Language Disorders: A Functional Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Children

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Robert E. Owens, Jr.

Details: 759 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"
ISBN13: 978-1-63550-413-2
Publication Date: 4/11/2022


Thoroughly updated to meet the needs of today’s students in communication sciences and disorders programs, Language Disorders: A Functional Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Children, Seventh Edition is a comprehensive overview of language disorders and clinical practice with a focus on the child’s overall communication effectiveness. Unlike other texts that have a disorder-specific focus, this book emphasizes a functional and holistic approach to assessment and intervention by shifting the perspective to how a child uses the language feature targeted and how assessment can consider language as it’s used. The author presents intervention methods in a system of least prompts, followed by information on each area of language and literacy. Generalization is foremost throughout the text.

Known for writing numerous bestselling textbooks related to speech-language pathology, the author approaches this complex subject in a practical matter while maintaining a conversational writing style that resonates with students.


Key Features

  •  Each chapter begins with a case example
  •  Information on children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds is woven into each chapter
  • “Food for Thought” boxes invite students to move beyond the text and consider the implications for assessment and intervention of the material
  •  Key terms are highlighted throughout and included in a handy glossary
  •  Numerous tables provide easy reference on the many techniques and norms
  • Multiple appendices include additional practical information 


New to the Seventh Edition

  • New and improved modern layout with color enhancements
  •  600+ new references highlighting the latest theoretical and evidence-based practices
  •  Greater focus on discussions of assessment of children with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds 
  •  New section on developmental language disorders (DLD), with new and more inclusive terms 
  •  Increased emphasis on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
  •  The chapters on language and narrative analysis have been strengthened and consolidated into one
  •  Increased number of figures and tables


PluralPlus online ancillary materials: 

  • For Instructors: PowerPoint Lecture Slides, Test Bank, and a Sample Syllabus
  • For Students: Practice Quizzes and eFlashcards


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