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Articulation and Phonological Disorders: Speech Sound Disorders in Children, 8th Edition

By John E. Bernthal, Nicholas W. Bankson, Peter Flipsen
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For courses in Speech Sound Disorders (i.e., Articulation and Phonological Disorders).


Long renowned for providing the most up-to-date, extensive coverage of the clinical literature in the area of speech sound disorders available, this leading resource has earned its status as a classic in the field and its rightful place on every speech, language, and hearing clinician’s bookshelf. Readers get an introduction to the normal aspects of speech sound articulation, normal speech sound acquisition, classification and factors related to the presence of speech sound disorders, the assessment and remediation of speech sound disorders, and phonology as it relates to language and dialectal variations.


Rather than prescribing a single approach to speech sound disorders, the authors present a range of perspectives on the nature, assessment and treatment of these disorders. The book is primarily concerned with those disorders not etiologically associated with known or obvious sensory, structural or neuromotor deficits. Among the changes and updates to the 8th Edition are an expanded focus on evidence-based practice, the reorganisation of several chapters, and an updated discussion of childhood apraxia of speech.


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Table of contents
  • 1 Introduction to the Study of Speech Sound Disorders
  • 2 Normal Aspects of Articulation
  • 3 Speech Sound Acquisition  
  • 4 Factors Related to Speech Sound Disorders
  • 5 Classification and Comorbidity in Speech Sound Disorders  
  • 6 Assessment: Data Collection  
  • 7 Assessment: Decision Making 
  • 8 The Basics of Remediation and Evidence-Based Practice 
  • 9 Motor-Based Treatment Approaches   
  • 10 Linguistically Based Treatment Approaches 
  • 11 Language and Dialectal Variations
  • 12 Phonological Awareness: Description, Assessment, and Intervention
  • Appendix A: Procedures for Teaching Sounds
  • Appendix B: Activities for Facilitating Phonemic Awareness in School-Aged Children
  • Appendix C: Accent Modification
  • References
  • Index
Features & benefits
  • This resource is long recognised for providing the most current information and research related to clinical practice in the area of speech sound disorders.
    • This edition highlights the latest research in speech sound disorders to ensure students have the most up-to-date information and knowledge based on evidence.
    • A new section on accent reduction highlights this emerging aspect of the field and adds to the limited information current available on the topic
  • Students get information on a wide range of approaches, assessments, and treatments.
    • Important information related to causality and comorbidity relationships regarding speech sound disorders provides students with a broad perspective
    • An updated discussion of childhood apraxia of speech includes the latest information on assessment and treatment
    • Added discussion of more treatment approaches expands the options available for clinical practice
    • Expanded focus on Evidence-Based Practice, required for best practices.
  • A thorough presentation of speech sound acquisition provides essential information for understanding and communicating the presence of a speech sound disorder
  • Important topical areas related to speech sound disorders including language and dialectal variations, phonological awareness, and normal speech sound production processes are covered
  • An expanded introduction with an historical focus provides perspective on where clinical phonology has evolved
Author biography

Dr. John Bernthal is Professor Emeritus of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln.  He has been a speech-language pathologist for over 40 years including employment in the public school, at several universities, and professor and Department Chair for over 30 years. He conducted research, taught and published in the area of speech sounds disorders. He is a past president of the American Speech Language Hearing Association, an ASHA fellow, and recipient of Honors of the Association.


Dr. Nicholas Bankson is a Professor Emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders at James Madison University. He has had a 40-year career as a speech-language pathologist, including employment in the public schools, serving as the state supervisor of school programs in Kansas, plus 27 years as a department chair in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Boston University and James Madison University. His scholarly efforts have focused on speech sound disorders and assessment of language disorders in children. He is an ASHA Fellow, and is the recipient of the Honors of ASHA.


Dr. Peter Flipsen Jr. is a Professor of Speech-Language Pathology at Pacific University. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field as a clinician, teacher, and researcher. He teaches courses in phonetics and speech sound disorders in children and has published more than 25 peer-reviewed journal articles in the field. His research has focused on classification of speech sound disorders, measurement of intelligibility of speech, and speech and language development in children with cochlear implants.