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Introduction to Communication Disorders : A Lifespan Evidence-Based Perspective

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-12
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Comprehensive yet compact and user-friendly, the fourth edition of Introduction to Communication Disorders takes a unique lifespan perspective that enables students to focus both on disorders and also on how these disorders impact on the lives of individuals. Through case studies, technical illustrations, best practices boxes, and other features, each chapter describes a specific disorder, related assessment, and applicable intervention methods – all with a foundation in evidence-based practices.

More than a simple catalog of communication disorders, this relaxed and readable introductory text illustrates each chapter with a detailed case study. In addition, the new and completely revised fourth edition of this book has been updated to include new features, new research, and new material.

New to this Edition:

-The addition of evidence-based practice (EBP) throughout the text provides students with the most effective and efficient assessment and intervention practices possible.

-Research updates and revisions throughout the text, including over 400 new and relevant research studies, keeps the book current and relevant in an ever-changing field.

-Best practices boxes in each chapter cover the ideal assessment and intervention process for each disorder discussed and offer students a quick and easy-to-read reference.

-Website references in each chapter allow readers to further explore topics relating to communication disorders on the Internet.

-New diagrams and figures illustrate the locations of various disorders, especially those with a neurological basis.

-New communication disorders have been added, including childhood motor speech disorders and other language disorders, making the text more comprehensive.

-A redesigned companion website is now more user-friendly and better helps students learn the material included in the text and explore additional websites of interest.

Author Biography

Robert Owens is a NYS Distinguished Teaching Professor of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at SUNY Geneseo and the author of three textbooks, and a score of other books, articles and book chapters. He has presented over 180 professional workshops and papers. His professional interests are language development and disorders.

Table of Contents



1. A Journey: From Student to Professional

    Helping Others to Help Themselves

    Service Through the Lifespan

    Communication Disorders in Historical Perspective


2. Typical and Disordered Communication

    Human Communication

    Communication Through the Lifespan

    Communication Impairments


3. Anatomy and Physiology Related to Speech, Hearing, and Language

    The Physiological Subsystems Supporting Speech

    The Speech Production Process


4. Assessment and Intervention

    Differences, Dialects, Disorders

    Is There a Problem?

    Defining the Problem

    Intervention with Communication Disorders


5. Childhood Language Impairments

    Language Development Through the Lifespan

    Association Disorders and Related Causes

    Aspects of Language Affected




6. Developmental Literacy Impairments




7. Adult Language Impairments

    Language Development Through the Lifespan


    Right Hemisphere Damage

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)



8. Fluency Disorders

    Fluent Speech Versus Stuttering      

    The Onset and Development of Stuttering Through the Lifespan

    Therapeutic Techniques Used with Young Children

    Therapeutic Techniques Used with Older Children and Adults Who Stutter

    The Effectiveness of Stuttering Intervention Through the Lifespan


9. The Voice and Voice Disorders

    Pitch and the Pitch-Changing Mechanism

    Vocal Loudness and the Loudness-Changing Mechanism

    The Voice Evaluation and Intervention          

    Efficacy of Voice Therapy


10. Disorders of Articulation and Phonology

    Understanding Speech Sounds

    Speech-Sound Development Through the Lifespan

    Associated Disorders and Related Causes

    Language and Dialectal Variations



11. Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

    Physical Challenges of Clefts Through the Lifespan

    Development of the Face and Palate

    Cleft Lip and Palate Classification Systems

    Clinical Features of Clefts

    Etiologics of Clefts

    Incidence of Clefts

    Communication Problems Associated with Clefts


12. Neurogenic Speech Disorders

    Causes of Neurogenic Speech Disorders

    The Dysarthrias

    Apraxia of Speech


13. Disorders of Swallowing

    Lifespan Perspectives

    The Swallowing Process

    Disordered Swallowing

    Evaluation for Swallowing

    Dysphagia Intervention and Treatment

    Prognoses and Outcomes for Swallowing Disorders


14. Audiology and Hearing Losee

    Incidence and Prevalence of Hearing Loss

    Hearing Loss Through the Lifespan

    What Is Audiology?

    Anatomy and Physiology of the Auditory System

    Types of Hearing Loss

    Degrees of Hearing Loss

    Audiological Assessment Procedures

    Aural (Audiological) Habilitation/Rehabilitation


15. Augmentative and Alternative Communication

    Types of AAC

    Speech and AAC

    Intervention Considerations


Appendix A: Requirements for Becoming an Audiologist

Appendix B: Requirements for Becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist




Author Index

Subject Index

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