The most common speech and feeding disorders in childhood, including the causes and treatment of dysphagia and dysarthria, are comprehensively reviewed in a book recently edited by Manuel Roig-Quilis MD, PhD and Lindsay Pennington PhD, and published by Viguera. .
There is no generic unifying diagnosis, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy or ADHD, to describe and include all the infants and children with problems that affect their ability to suck, chew or swallow, as well as difficulties when it comes to articulating speech or performing facial non-verbal communication. This has resulted in them being attended by a variety of different specialists, depending on the age when their symptoms first appeared or the predominant clinical manifestation. .
The book Oromotor disorders in childhood is intended to become an international reference textbook for the diagnosis and treatment of this type of disorders. One of the main aims of the book is to open up both professionals’ and society’s eyes to all the children who have to cope with this type of poorly-known feeding, speech and communication disorders. This group of youngsters needs to be attended by a multidisciplinary work team consisting of paediatricians, paediatric neurologists, nutritionists and speech and language therapists with goal-specific interventions (set according to the age and clinical manifestations) in order to improve the children’s quality of life and that of their families.