Communication disorders

From assessment to treatment

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 17x24cm

Pages: 370

ISBN: 978-88-590-0697-8

Publication date: 01/11/2014


Communication disorders, which can manifest in various different ways, in isolation or comorbidity, constitute a wide and complex spectrum of difficulties, including socio-communicative disorders, semantic disorders, pragmatic disorders and last but not least, communication disorders typical of autism.

By tackling communication disorders in light of the new DSM-5® classifications, and reviewing knowledge acquired both at a national and international level and the latest progress in research, the authors provide a detailed framework of the most effective assessment and treatment models.

The book, with its neuropsychological, multidisciplinary approach, based on scientific evidence and intervention experiences, represents an important contribution to awareness of these disorders and their essential characteristics.

Presentation of the «Speech therapy in childhood and adolescence» series (Luigi Marotta and Tiziana Rossetto)

Preface (Luigi Marotta)

Introduction. Communication and language: an overview of structures and processes (Andrea Marini)

Part one Knowledge
CHAP. 1 Pragmatism and socio-communicative competences in childhood and adolescence (Giovanni Valeri)
CHAP. 2 Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder: nosographic models and clinical implications (Giovanni Valeri)
CHAP. 3 Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder: somewhere between genial ideas and compromise solutions (Simone Cuva)

PART TWO From assessment to treatment
CHAP. 4 Recommendations and international and Italian guidelines for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and for Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders (SPCD) (Roberta Bizzarri and Claudio Paloscia)
CHAP. 5 Assessing communication disorders (Alessandra Amendola and Luigi Marotta)
CHAP. 6 Intervention models for Social Pragmatic Communication Disorders (Roberta Bizzarri and Laura Casula)
CHAP. 7 The SCERTS model (Laura Casula and Roberta Bizzarri)
CHAP. 8 The PRT: Pivotal Response Training intervention model (Alessandro Frolli, Massimiliano Conson, Marco De Caris, Raffaella Faggioli, Emilia Monaco and Nunzia Vecchione)
CHAP. 9 The AAC intervention model: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Claudia Ronchetti)

PART THREE Clinical experiences
CHAP. 10 Assessment and therapeutic group intervention in social pragmatic communication disorders  (Norma Urbinati and Alessandra Amendola)
CHAP. 11 Therapeutic individual intervention in pragmatic language disorders (Monja Tait)
CHAP. 12 Therapy mediated by parents in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Carmen Napolitano, Franca Carzedda, Giovanna Piagione, Giorgio Pireddu and Claudia Torre)
CHAP. 13 Augmentative and Alternative Communication in complex communication disorders
(Fabio Quarin and Erika Massaccesi)
CHAP. 14 Facilitating integration for children with communication disorders. The Aita Summer Camp model (Luigi Mazzone, Lavinia De Peppo and Laura Maria Fatta)

The "Speech Therapy in childhood and adolescence" series

Edited by Luigi Marotta, in collaboration with the FLI – Federation of Italian Speech Therapists

A series for disseminating knowledge on interventions in developmental disorders using an evidence-based scientific approach.

It targets speech therapists but in actual fact is of interest to all those who work in rehabilitation, due to its inter-disciplinary spirit and multiprofessional approach.


The series, in light of cultural changes introduced by EBM, aims to include contributions from those who, through training and experience, are involved on a daily basis in speech therapy interventions in developmental disorders, as part of an inter-disciplinary team caring for these children. The intent is to offer a panorama of rehabilitation proposals for different development profiles, together with a general overview of the various problems, offering new insights or conceptual redefinitions, consolidated approaches or more original initiatives, supported by recognised, plausible models of theoretical reference.

All the books are characterised by an attempt to combine deliberation and enthusiasm, giving space both to contributions from leading clinicians who have been working in the field of developmental disorders for years and from young professionals who are passionately and enthusiastically building their own experiences.

The books are extremely practical in nature, with a presentation of diagnostic criteria, agreed assessment protocols, intervention techniques and clinical cases.

The approach is based on the «biopsychosocial» model, with close attention paid to the child as a person, and to the environment where they live, as well as to neuropsychological correlations.

The series «Speech therapy in childhood and adolescence» is and always will be open to contributions from all those who work with children and adolescents, as the composition of the Scientific Board proves, numbering, in addition to speech therapists of long-standing experience, up and coming young professionals and experts from other disciplines such as psychologists, child neuropsychiatrists, nose, ear and throat specialists and pedagogists.



Rehabilitation programmes

Rehabilitation intervention manuals, which are extremely practical in nature and always evidence based.


Over the last few years speech therapists' areas of interest within the field of developmental disorders have multiplied and changed, requiring ever more specialised competences. What is more, the number of children born in disadvantageous conditions is still high. These children manifest pathologies which can alter cognitive and neuropsychological development and can no longer simply be classified as what was once known as «cognitive deficit» (even mental retardation) or «language deficit» or «reading and writing disorder» etc. 

Instead these children manifest complex, differing pathologies, although in many cases with comorbidity among them: pathologies which go from specific language or learning disorders to memory and attention disorders, from the effects of connatal or acquired brain lesions, to those of other pathologies, like for example epilepsy or infections from HIV or from treatment with certain medicines.

So what are the best intervention practices, what assessment criteria for appropriacy, efficiency and effectiveness should be used and how should outcomes be measured? The terms appropriacy, good practice, effectiveness indicators, multiprofessional team and so on, are all used on a daily basis by rehabilitators, often mainly to make us feel better and demonstrate our ability to recognise the transformations that the Italian Health System has undergone in the last ten years.


Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) has revolutionised the scientific world, as much in practice as in theory. From self-referential medicine, based on the experience and trends of the luminaries, we have moved over to science where proof and scientific evidence count.

A revolution which certainly happened for economic reasons as well, but one that has profoundly changed both principles and tendencies in the complex world of rehabilitation. EBM is, in fact, a cultural movement which quickly spread at an international level, due to the many phenomena which marked the evolution of the methodology of clinical research and scientific information. One of its main objectives was to question the dogmas dictated by traditional models of medicine, liberating health workers from the authority of the opinion leaders, as was once the custom, and offering them the chance to independently and critically assess the quality and validity of their own clinical choices, using experimental and bibliographical data to decide.