Childhood Speech, Language and Listening Problems, 3ed: What Every Parent Should Know

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Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi

Childhood Speech, Language and Listening Problems, 3ed
320 pages
ISBN: 9780470532164

The essential, up-to-date guide for helping children with language and listening problems.

Does your child have trouble getting the right words out, following directions, or being understood? In this revised new edition of Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems, speech-language pathologist Patricia Hamaguchi; who has been helping children overcome problems like these for more than thirty years; answers your questions to help you determine what's best for your child.

This newest edition:

  • Expands on speech and articulation issues affecting toddlers
  • Includes a new chapter on socially "quirky" children
  • Explains how to get the right help for your child, including when to wait before seeking help, how to find the right specialist, and how the problem may affect your child academically, socially, and at home
  • Covers major revisions in educational laws and programs and insurance coverage as well as current information on new interventions and cutting-edge research in the field
  • Updates information on autism spectrum disorders, neurobiological disorders, and auditory processing disorders
  • "Provides valuable information for parents of children with speech, language, and listening problems." - Sandra C. Holley, Ph.D., Former President, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (on the Second Edition)

Many children receive special education services each year to address speech and language problems, and many others struggle with language and listening to some degree. If your child is one of them, this book gives you the crucial and up-to-date guidance you need to help him or her both in school and at home.

Table of Contents



Part I What You Should Know and How to Get Help.

1 Speech, Language, and Listening: How They Develop.

  • What Is Speech?
  • What Is Language?
  • What Is Listening?
  • How Do Children Learn to Communicate?
  • Speech, Language, and Listening Milestones.

2 Does Your Child Need Help? The Warning Signs.

  • When to Get Help.
  • Warning Signs to Look For.

3 Having Your Child Evaluated.

  • Whom to See.
  • Where to Go.
  • The Evaluation (aka The Assessment).
  • Special Considerations: Testing Infants and Preschoolers.

4 After the Evaluation: Understanding Report Jargon and the IEP.

  • The Numbers Used to Measure Performance.
  • After the Evaluation: Using Public School Services in the United States.
  • Options for Speech and Language Therapy.

Part II Speech, Language, and Listening Problems.

5 Understanding Speech Problems.

  • Stuttering.
  • Common Pronunciation Problems.
  • Common Voice Problems.

6 Understanding Language Problems.

  • Your Baby's First Words.
  • Toddlers and Preschoolers with Delayed Speech or Language.
  • When Learning New Words Comes Slowly: Vocabulary Problems.
  • The "Him Not Talkin’ Right" Child: Morphological and Syntax Problems.
  • The "Whatchamacallit, Um, Thing Over There" Child: A Word Retrieval Problem.
  • The "I Don’t Know How to Explain It" Child: Sequencing, Referential, and Divergent Language Problems.
  • Social Language and Playing: When Something's Just Not Right.

7 Understanding Listening (Auditory) Problems.

  • The "What? Did You Say Something?" Child: A Central Auditory Processing Problem.
  • The "I Forgot What You Said" Child: An Auditory Memory Problem.
  • The "I Don’t Understand What I’m Supposed to Do" Child: A Language Processing Problem (AKA Receptive Language Delay).

8 Causes and Associated Conditions.

  • Common Causes of Speech, Language, and Listening Problems.
  • Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Hearing Impairment, and Other Special Conditions.

9 Answers to Your Questions.

Appendix A Resources.

Appendix B Suggested Reading.