Editor-in-Chief: Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD
Editor Emerita:
Katharine G. Butler, PhD
ISSN: 0271-8294
Online ISSN: 1550-3259
Frequency: 4 issues / year
Impact Factor: 0.354
About this Issue: Focus on Meta Skills

Dear Readers:

In this issue of Topics in Language Disorders (TLD), Issue Co-Editors Julie Wolter and Geralyn Timler have compiled articles that “Focus on Meta Skills.” This is an issue in two parts. Wolter served as Issue Editor for Part 1, which focuses on morphological awareness and assessment. Timler served as Issue Editor for Part 2, which focuses on autism and concepts of self. These two parts can be described as follows: (a) awareness of morphological units of meaning in language, which can signal both syntactic and semantic relationships, and (b) awareness of self as an independent being and as someone who can be understood in relationship to others. Although morphological awareness and self-awareness are quite different constructs, they share a linkage through language that is highlighted throughout this double issue of TLD. You can read more about the issue in the From the Editor column, which is available as open access. The implications for understanding the needs of school-age students who, for various reasons, struggle with the development of concepts that seem to come naturally to others make this issue important reading both for practitioners (e.g., teachers, special educators, speech–language pathologists, and psychologists) and researchers across disciplines about why meta matters.

Nicki Nelson

Upcoming Topics
  • Theory of Mind and Language Development and Disorders
  • Pragmatic Language Development in African American Children
  • Literacy Achievements by Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in the New Era
  • Narratives of Adults with Communications Disorders
  • Transition to College for Students with Language Disorders on and off the Autism Spectrum
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