Communication Sciences and Disorders: An Introduction, introduces students to the field in a clear and succinct manner that allows access to the most current theories, research, and practices through rich examples and anecdotes. It employs a clinical case-based, life-span approach with special attention given to: The application of knowledge, skills, and concepts through comprehensive case studies that include evaluation and treatment plans and multi-media samples. The ecological impact of communication disorders at home, school, work, and community, with an emphasis on thinking about functional assessment and outcomes. Multicultural issues with an emphasis on the interactions among culture, communication ability, and communication disability. Research-based practices in assessment and intervention. Pediatric impairments in feeding and swallowing. Contemporary "hot topics" associated with the ongoing evolution of the speech, language, and hearing disciplines.