Reviewer: Gidget R. Brown, MS, CCC-SLP(University of South Alabama)
Description: This book describes a treatment approach for working with children with selective mutism and other language delays or disorders such as language learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, or learning English as a second language. The program provides lesson plans corresponding to 25 popular children's stories that are designed to expand receptive and expressive language skills through reading. The program consists of five levels of communication to accommodate children from nonvocal stages through spontaneous vocalization. A companion website provides links to video recordings of the stories.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide instruction for implementing a story-based program for expanding expressive language formulation for children with selective mutism, autism, social communication disorders, and other language delays. It is also helpful for children who are English language learners. This authors' objective is clear and valuable. The material this book covers is useful and needed, particularly for speech-language pathologists.
Audience: The audience is speech-language pathologists, teachers, psychologists, parents, and others working with children with selective mutism and other language delays or disorders. Indeed the lesson plans are written in such a way to be beneficial to all target users. The authors include speech-language pathologists, a psychologist, and a physician who all specialize in selective mutism. They have all worked clinically and conducted research related to selective mutism.
Features: Not only does this book provide 25 story lesson plans, it also explains the hierarchy of progression through the five levels of communication to accommodate children from nonvocal stages through spontaneous vocalization. Although the children's stories are not provided, links are provided to video recordings of the stories. There are also optional picture cards that can be used in the lessons as well as progress monitoring/scoring sheets.
Assessment: This could be a valuable addition to the speech-language pathologist's treatment bag. It provides great lesson plans and thorough instructions for use. The program can be used as-is or adapted to the individual needs of students.