A 3-D View of Language Development and Disorders

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(5), 367–369. Reviews the books, Language Development and Language Disorders by Lois Bloom and Margaret Lahey (1978); Readings in Language Development edited by Lois Bloom (1978); and Readings in Childhood Language Disorders edited by Margaret Lahey (1978). Bloom and Lahey's text is divided into six parts. In the first section, the authors present and elaborate upon their definition of language. The second part summarizes the current state of knowledge. Part three covers deviant language development, offering a theoretical base and related approaches to identification and assessment of language disorders in children. Part 4 covers goals of language learning. Part five reviews the two most common approaches to language disorders in children. The sixth section is devoted to discussion of broad general considerations that range from possible complicating factors affecting the child's development (like hearing loss) to aspects of learning that cut across the content form-use components. The accompanying books of readings more or less parallel the organization of the text and provide for the reader or student the most significant examples of the research findings and theoretical discussions that have influenced the current state of knowledge about language development and disorders. The great value of these collections is their convenience, although the editors do provide helpful introductory comments to each section to guide the reader. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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