This cutting edge, interdisciplinary volume, Developmental Language Disorders: From Phenotypes to Etiologies, is the product of an ongoing research conference sponsored by the Merrill Advanced Studies Center of the University of Kansas. Edited by Mabel Rice and Steve Warren, the book addresses the important advances in our understanding of inherited and environmental components of language disorders in children, including significant research in behavioral phenotypes, associated neural processes, and the genetics of language disorders. Further breakthroughs, however, are limited by the fragmented manner in which findings in the scientific literature are disseminated across the partitions of diagnostic categories of affectedness. The mission to understand causes of shared variance across behavioral phenotypes can only be accomplished by means of a framework that explores the interface of genetics, brain, and the environment using the multiple prisms of neuroscience, linguistics, psychology, medicine, and communication disorders. The content of this book provides that necessary interdisciplinary framework.
The chapter authors are scholars with active research programs funded by the National Institutes of Health involving diverse clinical groups of children with language impairments such as Down’s Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, fragile X, Specific Language Impairment, and autism. In addition to comparative chapters of the clinical aspects of these impairments, there are chapters devoted to methodological issues, as well as, chapters on the role of intervention. The volume concludes with a final chapter that discusses future directions for research.
Developmental Language Disorders: From Phenotypes to Etiologies will be an invaluable resource for researchers and doctoral programs in cognitive neuroscience, linguistics, communication disorders, psychology, and genetics.
ABOUT THE EDITORS
Mabel L. Rice, Ph.D., an international authority on child language disorders and the genetics of language acquisition, is best known for her research on the morphosyntax of children with Specific Language Impairment. At the University of Kansas, Dr. Rice holds an endowed chair in advanced studies and teaches in the Child Language Doctoral Program and in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing. For 20 years, NIH has continuously funded her for peer-reviewed programmatic research. Recently awarded a core grant by the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders at NIH, she established the Center for Biobehavioral Neurosciences in Communication Disorders at the University of Kansas.
Steven F. Warren, Ph.D., directs both the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies and the Kansas Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. He is also a Professor of Human Development and Family Life. Prior to coming to the University of Kansas in 1999, Dr. Warren served as Deputy Director and Professor of Special Education at the John F. Kennedy Center for Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Warren is internationally recognized for his contributions to understanding language development in children and for his leadership in the field of developmental disabilities.