Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Perspective

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Pearson/Allyn and Bacon, 2007 - Medical - 556 pages
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Written in an appealing and highly readable manner, "Introduction to Communication Disorders: A Lifespan Perspective" has provided a multitude of students with a comprehensive introduction to the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

The Third Edition of this best-selling text catalogs and discusses each disorder with an emphasis on how the disorder impacts the individual. It serves as a foundation by providing many viewpoints for the introductory student, offering personal stories from people with communication disorders and examining the field from a lifespan perspective. In addition, the text discusses the best models of good practice and approaches for assessment and intervention based on the authors' own clinical experiences. More than merely a catalog, "Introduction to Communication Disorders, Third Edition," brings students into the daily lives of individuals who live with a disorder.

Highlights of the Third Edition: Case studies introduce many chapters and help students more readily understand individuals with the accompanying disorder. New chapter targets literacy impairments with sections on reading, writing and related skill areas. Completely redesigned, the third edition has a new organization, expanded format and new pedagogical features that make the text easy to navigate and a pleasure to read. Content has been reorganized to reflect the needs of students in introductory courses. Information in the anatomy and physiology chapter has been modified and sections on physical development have been moved to the appropriate chapters, improving the flow of information. Information formerly found in the communication development chapter has been divided and placed in the relevant disorder chapters, improving the flow of information. TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE-A new Companion Website referenced throughout the text incorporates lessons and comes complete with dynamic instructor supplements including a Computerized Test Bank, and Blackboard (teacher's lecture notes), and CourseCompass.

Visit Allyn & Bacon's Communication Sciences and Disorders SuperSite at This site offers hyperlinks to dozens of related web sites, provides a glossary of terms, and offers study questions for each of the important topics in the field of Communication Disorders. No password required!

Companion Web Site: The Companion Web Site acts as an extension of the text, offering for each chapter guided study questions and links to useful websites on the Internet.

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Owens is a professor and director of the graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology

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