About The Book

INTRO: A Guide to Communication Sciences and Disorders, Third Edition is designed for the undergraduate student with an interest in entering the field of communication sciences and disorders. INTRO is an introduction to the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology and the underlying discipline on which they are based, communication sciences and disorders. This text provides essential information concerning a wide range of communication disorders found in children and adults.

Key Features

  • A strong international focus with coverage of country-specific incidence and prevalence of various communication disorders.
  • Each chapter begins with learning objectives and ends with study questions to review key concepts.
  • Bolded key terms and a comprehensive glossary improve retention of the material.
  • The text includes real-life examples in the form of video links to help reinforce the information in the text.

New to the Third Edition

  • A reorganized chapter on communication disorders and the professions for greater flow of information (Chapter 1).
  • A NEW chapter on alternative and augmentative communication (Chapter 10).
  • Thoroughly updated chapters on audition (Chapters 12 and 13).
  • A PluralPlus companion website with PowerPoint lecture slides and a sample syllabi for instructors, as well as practice quizzes and additional web resources for students.

INTRO is beautifully illustrated and written in an engaging, yet straightforward approach, with an overview of the formative history, as well as current theories and research provided for each disorder. The sole authorship of the book ensures a uniform writing style, which is often missing from introductory texts. The book holds worldwide appeal and is written for an international audience. For some, this book may serve as a springboard for the pursuit of a career in audiology and speech-language pathology; nevertheless, every reader will acquire an appreciation of the gift of communication.

About The Author

Michael P. Robb, PhD, received his BS degree in speech pathology and audiology from Western Michigan University, and MS and PhD degrees in speech-language pathology from Syracuse University (New York). He has worked as a speech-language pathologist at the Meyer Children’s Rehabilitation Institute in Omaha, Nebraska (now known as the Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation). Since obtaining his PhD, he has held faculty posts at the University of Hawaii, the University of Connecticut, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and most recently at the Pennsylvania State University. His specialty is experimental phonetics, with particular interest in aspects of speech motor control related to early speech acquisition, stuttering, and English as a Second Language. Professor Robb has been an active researcher since 1985. Over his career, he has presented more than 100 conference papers and published over 100 refereed journal articles. He holds the Certificate of Clinical Competency in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and was recognised as an ASHA Fellow in 2009. He is a member of the New Zealand Speech-Language Therapists Association (NZSTA) and served on the NZSTA Executive Board. He is the editor-in-chief of the Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, which is the official publication of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics. Professor Robb has been recognized for his teaching excellence and has taught Intro throughout his career to students in the United States and New Zealand.

Table Of Contents

Foreword by John H. Saxman, PhD
Preface
Reviewers

Section 1. Background to Communication Sciences and Disorders

Chapter 1. Communication Disorders and the Professions
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Models of Communication
The Professions
A Brief History of the Professions
Educational Preparation
Professional Work Settings
Professional Code of Ethics
Cultural Considerations and Communication Disorders
The Professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References
Appendix 1–A. ASHA Code of Ethics (2016)

Chapter 2. Anatomy of Speech and Hearing
Objectives
Introduction
Speech Anatomy
The Process of Speech Production
Hearing Anatomy
The Process of Hearing
Historic Aspects of Anatomy and Physiology
Cultural Considerations in Anatomy and Physiology
Current Research in Speech and Hearing Anatomy and Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Section 2. Developmental Communication Disorders

Chapter 3. Child Language Disorders
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Language Development
Historic Aspects of Child Language Disorders
Types of Child Language Disorders
Current Theories Regarding Child Language Development and Disorders
Assessment of Child Language Disorders
Treatment of Child Language Disorders
Cultural Considerations and Child Language Disorders
Current Research in Child Language Disorders
Child Language Disorders on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 4. Child Phonological Disorders
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Child Phonological Disorders
Types of Phonological Disorders
Current Theories Regarding Child Phonological Disorders
Assessment of Child Phonological Disorders
Treatment of Child Phonological Disorders
Cultural Consideration and Child Phonological Disorders
Current Research in Child Phonological Disorders
Child Phonological Disorders on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 5. Fluency Disorders
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Fluency Disorders
Types of Fluency Disorders
Current Theories Regarding Stuttering
Assessment of Fluency Disorders
Treatment of Fluency Disorders
Cultural Considerations and Fluency Disorders
Current Research in Fluency Disorders
Fluency Disorders on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 6. Cleft Lip and Palate
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Cleft Lip and Palate
Disorders of Cleft Lip and Palate
Current Theories of Cleft Lip and Palate
Assessment of Cleft Lip and Palate
Treatment of Cleft Lip and Palate
Cultural Considerations and Cleft Lip and Palate
Current Research in Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft Lip and Palate on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Section 3. Acquired and Genetic Communication Disorders

Chapter 7. Voice Disorders
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Voice Disorders
Types of Voice Disorders
Current Theories of Voice Disorders
Assessment of Voice Disorders
Treatment of Voice Disorders
Cultural Considerations and Voice Disorders
Current Research in Voice Disorders
Voice Disorders on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 8. Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Types of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Current Theories Regarding Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Assessment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Cultural Considerations and Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Current Research in Neurogenic Communication Disorders
Neurogenic Communication Disorders on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 9. Dysphagia
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Dysphagia
Types of Dysphagia
Causes of Dysphagia
Assessment of Dysphagia
Treatment of Dysphagia
Cultural Considerations and Dysphagia
Current Research in Dysphagia
Dysphagia on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 10. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of AAC
Types of AAC
Assessment of AAC
Treatment of AAC
Cultural Considerations and AAC
Current Research in AAC
AAC on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 11. Genetics and Syndromes
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Genetics
Types of Syndromes
Assessment of Genetic Conditions
Treatment of Genetic Conditions
Cultural Considerations and Genetics
Current Research in Genetics
Genetics and Syndromes on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Section 4. Audition

Chapter 12. Hearing Disorders
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Hearing Disorders
Types of Hearing Disorders
Assessment of Hearing Disorders
Cultural Considerations and Hearing Disorders
Current Research in Hearing Disorders
Hearing Disorders on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Chapter 13. Auditory Rehabilitation
Objectives
Introduction
Terminology and Definitions
Historic Aspects of Aural Rehabilitation
Treatment Approaches: Hearing Rehabilitation
Treatment Approaches: Speech and Language Rehabilitation
Cultural Considerations and Aural Rehabilitation
Current Research in Aural Rehabilitation
Aural Rehabilitation on the World Wide Web
Study Questions
References

Glossary
Index

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