Mr. Van Riper, who has spent more than thirty years in the field of speech correction, has written a very helpful book about children's speech disorders which are so often badly handled at home. If speech is ""the most important single skill possessed by "" It is also the most complicated for the child to learn, and failure in this area reads to all kinds of hurt, anxiety, retreat. Van Riper discusses the four basic categores of disorder (articulation- there are 10 million of these; voice; language and rhythm) and the organic, exceptional or just ordinary causes. Much of this book discusses instan and failures in creating the right climate in the home and the emotional factors involved; the parents' job in reducing frustrations and penalties; and then the attempt to ocate a speech therapist and participate in the corrective program. An excellent approach or the many uninformed but concerned parents.