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Speech and Language Challenges

The Ultimate Teen Guide

Marlene Targ Brill

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
  • Voice Disorders
  • Language 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.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 244Size: 7 1/4 x 10 1/4
978-0-8108-8791-6 • Hardback • September 2014 • $45.00 • (£29.95)
978-0-8108-8792-3 • eBook • September 2014 • $42.00 • (£27.95)
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.
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
Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide is designed with the high school age student in mind who wants a broad overview of the emotional and physical issues that a teen may experience when faced with speech and language problems. . . .Teens who are experiencing speech and language problems and are looking for inspiration and help on how to cope with the challenges they bring will find this guide useful. The personal experiences shared in this book will appeal to this target audience and could be useful for students this age researching this topic.
American Reference Books Annual

Marlene Brill . . . [addresses] the wide variety of communication difficulties a teen may have . . . with her young adult . . . book Speech and Language Challenges: The Ultimate Teen Guide. The book provides the academic definition of each area while keeping the topic concise enough to maintain the attention of a teen. Brill’s book also offers additional resources (support groups, other books and websites), that expand the topic or offer a place to go for help. . . . Personal accounts from teens assure the young readers they are not alone. Additionally, stories relating the personal struggles of well-known young adults encourage readers to continue to think positively while experiencing the same struggle. . . .It’s pretty ambitious for an author to try to tackle all of this in one book, and Marlene Brill did an impressive job.
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