International Review of Research in Mental Retardation

Language and Communication in Mental Retardation

Edited by

  • Leonard Abbeduto, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

Series Editor:

  • Laraine Glidden, St. Mary's College of Maryland, USA

Language and communication problems have long figured prominently in the definition of mental retardation. Volume 27 of the International Review of Research in Mental Retardation focuses exclusively on these language and communication issues. The pace of research on language learning and use in mental retardation has increased in recent years and taken new direction. This revitalization has been fueled by three factors: 1) advances in genetic technologies allowing investigation of the behavioral phenotypes of well-defined syndromes, 2) an increased emphasis on maximizing abilities of individuals with mental retardation to live and succeed in a broader range of contexts and settings, and 3) theoretical debates concerning the mechanisms of language development and the nature of the human mind. Contents in Language and Communication in Mental Retardation include syndromes (e.g., Down syndrome, Williams syndrome), domains of language skill (e.g., reading), and intervention strategies.
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Academic researchers in developmental and cognitive psychology, as well as neuropsychology.


Book information

  • Published: October 2003
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-366227-9


Praise for the Series "This book is highly detailed and heavily referenced." --BIOSIS "Belongs on the shelves of every serious student and researcher whose focal interest is the retarded." --JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY "Practically every article is of interest for psychologists who are involved with mental retardation." --CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

Table of Contents

R.S. Chapman, Language and Communication in Individuals with Down Syndrome.C. Mervis, M.L. Rowe, A.M. Becerra, and B.P. Klein-Tasman, Language Abilities of Individuals with Williams Syndrome.L. Abbeduto and M.M. Pavetto, Language and Communication in Fragile X Syndrome: Within-Syndrome Commonalities and Differences.T.E. Coggins, L.B. Olswang, H.C. Olson, and G.R. Timler, On Becoming Socially Competent Communicators: The Challenge for Children with Fetal Alcohol Exposure.E.C. Merrill, R. Lookadoo, and S. Rilea, Memory, Language Comprehension, and Mental Retardation.F.A. Conners, Reading Skills and Cognitive Abilities of Individuals with Mental Retardation.N. Brady, Language Interventions for Children with Mental Retardation.