The book uses a lifespan approach to consider communication skills from childhood, to adolescence and adulthood. Typical acquisition is described throughout the book and many chapters provide tables of typical milestones or developmental sequences. Readers are provided with descriptions of difficulties people may have acquiring speech, language, and literacy skills, and strategies are provided for educators, speech pathologists and linguists to support speech, language, and literacy.
The inclusion of case studies is a key feature of this book, used to demonstrate the development and use of speech, language, and literacy by different people in different contexts. The book comes with access to 10 video case studies, which the chapter authors draw on to demonstrate features of speech, language, and literacy. In addition, authors draw on their professional practice to describe other cases that are illustrative of the chapter content and its real-world application.
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