Children without Language: From Dysphasia to Autism

Hardcover | August 30, 2005

byLaurent Danon-BoileauTranslated byJames Grieve

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Communication and language disorders are often considered from one particular point of view - either psychological or neurological. Danon-Boileau argues that this is a serious mistake. He emphasizes that a child's trouble can stem from a variety of causes: neurological problems similar tothose of aphasia, cognitive impairments, and psychological disorders, and, thus, the interaction of these elements needs to be taken into account. In precise case studies, Danon-Boileau describes the situations he has confronted and traces the causes of changes in the child when they happen.Combining linguistic, cognitive, and psycholanalytic approaches, Children without Language provides a unique perspective on speech and communication disorders in children and will be an essential volume for speech therapists, developmental psychologists, linguistics scholars and anyone wishing toreflect seriously on why we speak and how communication occurs.

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Communication and language disorders are often considered from one particular point of view - either psychological or neurological. Danon-Boileau argues that this is a serious mistake. He emphasizes that a child's trouble can stem from a variety of causes: neurological problems similar tothose of aphasia, cognitive impairments, and psy...

Laurent Danon-Boileau is at University of Paris. James Grieve is at Australian National University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:August 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195175026

ISBN - 13:9780195175028

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Contents Introduction: Ways to languagePART I. Which children are we talking about?Chapter I. Communication disorders and language disorders: rough definitionsChapter II. Communication disorder and its signsChapter III. Engagement with languagePART II. Principles of therapyChapter IV. Joint attentionChapter V. From communication to languagePART III. Some casesChapter VI. Ahlem, or painful transparencyChapter VII. Lanny, or the silence of the mad childChapter VIII. Louis, or shared monologueChapter IX. Simon and the magic dictationChapter X. Charles, or paradoxical communicationPART IV. Theoretical foundationsChapter XI. Language and symbolizationChapter XII. From sense to sound and vice versaChapter XIII. Cognitive implicationsChapter XIV. Why do some children not communicate?ConclusionEndnotesBibliographyGlossaryIndex

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