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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Communication Disorders

ISBN 9780230285064
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Modern Linguistics

The full range of developmental and acquired communication disorders are examined by analyzing their clinical features and explaining how therapists assess and treat them. Clinical linguistic data are given throughout, and a comprehensive companion website containing colour photographs, audio and video files and self-test questions, is provided.

Louise Cummings is Professor of Linguistics at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is the author of Pragmatics (2005), Clinical Linguistics (2008), Clinical Pragmatics (2009) and Rethinking the BSE Crisis (2010). She has been editor of The Routledge Pragmatics Encyclopedia (2010) and the Cambridge Handbook of Communication Disorders (2013). She has been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and Cambridge Universities. As well as a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, she is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, UK.

1. The Study of Communication Disorders
2. Developmental Speech Disorders
3. Developmental Language Disorders
4. Acquired Speech Disorders
5. Acquired Language Disorders
6. Communication Disorders in Mental Illness
7. Disorders of Voice
8. Disorders of Fluency


"Communication Disorders will be a valuable text for all students and professionals who work with people who have communication difficulties. The book provides an overview of current research with illustrative case studies and data. Readers also gain access to a website of resources linked to exercises to consolidate learning." Karen Bryan, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
"This book is a must have for anyone teaching or studying in the field of Communication Disorders. The exercises both in the book and online allow students to immediately apply learned concepts to real clinical scenarios. This accessible yet comprehensive text provides much-needed exposure to the entire range of complex diagnoses students will face clinically, and the professionals they will work with daily." Kathleen Scaler Scott, Misericordia University, USA
"Cummings presents a comprehensive overview of the field of communication disorders in children and adults that is a treat to read both for students and for the general public. She starts from a theoretical model of speech and language production and comprehension and nicely fits each of the described defects into this model in a clear style and with many examples on the accompanying website as illustration. This book is an asset to the field of speech and language pathology." Roelien Bastiaanse, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
"Written in an easy to read style, this book provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of communication disorders, including topics only partially covered elsewhere. An excellent reference text for students, clinicians and researchers in speech language pathology and related professions". Bruce Murdoch, University of Queensland, Australia
"Communication Disorders provides an easy to use, practical approach to developmental and acquired communication disorders. The addition of online materials in conjunction with the end of chapter exercises make this a really engaging and at times challenging book, both for the more experienced clinician as well as the student discovering the complexities of communication disorders for the first time. The book is clearly structured and signposted throughout." Victoria Riley-Hill, Associate Better Communication CIC, UK
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