Diagnostic criteria of the DSM IV are discussed; alternative definitions and the proposed changes in DSM V and their implications are reviewed. The varied ways the language impaired child with a comorbid disorder comes to the attention of clinicians are described. This book provides the reader with an easy to follow plan on how to conduct the assessment with the child and parents, and the steps to take in initiating treatment - when to begin treatment focused on the language delays or, alternatively, when to focus on the comorbid conditions. The book is filled with many clinical pearls and examples of the way language impairment impacts on the child's symptom picture and influences treatment. Unique to this book are the recommended modifications to empirically validated treatments for language impaired children with comorbid anxiety or disruptive behavior disorders. Anyone who works with children and adolescents will benefit from this book.
Dr. Joseph Beitchman is a clinician and therapist who has been working with children and adolescents with language delays for more than 30 years. He has written extensively on language impairment and its relation to psychiatric disorders, including learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto where he teaches and does his research. Dr. Elizabeth Brownlie is a developmental psychologist who works in the area of child, youth, and emerging adult development. Her research focuses on the role of gender, language/learning, and other determinants of health on mental health and wellbeing. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.
Content + Structure The contents of each volume are structured as follows: Description: - Terminology - Definition - Epidemiology - Course and Prognosis - Differential Diagnosis - Comorbidities - Diagnostic Procedures and Documentation Theories and Models of the Disorder Diagnosis and Treatment Indications Treatment: - Methods of Treatment - Mechanisms of Action - Efficacy and Prognosis - Variations and Combinations of Methods - Problems in Carrying out the Treatments Case Vignette; Further Reading; References