About The Book

This book, now in its second edition, is a practical resource that helps speech-language pathologists, educators, and other professionals understand how poverty affects children’s developing language and provides strategies that support these children and their families.

The author, a university professor and part-time itinerant speech-language pathologist in the schools, balances research and practical, “Monday morning” strategies for professionals who want to help low-socioeconomic status (SES) students from preschool through high school succeed in school and, eventually, in society.

The text presents up-to-date information about the “culture of poverty” and background information on factors impacting low-income children’s language skills. It goes on to provide practical strategies for nonbiased assessment, intervention, structuring the school environment, and working with families.

Helpful new features in the second edition include:

  • Chapter highlights at the end of each chapter
  • References to many new research studies
  • Content grounded in principles of evidence-based practice
  • Practice recommendations based in research from a variety of disciplines, such as social science, speech-language pathology, neuroscience, and education
  • New case studies of the author’s actual clients

The second edition includes much more information about serving homeless students, including mitigating the effects of chaos through increasing executive functioning skills. The author works directly with homeless people on the streets and therefore includes a broad-based (hands-on and research) perspective about meeting the unique needs of this population.

The second edition contains new information about using Response to Intervention (RtI) to serve low-SES students in general education classroom settings. Updated technology recommendations (e.g., using iPad and YouTube technology) are presented. The section on increasing the literacy skills of low-SES students has been expanded, as well.

In sum, the second edition of Increasing Language Skills of Students from Low-Income Backgrounds is a must-have for any professional who serves students and their families from low-SES backgrounds.

About The Author

Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, PhD, CCC-SLP, received her doctorate from Northwestern University. She is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Roseberry is also currently a part-time itinerant speech pathologist in San Juan Unified School District, where she provides direct services to students from preschool through high school. She has worked in educational and medical settings with a wide variety of clients ranging from preschoolers through geriatric patients. She serves homeless persons in her community through direct work on the streets.

Dr. Roseberry’s primary research interests are in the areas of assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with communication disorders as well as service delivery to students from low-income backgrounds. She has over 70 publications, including 15 books, and has made over 300 presentations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Dr. Roseberry is a Fellow of ASHA and winner of ASHA’s Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs. She received the national presidential Daily Point of Light Award for her volunteer work in building literacy skills of children in poverty. She lived in the Philippines as the daughter of Baptist missionaries from ages 6 to 17.

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