From Developmental Norms to Distance Metrics: Target Selection Factors and Criteria

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Book Summary: This one-of-a-kind resource presents a wide range of expert opinions about phonological disorders in children, allowing readers to understand and compare diverse approaches to assessment and intervention, choose the ones that will work best, and use their new knowledge to make decisions during clinical interventions. For each of the book's three sections—Assessment and Classification, Goal and Target Selection, and Intervention —the editors pose important "frequently asked questions" for each contributor to answer, such as

  • Which diagnostic classification system do you find useful?
  • How does your assessment differ for children of different ages, developmental levels, or linguistic backgrounds?
  • How do you integrate language goals with phonological goals?
  • What factors influence your selection of treatment goals and targets?
  • When should a child receive individual therapy as opposed to group therapy?
  • What do you do when your intervention plan is not working?

Through the theoretical insights and practical experience each contributor shares— and a helpful conclusion that comments on all the approaches discussed — readers will have the broad and balanced knowledge they need for informed clinical decision making. Speech-language pathologists, graduate students, audiologists, and educators will use this comprehensive, accessible resource to shape their practices and improve the lives of children with phonological disorders.

Phonological Disorders in Children is a part of the Communication and Language Intervention Series