'Clinical Linguistics by Louise Cummings is a monumental undertaking.
Cummings covers the discipline, from child language and speech disorders to
failed communication in adulthood. Further, she covers each of the
disorders comprehensively, from its biology and its medical features to its
epidemiology; from assessment to treatment. And it is all done with a sound
and disciplined scholarship. This almost encyclopedic text is even-handed
and fair, focusing on the disorders and the individuals who have them,
rather than on professional opinions concerning effective treatment. It is
truly breathtaking, in scope and in consistency of purpose. I really can't
think of anything like it.'
-Audrey L. Holland, Regents’ Professor Emerita, University of Arizona.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists estimates that 2.5
million people in the UK have a communication disorder. Of this number,
some 800,000 people have a disorder that is so severe that it is hard for
anyone outside their immediate families to understand them. In Clinical
Linguistics, Louise Cummings examines the various developmental and
acquired communication disorders that constitute these large and growing
figures. In chapters that are dedicated to the discussion of individual
communication disorders, Cummings argues that no treatment of this area can
reasonably neglect an examination of the prevalence and causes of
communication disorders. The assessment and treatment of these disorders by
speech and language therapists are discussed at length. This book contains
up-to-date research into communication disorders and describes the various
technological innovations that are integral to the work of speech and
language therapists. Clinical Linguistics is appropriate reading for
students, practitioners and researchers in speech-language pathology and
related clinical and academic disciplines. It contains the following
chapters: The Scope of Clinical Linguistics; Disorders of the Pre- and
Perinatal Period; Disorders of Cognitive Development; Disorders of Speech
and Language Development; Acquired Communication and Swallowing Disorders;
Disorders of Fluency; Disorders of Voice.
Clinical Linguistics is available in North America from Columbia University