Children with Specific Language Impairment (Language, Speech & Communication) (Language, Speech and Communication)

Children with Specific Language Impairment (Language, Speech & Communication) (Language, Speech and Communication)

by LB Leonard (Author)

Synopsis

Approximately five percent of all children are born with the disorder known as specific language impairment (SLI). These children show a significant deficit in spoken language ability with no obvious accompanying condition such as mental retardation, neurological damage, or hearing impairment. Children with Specific Language Impairment covers all aspects of SLI, including its history, possible genetic and neurobiological origins, and clinical and educational practice. The book highlights important research strategies in the quest to find the cause of SLI and to develop methods of prevention and treatment. It also explores how knowledge of SLI may add to our understanding of language organization and development in general. Leonard does not limit his study to English, but shows how SLI is manifested in speakers of other languages. Although his focus is on children, he also discusses adults who exhibited SLI as children, as well as parents of children with the disorder whose own language abilities became the object of study.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 347
Edition: New edition
Publisher: MIT Press
Published: 01 Mar 2000

ISBN 10: 0262621363
ISBN 13: 9780262621366
Book Overview: Leonard's study will be indispensable for anyone who needs to keep current on child language development in general, and developmental language pathologies in particular... One of the preeminent scholars in the field, Leonard offers a fairly balanced view of specific language impairment in children, no easy task given the controversial nature of the subject. He also provides a comprehensive review of the literature, from the earliest beginnings of work in this field in the last century down to the very latest references. As a resource for students at all levels and for scholars of language development, this work is simply unparalleled. -- L.E. Hewitt Choice This book is a tour de force. I would expect the book to quickly become a classic reference in the field. It is extremely up-to-date, helped in part by the fact that Dr. Leonard is the author of some of the best research on the topic. -- Erika Hoff-Ginsberg, Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University

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Leonard's study will be indispensable for anyone who needs to keep current on child language development in general, and developmental language pathologies in particular... One of the preeminent scholars in the field, Leonard offers a fairly balanced view of specific language impairment in children, no easy task given the controversial nature of the subject. He also provides a comprehensive review of the literature, from the earliest beginnings of work in this field in the last century down to the very latest references. As a resource for students at all levels and for scholars of language development, this work is simply unparalleled. L. E. Hewitt, Choice This book is a tour de force. I would expect the book to quicklybecome a classic reference in the field. It is extremely up-to-date,helped in part by the fact that Dr. Leonard is the author of some ofthe best research on the topic. Erika Hoff-Ginsberg , Professor of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University
Author Bio
Laurence B. Leonard is Rachel E. Stark Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Purdue University.