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September 1971

Pediatrician's Handbook of Communication Disorders.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1971;94(3):285-286. doi:10.1001/archotol.1971.00770070279023

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Produced by a pediatrician, an audiologist, and a speech pathologist, this volume is directed to the children's physician who has to deal with disorders in the development of hearing, speech, and language. The authors also recommend use of the handbook by parents and other professionals concerned with child development and related disciplines.

Throughout the handbook, it is emphasized that "hearing, speech and language are not separate entities, one from another, or from any other aspect of the development of the child." Also, it is emphasized that the pediatrician must play a key role in prevention, identification, and treatment of communication disorders, since it is the pediatrician who has professional contact with the child.

The handbook considers communication as a complex of five processes (though six are mentioned); audition, respiration, phonation, resonation, articulation, and symbolization. This schema puts most emphasis on sound production and does not elaborate sufficiently the areas involved

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