American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling: A Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers

The ultimate guide for helping children develop effective communication skills, revised and updated!

(Rockville, MD - October 5, 2012)  

Beyond Baby TalkBeyond Baby Talk has long been the only book parents need to guide their children in learning effective communication skills. Now, in the fully revised and updated edition from Three Rivers Press (on sale October 2, 2012), Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson equip a new generation of parents and caregivers to model healthy reading, writing, and speaking skills.

Hearing an infant's first cry, watching a baby speak her first words, or reading a book with a toddler for the first time can be both thrilling and mysterious experiences for parents. A child's language skills may seem to appear so organically that caregivers mistakenly believe there's little they can do to help this development. Authors Kenn Apel and Julie Masterson, experts in child language, take the mystery out of the developmental process with updated education research, simple milestones parents can look for, and easy activities to build strong language skills.

In the updated and revised edition of Beyond Baby Talk, readers will find:

  • Two brand-new chapters and an expanded age range—material now applies to children from birth through elementary school, with special focus on literacy milestones and development
  • Essential information about current technology, including the use of television, computers, mobile phones, texting, and apps
  • An exploration of popular fads that purport to increase language and literacy development, along with helpful tools to evaluate such claims
  • Updated resources and references

Beyond Baby Talk: From Speaking to Spelling, A Guide to Language and Literacy Development for Parents and Caregivers

By Kenn Apel, PhD and Julie Masterson, PhD

Three Rivers Press | October 2, 2012
304 pages | $15.00 | 978-0-307-95228-8

"Beyond Baby Talk combines accuracy with readability to produce an excellent resource for parents, caregivers, and clinicians alike."

Arthur C. Maelender, PhD, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

"[Beyond Baby Talk] is well written and enjoyable to read...made concepts much easier to grasp and understand. I would definitely recommend to the families that I care for."

Michael Metts, DO, FAAP, FACOP, Des Moines University

 

About the Authors

Kenn Apel, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor and chair of communication sciences and disorders at the University of South Carolina and a widely known researcher and educator in language and literacy development and disorders.

Julie J. Masterson, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a nationally known educator and researcher in speech, language, and literacy development. She is a professor of communication sciences and disorders at Missouri State University.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 150,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment, including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems, including swallowing disorders. www.asha.org/.

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