Striving for Practical Good: Moving Theory Into Practice

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1312–1313. Reviews the book, Enhancing Children's Communication: Research Foundations for Intervention edited by Ann P. Kaiser and David B. Gray (see record 1992-98852-000). This excellent edited volume, the second in the “Communication and Language Intervention” series, is based on presentations made at the 1990 Conference in Early Language Development and Language Intervention. The specific aim of that conference was to wed the most current basic research on children's social communication to practical intervention with language-delayed and language-disordered children. Potential readers should be aware that the scope of the volume is more limited than its title suggests. The focus is clearly on language, as opposed to speech disorders. Furthermore, although some generalization of techniques is possible, the interventions are largely targeted at moderately-to-severely retarded and autistic children, not those who are more mildly disabled or normally progressing. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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