More than three million people in the United States stutter. In excess of a million students from ages 3-21 receive school services for speech and language problems. Another five million Americans live with a disability from brain injury, which usually includes communication difficulties. Half a million teens in the U.S. between 14 and 17 speak a language other than English at home and have difficulty communicating in English at school. These numbers continue to grow, and more students are accessing speech and language assistance every year.
In Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Marlene Targ Brill addresses the various speech issues that affect all people, but specifically focuses on the concerns of young adults. Brill looks at not just the how and whys of each issue, but how to cope with them. The author first explains how normal speech and language develops, then discusses issues that occur as a result of physical limitations, brain processing impairment, or language barriers. The chapters in this book offer insights into:
·Stuttering and Other Fluency Challenges
·Speech Sound Disorders
·Brain Injury and Communication
·English as a New or Different Language
Additional chapters explore technological advances that help young adults communicate better, public speaking tips, and suggestions for handling everyday social and family situations. Drawing on interviews with teens, first-hand accounts, and quotes from experts, Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide also includes a list of resources, making it a valuable tool for young adults and their families.
About the Author
Marlene Targ Brill, a former special educator, is an award-winning author of more than 60 books by various publishers including Children’s Press and Barron’s. Many of her titles have been for teens and young adults, including books about diabetes, asthma, and Tourette syndrome.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Let’s Talk Speech and Language
1. The Amazing Story of Communication
2. When Words Won’t Flow: Stuttering and Other Fluency Challenges
3. Mixed-Up Sounds and Words: Speech Sound Disorders
4. When the Voice Goes Haywire: Voice Disorders
5. When the Brain Hears and Processes Information Differently: Language Disorders
6. Cars, Guns, Sports, and the Unexpected: Brain Injury and Communication
7. When English Sounds New or Different
8. Technology as a Communication Game Changer
9. Looking Ahead: Boosting Communication Skills All Around
About the Author