Content + Structure The contents of each volume are structured as follows: Description: - Terminology - Definition - Epidemiology - Course and Prognosis - Differential Diagnosis - Comorbidities - Diagnostic Procedures and Documentation Theories and Models of the Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment Indications Treatment: - Methods of Treatment - Mechanisms of Action - Efficacy and Prognosis - Variations and Combinations of Methods - Problems in Carrying out the Treatments Case Vignette; Further Reading; References
Dr. Joseph Beitchman is a clinician and therapist who has been working with children and adolescents with language delays for more than 30 years. He has written extensively on language impairment and its relation to psychiatric disorders, including learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto where he teaches and does his research. Dr. Elizabeth Brownlie is a developmental psychologist who works in the area of child, youth, and emerging adult development. Her research focuses on the role of gender, language/learning, and other determinants of health on mental health and wellbeing. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
"Given the extensive, pervasive impact of language disorders on so many domains of development, it is clear that this is a topic that affects professionals in a number of fields. Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents is a book that bridges the differences in these various fields by offering relevant, accessible information. Psychologists and researchers will appreciate the firm empirical grounding laced throughout the book, and practitioners will welcome the straightforward presentation of the most important information in a readable, relatable format that can be easily referenced. There are a number of key features that make this book a valuable resource. "First, the breadth of information available in this concise book is extraordinary. "Second, the book is clearly written for practitioners and lends itself nicely to applied use. "Third, Beitchman and Brownlie provide a number of valuable resources in the appendices. "Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents is a clear, concise, practical guide that is useful to clinicians in a number of fields. It could be used as an introductory tool for undergraduate or graduate students, or for new professionals in the field of speech pathology. It would also be ideal as an overview of language disorders and References related issues for professionals in early childhood education, special education, psychology, mental health counseling, social work, or even relevant medical fields [and] to parents or family members of a child with a language disorder. "Beitchman and Brownlie have achieved an admirable balance between introductory text and practical reference guide by providing a resource that adequately summarizes existing literature, outlines the present stance of the field, and provides tools to continue moving forward." Adam Winsler, professor of applied developmental psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and Emily R. Doll, MA, graduate student, East Stroudsburg University, PA, in PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 59, 2014 "As part of the series "Advances in Psychotherapy: Evidenced-Based Practice", Joseph H. Beitchman and E.B. Brownlie's new book provides a fresh perspective on the evaluation and psychologically-based treatment of children and adolescents with atypical language development. The book is organized into four sections, with the first and last providing the greatest depth of information: (1) description, (2) theories and models of language development in children and adolescents, (3) diagnosis and treatment indications, and (4) treatment. Each section flows logically and builds upon previous topics to provide a thorough overview. The authors explore each of these areas in a creative manner, providing an excellent resource for review, quick reference, or use in supervision of trainees or students. Not only is this book highly recommended for use in clinical supervision at the graduate student or intern level of training, it also promises to be a regular resource for trainees or independent practitioners." Susan M. McManus and Kathleen O'Toole in Child Neuropsychology, 2014 "A new book in the Hogrefe series on Advances in Psychotherapy... It is written in a "reader-friendly style" and clinicians [...] will certainly appreciate the discussion of the impact and significance of DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria and the authors' insightful assessment of methods of treatment. "In addition, because the material is presented without unnecessary specialized jargon, the book can also assist parents, care-givers, and teachers who seek core information on the complexities of language impairment issues." Francisco Lacerda in Acta Paediatrica, 2014, doi: 10.1111/apa.12564 "[A] near definitive description of the various facets of language impairment... geared toward psychologists and others with a mental health background, but anyone who works with children and adolescents would benefit from the wealth of knowledge in this book. I would not hesitate to recommend this as a supplement for a graduate course on child psychopathology, psycholinguistics, or formal speech pathology training. ... Theories and models of language disorders are covered from both normal and abnormal patterns along with discussions on parent-child relationships, self-regulation, and social problems. Readers will appreciate the easy-to-follow plans on how to conduct assessments with the child and parents, and the steps to take in initiating treatment. An extensive set of treatment plans and modalities are discussed with a wonderfully balanced discussion on resistance, multicultural, gender, and social disadvantage issues." Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Columbia College of Missouri), in Doody's Listings and Reviews, 2014 "This short book cannot be recommended more highly for a quick authoritative account of developmental language disorders and how to remediate them. "Free of jargon, the book provides a comprehensive overview of contemporary theory and practice in the field, discussing key issues such as the borderlands of language impairment, nomenclature and co-morbidity as well as longer term outcomes. It proceeds to review the range of assessment tools available for screening and assessment before describing in detail treatment approaches targeting language, behaviour, family relationships and emotional and behavioural symptoms. "The book is well organized... and can be highly recommended to all those concerned with language difficulties, including psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers and speech and language therapists, as well as informed parents. Students will find it particularly helpful as an introduction to theory and practice." Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St John's College, University of Oxford, UK; Past-President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading; Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry