Handbook of Genetic Communicative Disorders

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Many professionals in the communicative sciences are relative newcomers to the understanding of genetics as it applies to communicative disorders. A speech-language clinician certainly can diagnose and treat stuttering, for example, but that clinician may not be fully aware of the role of a genetic counselor for the family of a stutterer. An audiologist may be able to assess a hearing impairment, but an understanding of the underlying genetics of that impairment would make that person a better audiologist. The medical geneticist, similarly, could have an inadequate appreciation of how our genes may affect language function. All of these professionals need a source that brings together essential ideas from related disciplines.
This is a book about human communication, both normal and disordered, and how our communication abilities are affected by our genes. Many, probably most, communicative disorders are of genetic origin, even if not exclusively genetic. A knowledge of genetics, therefore, is essential to our understanding of communication, of communicative disorders, of how such disorders come about, and of how to deal with them.
This is the only book to consider the genetics of communicative disorders from a broad perspective. It examines genetics, embryology, and epidemiology, along with study of the hearing, speech, and language disorders themselves. It also introduces review of issues relevant to genetic counseling and ethics. It is a unique and comprehensive work whose contributors are the leading experts in their respective disciplines.

* Only book available to consider all communicative disorders
* Unparalleled scrutiny of the sciences basic to the genetics of communicative disorders
* Specific attention paid to clinical and ethical issues

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"Without a doubt, the single area in which practicing clinicians lack current and clinically relevant training and information is genetics, and more specifically the role of genetics in communicative disorders. Over the past 15 years, I have noted this to be the case in my interactions with audiences throughout the United States and around the world. The question I regularly receive from practicing clinicians is 'Can you help me find a readable book on genetics, one that contains information that I can put into practice right away?' Up to this time, there was no single source I could refer them to. You now hold the answer in your hands. Clinically relevant, empirically sound, and eminently readable is how I would describe the information contained in the Handbook of Genetic Communicative Disorders."
—Louis Rossetti, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh

Handbook of Genetic Communicative Disordersis the only book to consider the genetics of communicative disorders from a broad perspective. It examines genetics, embryology, and epidemiology, along with the study of hearing, speech, and language disorders. It also introduces a review of issues relevant to genetic counseling and ethics. It is a unique and comprehensive work edited by a master clinician and filled with articles written by contributors who are the leading experts in their respective disciplines.

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Dr. Sanford E. Gerberis an adjunct professor of speech and hearing sciences at Washington State University, Pullman. He is also an emeritus professor of speech and hearing sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a former visiting professor in the department of communication disorders at Eastern Washington University, Cheney. Dr. Gerber has received a variety of awards over the years, most notably, a diploma "honoris causa" from the Bohemian Medical Association J.E. Purkyne, and he is a correspondiente extranjeroof the Mexican Society of Audiology and Phoniatrics. Dr. Gerber is the author or editor of 13 books and more than 150 journal articles, most of them dealing with communication in the very youngest people. He has lectured in numerous countries, among them The Netherlands, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Ecuador.

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Dr. Sanford E. Gerber a is visiting professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Eastern Washington University. He is also an adjunct professor of speech and hearing sciences at Washington State University and an emeritus professor of speech and hearing sciences at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Gerber is the author or editor of 13 books and more than 150 journal articles, most of them dealing with communication in the very youngest people. He has lectured in numerous countries, among them The Netherlands, England, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Ecuador.

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