This book contains contributions from eminent clinicians and researchers in the field of language impairment, and crosses the bridge between children and adults. It reflects the developments that have taken place in Speech and Language Therapy over the past 10 years and focuses on issues in SLT that have recently come into ascendancy. These include: personal and social consequences of language disability, and how to measure these; the evidence base for speech and language therapy interventions; language processing and the interplay between language and cognition; and the degree to which impairments in one affect the other. There is a growing concern about the needs of adolescents who have language difficulties - a group who, by their age, development and experience straddle the child/adult divide. It extends the themes by looking at future implications and sets out the challenges ahead for the speech and language therapy profession.
Dr Victoria Joffe, Senior Lecturer in developmental speech, language and communication impairment, City University, London, UK. She also works with language impairment in the secondary school context, collaborative practice and phonological disorders. Dr Joffe is the book reviews editor for the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders.
Dr Madeline Cruice, Senior Lecturer at the department of language and communication sciences, City University, London, UK.
Professor Shula Chiat, department of language and communication sciences, City University, London, UK.