Language Disorders in Children: Fundamental Concepts of Assessment and Intervention

Third Edition

Joan N. Kaderavek, Victoria H. Henbest

Details: 515 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-758-4

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Release Date: 11/27/2024

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Now published by Plural, this modernized third edition of Language Disorders in Children: Fundamental Concepts of Assessment and Intervention, offers a comprehensive overview of language disorders in children for speech-language pathology students. The expert authors bring together decades of clinical experience and pedagogical expertise to create a comprehensive resource with instructional strategies and clinical applications, enhanced with numerous activities, discussions, and case studies that promote critical thinking. This edition introduces a groundbreaking model that utilizes a story-based approach to explain the dimensions of choosing and developing interventions. This method engages students in a thought experiment that illuminates the nuances of clinical decision-making, particularly for children with developmental language disorder, autism, and other developmental disabilities. The book revisits and expands upon the well-regarded five Communication Subdomains framework, providing a clear and structured approach to understanding language development from early pragmatic skills to advanced discourse.

New to the Third Edition

  • New coauthor, Victoria S. Henbest, PhD, CCC-SLP  
  • A color layout with refreshed and new illustrations to enhance visual comprehension
  • Increased emphasis on multicultural considerations in assessment and treatment of child language disorders
  • Added content on the use of technology in clinical practice
  • Additional class activities and discussions to facilitate clinical thinking skills
  • Updated ancillary resources for instructor and students

Key Features

  • A two-step approach to language sample analysis is presented with clarifying case studies, figures, and directions for completing a language sample
  • Chapter overview questions at the beginning of chapters serve as a road map for students
  • QR codes direct readers to helpful video clips and web resources
  • Boxed focus points effectively communicate the most crucial aspects of the text
  • Bolded key terms and a comprehensive glossary help improve retention of the material
  • Case Studies and Discussion and in-class activities encourage students to delve deeper into the material 
  • Concise Chapter summaries end each chapter to reinforce key takeaways
  • Appendices containing valuable supplementary materials such as worksheets, case studies, language analyses guides, standard score interpretation tutorial, and assessment reports

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

For instructors: Instructor Manual, PowerPoint Slides, Test Bank, Guidelines for Cultural Awareness Activities, and Assessment Instruments 
For students: eFlashcards and Study Quizzes




Part I. Foundations of Assessment and Intervention in Language Disorders

Chapter 1. The Foundations of Language and Clinical Practice

Chapter 2. Language Theory and the Communication Subdomains

Chapter 3. Assessment of Language Disorders

Chapter 4. Decision Making in Assessment and Intervention

Chapter 5. Principles of Intervention

Part II. Language Disorders

Chapter 6. Children With Development Language Disorder (DLD)

Chapter 7. Children With Hearing Loss

Lori A. Pakulski and Erika Squires

Chapter 8. Children With Intellectual Disability

Chapter 9. Autism

Angela B. Anthony

Chapter 10. Emergent Literacy, Reading, Spelling, and Writing

Chapter 11. Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Julia M. Fischer and Pamela Terrell

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

Appendix D

Appendix E

Appendix F

Appendix G


Joan N. Kaderavek

Joan N. Kaderavek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL is a Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) at the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio. She is a Fellow of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association. Kaderavek worked as a clinician and as the Director of Speech-Language Pathology Services at the Toledo Hearing and Speech Center for 10 years, prior to her doctoral education. She has published numerous book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and presented both at the national and international level. She has served as a co-principal investigator on multiple, nationally-funded research projects in the areas of early literacy development and early childhood science education. Her work within the field of science education has developed her expertise in training teachers to use pedagogical practices facilitating students’ high-level, critical thinking.

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Victoria H. Henbest

Victoria S. Henbest, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, is an ASHA certified Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistant Professor in the Speech Pathology and Audiology Department at the University of South Alabama (USA) where she teaches courses on language, literacy, and speech disorders as well as augmentative and alternative communication.  Dr. Henbest worked full-time for five years in the public-school early childhood setting before returning to school for her Ph.D. She has 14 years of experience working with young children with speech, language, and literacy deficits and has published on these topics in professional peer-reviewed journals.

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Language Disorders in Children: Fundamental Concepts of Assessment and Intervention, Third Edition comes with access to supplementary student and instructor resources on a PluralPlus companion website.

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