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Language Sampling with Adolescents
Implications for Intervention

Second Edition
Marilyn A. Nippold
352 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10"
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Language Sampling with Adolescents: Implications for Intervention, now in its second edition, provides guidelines for analyzing spoken and written language production in adolescents. It is geared toward graduate students and speech-language pathologists who work with middle school and high school students (Grades 5-12). Included within the book are tables, figures, and practical exercises (with answer keys) to help readers understand how to analyze the content and structure of the different adolescent language genres--conversational, narrative, expository, and persuasive--and how to utilize this information in establishing functional language goals and implementing intervention activities for adolescents with language disorders.

The second edition includes revised and updated content along with two new chapters: "Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders," which addresses how to adjust standard language sampling procedures for adolescents with ASD, and "Analyzing Language Samples from Adolescents," which provides speaking and writing language samples from various genres elicited from adolescents with typical language development (TLD).

Adolescents' ability to express themselves with clarity, precision, and efficiency is essential for success in contemporary educational settings. Language Sampling with Adolescents: Implications for Intervention, Second Edition, is a must-have resource for those working with students to achieve that success.

Praise for the First Edition

"... An accessible and highly informative guide to eliciting and analysing language samples for a client group whose complex needs may not always be recognized and properly addressed through the use of formal assessment tools alone. One of the main strengths of the book lies in the multidisciplinary and collaborative nature of the assessment and intervention processes described ... Nippold adds breadth to the assessment and intervention processes for young people in school environments so that their functional communication and language needs can be more accurately and successfully met."
--Gail Turner
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Moor House School, Hurst Green, UK in International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders


  • Mary Huston, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech Adventures Blog (June 2015):
    "The book starts with a brief introduction by Dr. Nippold into the “why” of language sampling for older children. It includes a “Note To Instructors” that breaks down the suggested format for using the text as a text for university classes in language assessment and intervention...

    In the Verbs section, it’s broken down by main, copula, auxiliary, modal, finite, and nonfinite. I can see this being very helpful for many people (including SLPs…). I love the exercises that are included [in Part II: Grammar Review and Exercises]!

    I can see this book being a great supplement to an adolescent language course and for those of us that may not work with adolescents often, a great reminder for some potential difficulties that we may be called on to remediate. I plan on using this to help my daughter with some of her language difficulties and can see it being beneficial for others as well."


Part I: Working With Adolescents

  • Chapter 1. Why Language Sampling?
  • Chapter 2. History of Language Sampling
  • Chapter 3. Adolescent Language Development
  • Chapter 4. Language Sampling Guidelines
  • Chapter 5. Language Sampling Tasks
  • Chapter 6. Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Chapter 7. Intervention: Conversational and Narrative Discourse
  • Chapter 8. Intervention: Expository and Persuasive Discourse
  • Chapter 9. Bringing it All Together: The School Newspaper

Part II. Grammar Review and Exercises

  • Chapter 10. Types of Words and Phrases
  • Chapter 11. Types of Clauses
  • Chapter 12. Types of Sentences
  • Chapter 13. Units of Measurement
  • Chapter 14. Analyzing Language Samples from Adolescents

Appendix A: Answer Keys for Chapter Exercises


About The Author

Marilyn A. Nippold

Marilyn A. Nippold, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of communication disorders and sciences at the University of Oregon where she has worked since 1982, teaching and conducting research in later language development, literacy, language disorders, and stuttering.