and her doctoral training at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Farinella’s research focuses on the treatment efficacy of motor-based speech approaches used to treat children with speech disorders of neurogenic origin (i.e., childhood apraxia of speech; dysarthria), as well as systematic study of the principles of motor learning.  Dr.

Farinella teaches graduate courses in neurobiology and motor speech disorders, and has presented hundreds of workshops on the differential diagnosis and treatment of children with severe speech sound impairments.  She also continues to practice as a school-based speech-language pathologist on a part-time basis throughout the state of Arizona.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1      The Field, The Professionals and The Clients  

Chapter 2      Typical and Disordered Communication  

Chapter 3      Overview of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Production Mechanism 

Chapter 4      Childhood Language Impairments  

Chapter 5      Developmental Literacy Impairments  

Chapter 6      Adult Language Impairments  

Chapter 7      Fluency Disorders  

Chapter 8      Voice and Resonance Disorders  

Chapter 9      Disorders of Articulation and Phonology  

Chapter 10    Motor Speech Disorders  

Chapter 11    Disorders of Swallowing  

Chapter 12    Audiology and Hearing Loss  

                       Dave DeBonis, Ph.D.

Chapter 13    Augmentative and Alternative Communication  

                       James Feeney, Ph.D.

Appendix A    Professional Organizations



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