A detailed examination of how children with pathology ranging from autism
to asphasia find their way towards speech. The author emphasizes that a
child's trouble can stem from different causes: there are neurological
problems similar to those of aphasia; there are cognitive impairments; and,
of course, there are psychological disorders. Professor Danon-Boileau
argues that language disorders today are too often considered from one
particular point of view-sometimes psychological, sometimes neurological.
In order to understand the possible causes of, and solutions to, these
disorders, it is necessary to take into account the interaction of these
two elements. Those who have effectively worked with speechless children
know all too well that their pathology and behaviour do not necessarily fit
into general nosographic descriptive categories.
The originality of this book is that it gives a concrete and precise
narrative of six individual case studies and tries to draw general
conclusions from both a linguistic and a psychoanalytic point of view, thus
reflecting the wide-ranging expertise of the author. It will be essential
reading for professionals within the field of psychoanalysis and speech
therapy; academics and students in language acquisition, speech therapy,
and developmental psychology; as well as parents who are concerned with
their children's language development.