- Series: NTC Self-Help
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (August 13, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071482458
- ISBN-13: 978-0071482455
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #769,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Parent’s Guide to Speech and Language Problems (NTC Self-Help) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Debbie Feit is the mother of two children with speech disorders. A professional writer for 15 years, she is a regular contributor to Parents magazine and has written for Child, Good Housekeeping, and other national magazines. She is founder of ourspecialkids.com, a website for parents of kids with special needs.
Heidi Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., is a leading expert in child development and language disorders. She is an endowed professor of developmental-behavioral pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have been on this road for a while now and still learned from this book. I cannot recommend it enough. It should be selling for twice the price (and I'd still buy it!).
HOWEVER, it's pretty "gloom and doom"- there is not a whole lot of positivity re: the outcome of language disorders. Perhaps the author is just being honest, but if you're expecting to read about how children with these disorders prevail against all odds, this isn't the book for you to read. Then again, maybe our kids with language disorders are indeed for the long haul after all. My son is only 3, so we're really just starting out and who knows- maybe we'll delaing with this rest of his life, or maybe not? I hope not!!!!
Another part of the book that bothered me was the the idea that parents of higher socio-economic status spend more time talking to their children and therefore their children tend to have fewer problems with language. I am a stay at home mother, by no means wealthy, but well off enough to not be considered socio-economically challenged and I have spoken to my child and spent tons of time with him, taken him to speech therapy by 18 months of age, etc and he STILL clearly has some language issues! Meanwhile, there are kids whose parents hardly pay attention to them at all and they develop language JUST FINE.
I believe it's all in the way the child's brain is wired and I found it insulting that it was suggested that I did not "talk" to my child as much as I should have when he was an infant, or spent enough time with him, therefore causing his speech problems, because that's simply not true. He just is not developing language typically and it has nothing to do with me, as his mother. I take offense to any author of any book who claims otherwise. There are other books that suggest the same theory and it really chaps my hide when I read it!
Because it's written from a parent's perspective, it "feels" friendly. But
it's also chock-full of useful information and support--especially for
parents just beginning the apraxia journey.
Co-Organizer, N. CA Apraxia Support Group