Understanding Developmental Language Disorders by Courtenay Frazier Norbury, J. Bruce Tomlin and Dorothy V.M. Bishop is a book worth adding to your Christmas list if you don’t already own a copy. Children are diagnosed with Diagnoistic Language Disorders (DLD) when they fail to develop his or her native language without any apparent reason. This disorder is one of the most common reasons for parents for parents of preschool children to seek the advice of their family doctor. Many children rapidly improve while others have more persistent language difficulties. Long-term deficits can often adversely affect academic progress, social relationships, and mental well-being.
There is still a lot of work to be done on what causes DLDs and how best to intervene despite how common the disorder is. Understanding Developmental Language Disorders summarizes the recent research developments in genetics and neuroimaging studies, assessment techniques and treatment studies to provide an overview of all the aspects of DLD. The book also investigates the possible genetic and biological causes of the disorder, how best to assess children’s language skills to identify when and where communication breakdown occurs, what the long-term outcomes are for children who grow up with DLD, overlaps between DLD and other childhood disorders such as dyslexia and autism and how best to treat children with the disorder. With a focus on both theory and practice, this book is an invaluable resource to students and researchers of speech-language pathology as well as SLP practitioners.