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Brain-Based Communication Disorders

Leonard L. LaPointe, Bruce E. Murdoch, Julie A. G. Stierwalt
265 pages, Color Illustrations (4 Color), Hardcover, 7 x 10"
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Brain-Based Communication Disorders introduces the reader to the major clinically recognized types of acquired speech/language, cognitive, and swallowing disorders encountered by clinicians working with child and adult neurological cases. The text provides contemporary and state-of-the-art content on these disorders in terms of their neuropathological bases, clinical symptomatology, and prognosis. Basic anatomy and physiology of human communication and swallowing is introduced, as well as the neural mechanisms controlling speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing functions.

In addition to the traditional acquired speech/language disorders of the nervous system (aphasia; neuromotor speech disorders) content including communication impairments caused by traumatic brain injury, multisystem blast injuries, and degenerative disorders of the nervous system is also provided. The reader is also introduced to the principles that govern the assessment and treatment for both pediatric and adult populations. No other book on the market provides a first year level coverage of the range of acquired neurological speech/language disorders like Brain-Based Communication Disorders. Relevant video clips supplement the text with real world illustrations. This book offers updated clinical management information useful for both the clinician in training and experienced practicing clinicians.

  • The Neurological Basis of Speech and Language
  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech Mechanism
  • Neurological Causes of Communication Disorders
  • Aphasia
  • Nonfocal Brain Damage: Communication Disorders and a World of Other Problems
  • Right Hemisphere Syndrome
  • Acquired Aphasia in Childhood
  • Motor Speech Disorders in Adults: Dysarthrias and Apraxia of Speech
  • Motor Speech Disorders in Childhood
  • Acquired Neurologic Swallowing Disorders in Children and Adults
  • Principles of Assessment of Child and Adult Neurologic Speech-Language Disorders
  • Principles of Treatment for Neurologic Communication Disorders
  • Index

DVD contents:

  • Chapter 4- Aphasia
  • Chapter 5- Age and Non-Focal Brain Damage
  • Chapter 8- Motor Speech Disorders v
  • Chpater 9- Moebius Syndrome
  • Chapter 10- Videofluroscopy

About The Authors

Leonard L. LaPointe

Leonard L. LaPointe, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado. He is a Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor of Communication Science and Disorders at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Dr. LaPointe has served invited visiting professorships in Australia, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, and also lectures worldwide.

Bruce E. Murdoch

Bruce Murdoch

Julie A. G. Stierwalt

Julie A. G. Stierwalt, PhD, Department of Communication Disorders, Florida State University, Research Faculty, TMH-FSU Neurolinguistic and Neurocognitive Research Center, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Tallahassee, Florida.

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