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Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology
How to Write, Talk, and Act Like a Clinician

Third Edition
A Embry Burrus, Laura B. Willis
254 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10" 1 lbs
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In Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology: How to Write, Talk, and Act Like a Clinician, Third Edition, the authors introduce student clinicians to the various types of written and verbal communication they will encounter across three different clinical settings: university clinics, medical settings, and public schools. The text is written in a student-friendly manner, with appendices that provide examples of correspondence, diagnostic and treatment reports, data sheets, and important acronyms in medical and school settings. Chapters cover verbal interactions with families, allied professionals, and supervisors, as well as written communication across the university, medical, and school settings. Also included are scenarios written in the form of vignettes that address issues of ethics, interviewing, and procedures for managing protected health information.

The third edition also includes expanded coverage of:

  • Writing measurable short-term goals
  • Electronic medical records
  • Generational differences
  • Professional writing
  • Professional written correspondence
  • Updated documentation requirements


Section I. Introduction to Professional Communication, Clinical Practicum Sites, and Ethics

Chapter 1. The Nature of Professionalism and Professional Communication

Chapter 2. Learning as They Change the Rules: The Many Faces of Clinical Practicum

Chapter 3. Ethics, Confidentiality, and Safeguarding Clinical Communications

Section II. Professional Written Communication

Chapter 4. Documentation and Technical Writing

Chapter 5. Diagnostic Reports

Chapter 6. Treatment Documentation

Chapter 7. Short-Term Progress Reports

Chapter 8. Long-Term Progress Reports

Chapter 9. Professional Correspondence

Section III. Professional Verbal Communication

Chapter 10. Interacting With Clients and Families

Chapter 11. Interacting With Other Professionals

Chapter 12. Interacting With Individuals From Diverse Backgrounds

Chapter 13. Interacting With Supervisors

Appendix A. Sample of a University Clinic Diagnostic Report for Child Client Speech-Language Evaluation
Appendix B. Sample of a University Clinic Diagnostic Report for Adult Client Speech-Language Evaluation
Appendix C. Sample of Inpatient Rehab Assessment Report for Speech / Language / Swallowing
Appendix D. Example of a University Clinic Daily Treatment Plan
Appendix E. List of Selected Abbreviations Used in School Settings
Appendix F. List of Selected Abbreviations Used in Medical Settings
Appendix G. Example of a University Clinic Long-Term Treatment Report
Appendix H. Examples of Data Sheets
Appendix I. Examples of SOAP Notes
Appendix J. Examples of Long-Term Graphs


About The Authors

A Embry Burrus

A. Embry Burrus, MCD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Auburn University. Her areas of interest include children with developmental delay, children and adults who stutter, and supervision.

Laura B. Willis

Laura B. Willis, MCD, is an Associate Clinical Professor at Auburn University and a certified speech-language pathologist. She teaches undergraduate students about clinical procedures and the clinical writing process and also supervises graduate students within the university clinic setting.

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