by Robert J. Shprintzen, Karen J. Golding-Kushner
With an estimated human population prevalence of 1:2000, Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS) is the second-most common multiple anomaly syndrome in humans and almost all children with the syndrome have speech and language impairments that are generally recognized to be complex and difficult to treat. However, the authors of this new book contend that treatment techniques are not at all complex and perceived problem arise from a basic lack of understanding, and lack of education in graduate courses. To demonstrate and to provide clinicians with expert guidance, they have produced here a comprehensive combination of text and video demonstrating the clinical features of Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS); the communication phenotype in VCFS; the natural history of speech and language in VCFS; diagnostic procedures necessary for assessing speech and language disorders in VCFS; the treatment of speech and language impairment in VCFS; and outcomes, demonstrated by video on an accompanying DVD.
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