In this book, Deidre Martin and Carol Miller aim to discuss in some detail the range of speech and language difficulties which children may experience in the classroom and to offer the practitioner an educational perspective on these difficulties. They also discuss the speech and language difficulties from other perspectives, namely medical, linguistic and psycholinguistic and their various approaches to understanding these difficulties.
They believe that the educational perspective is the one likely to be the most useful to those who are involved in the teaching and learning of pupils with speech and language difficulties, as well as their parents and other associated professionals.
The book opens with two chapters setting out terms, concepts and perspectives on speech and language. Subsequent chapters deal with a range of speech and language difficulties which are usually recognised and identified in the classroom. There is a chapter on literacy as difficulties in reading, writing and spelling are closely rooted in language processing.
This second edition reflects some of the changes in Government Policies and also research since the first edition was published in 2001, for example, greater emphasis on inclusion and the need for practitioners to be well informed. In this edition a greater emphasis is placed on ‘needs’ rather than ‘difficulties’ implying now that those needs can be addressed.
As well as updating references and information the authors have included more on issues of assessment and intervention and on emotion and behaviour as these are closely related to communication.