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Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Second Edition
Robert Goldfarb, Yula Cherpelis Serpanos
384 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 8.5 x 11"
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Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, now in its second edition, is an excellent resource for students of communication sciences and disorders. It is often used as a textbook for courses in clinical methods, introduction to research methods, and professional issues. Throughout the text, the authors use anecdotal material, self-help questions, and humor to illustrate that learning to be a better professional writer does not require drudgery.

For the new edition, the authors have updated the content to reflect changes in the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition, as well as changes in the Graduate Record Exam and Praxis Exam. They also added a new chapter on English grammar.

The authors cover a spectrum of subjects related to professional writing, including

  • rules of writing
  • evidence-based writing
  • ethics of professional writing
  • use of the library
  • use and abuse of the Internet
  • writing for oral presentations
  • writing diagnostic reports
  • writing clinical reports; and
  • writing for professional advancement

With its updates and new features, Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Second Edition, is destined to remain a favorite of instructors and students striving to improve their professional writing skills.


  • Jean Sawyer, Illinois State University (2013):
    "The second edition is quite an improvement over the first. I love the exercises and the focus on the mechanics of writing."

  • Sheila Bernstein, Hofstra University (2013):
    "A wonderful improvement in this edition is the inclusion of the workbook into this one text."

  • Terry Gozdziewski Hausner, Adelphi Univ/LIU Post (2013):
    "There is nothing else 'out there' even close to it; so I am very pleased to use it."

  • Lorraine Mahan, University of Maine (2013):
    "I found this textbook to be very helpful and practical."

  • Claudia Mornout, Purdue University (2013):
    "I enjoyed reviewing the book and think it has great value for our graduate students."

  • Caroline Hattee, Specialist SLT Cleft Net East Addenbrookes Hospital, Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (2014):
    "Now in its second edition, this book combines the 2009 textbook and 2011 workbook, and substitutes the previous CD with website access to resources....

    The authors include chapters covering evidence-based writing, oral and poster presentation, diagnostic report writing and goal setting, and suggest pointers on writing curriculum vitae. The book is easy to read and has many practical ideas, such as citing references correctly and the use of detailed observation schedules....Although based on US standards, most of the ideas are transferable. Overall, a useful resource for speech and language therapy and audiology students."

1: Getting Started

  • Introduction
  • Beginnings of Speech-Language Pathology
  • Beginnings of Audiology
    • About the Deaf Community and "Hearing Impairment"
  • Current Issues
  • English Mechanics
    • Parts of Speech
    • Grammatical Morphemes
    • Phrase Structure Rules
  • Exercises
  • References

2: Writing Rules

  • Errors in Form
  • Writing Form (Punctuation, Spelling, Grammatical Morphemes)
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling
    • Grammatical Morphemes and Common Confusions
  • Writing Content and Composition (Semantics, Sentence, Structure)
  • Exercises
  • Final Note
  • References

3: Evidence-Based Writing

  • Part One: Concepts and Controversies
  • The Scientific Method
    1. Empirical Verification
    2. Operational Definition
    3. Controlled Observation
    4. Statistical Generalization
    5. Empirical Confirmation
  • The Scientific Method Versus "Common Sense"
    • Psychological Verification
    • Verbal Definition
    • Uncontrolled Observation
    • Overgeneralization
    • Psychological Confirmation
  • The Scientific Method and Pseudoscience
    • Untestable
    • Unchanged
    • Confirming Evidence
    • Anecdotal Evidence
    • Inadequate Evidence
    • Avoiding Peer Review
  • Part Two: Writing a Professional Paper/Journal Article
    • A. Title
    • B. Abstract
    • C. Introduction
    • D. Methods
    • E. Results
    • F. Conclusion and Discussion
    • G. References
  • Exercises
  • References

4: Ethics of Professional Writing

  • The ASHA Code of Ethics
    • Principle of Ethics I
    • Principle of Ethics II
    • Principle of Ethics III
    • Principle of Ethics IV
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
  • The Institutional Review Board
    • The Belmont Report
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) Training Course
  • Conclusion
  • Exercises
  • References
  • Appendix 4-A. Sample Institutional Review Board Research Review Form

5: Using Library Resources

  • History of the Library
  • Collections
    • Books
    • Scholarly Journals
    • Audio-Visual Materials
    • Microforms
  • Services
    • The Organization of Information: Catalogs and Databases
    • Conducting a Search
    • Interlibrary Loans/Reciprocal Library Privileges
    • Reference Services
    • Reserve Items
    • Course Packs
  • Copyright Material
  • Plagiarism
  • Citing References from Print Books and Journals
    • Writing References in APA Style: Review of Selected APA-Style (2010)
    • :Reference List and In-Text Citation Formats
  • Exercises
  • References

6: Using Internet Resources

  • What Is the Internet?
  • Syntax, Semantics, and Jargon
    • Internet Glossary: An Exercise in Futility
  • Uses and Abuses
  • Citing References from the Internet
    • Electronic Article
    • Electronic Article (where the format is modified from the print version)
    • Specific Internet Document
    • Article in an Internet-Only Journal
  • Evaluating Internet Sources for Professional Writing
  • Peer-Reviewed Journals
    • Peer-Review Process
    • The Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Which Internet Resources Should We Use (And Which Should We Avoid)?
    • Do Use
    • Don't Use
    • Should We Use These Internet Resources? Why or why not?
  • Final Note
  • Exercises
  • References

7: Writing for Oral Presentation

  • Preparing the Oral Presentation
    • Developing the Speech
    • Outlining the Presentation
  • Delivering the Oral Presentation
    • Computer-Generated Presentations
    • Factors in Effective Speech Delivery
    • Tips for Delivering the Speech
  • Sample Computer-Generated Presentation
  • Professional Presentations
    1. The Poster Presentation
    2. The Platform Presentation
    3. The Short Course
  • Exercises
  • References

8: Diagnostic Report

  • Diagnostic Labeling
  • Threats to Accurate Diagnosis
  • Rules for Diagnosis
    • Rule 1
    • Rule 2
    • Rule 3
    • Rule 4
    • Rule 5
  • Writing the Diagnostic Report
    • The Logic of Report Writing
    • The Diagnostic Report Format
  • Guidelines for Writing Diagnostic Reports in Speech-Language Pathology
    and Audiology
    • Writing Aspects
    • Format
    • Sections of the Diagnostic Report
    • Report Drafts
    • Writing the History
  • Diagnostic Report Format- Speech and Language
    • Referral Information
    • Background Information
    • Assessment Information
    • Clinical Information
    • Recommendations
  • Diagnostic Protocol Worksheet- Speech and Language
    • Referral Information
    • Background Information
    • Assessment Information
  • Sample of Diagnostic Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Evaluation Report - Original
    • Speech-Language Evaluation Report - Revised Version
  • Diagnostic Report - Audiology
    • History
    • Assessment Information
    • Clinical Impressions
    • Recommendations
  • Diagnostic Protocol Worksheet - Audiology
    • History
    • Assessment Information
  • Sample of Diagnostic Report Writing in Audiology
    • Audiologic Evaluation Report - Original
    • Audiology Evaluation Report - Edited
  • Exercises
  • References

9: Clinical Goals, Reports, and Referrals

  • Informed Consent and Permission
    • Justification
    • Informed Consent Form
    • Permission Form
  • Writing Goals for Therapy
  • Types of Professional Reports
    • I. Treatment (Therapy Session) Format Plan in Speech-Language Pathology
    • II. Progress Report
  • Guidelines for Writing Progress Reports in Speech-Language Pathology
  • Progress Report: Writing Style Worksheet
  • Edited Progress Report in Speech-Language Pathology
    • III. Audiogram Form Report
    • IV. Medical Chart Logs/Reports
  • Professional Correspondence
    • Professional Referrals/Sending Reports
    • Sample Authorization of Release of Information Review
    • Correspondence via Electronic Web
    • Letters to Professionals
    • Cover Letters as professional Reports
    • Letters as Reports
  • Exercises
  • References

10: Writing for Professional Advancement

  • Writing for Professional Advancement
    • I. Resume
    • Do's
    • Don'ts
    • Letterhead
    • Education
    • Certifications/Licenses
    • Professional Experience
    • Awards/Honors
    • Publications
    • Professional Presentations
    • Research
    • Professional Affiliations/Activities
    • Skills
    • References
    • Sample Students Resume Format
    • II. Cover Letters for Resumes
    • Resume Cover Letter Format
    • Sample Resume Cover Letter
    • III. Portfolios
    • Sample Portfolio Checklist of Clinical Work in Audiology
    • Sample Portfolio Checklist of Clinical Work in Speech-Language Pathology
    • :(Adelphi University)
    • IV. Professional Correspondence Via Electronic Media
    • Sections of Formal Correspondence
    • Sample E-Mail Correspondence
  • Multiple-Choice Tests
    • The Stem
    • The Options
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Praxis Examination in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
  • Exercises
  • References

  • Index

About The Authors

Robert Goldfarb

Robert Goldfarb, PhD, FASHA, is Professor (with the Professor Recognition Award) of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University and Emeritus Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he was also Executive Officer. He was a Fulbright Specialist in Applied Linguistics/TEFL in Bogotá, Colombia in 2013. He has published in the areas of adult aphasia, the language of dementia, and the language of schizophrenia, and is also co-author of two tests: The Stocker Probe for Fluency and Language (1995) and Time-Altered Word Association Tests (TAWAT, 2013). He edited and contributed chapters to two books and co-authored six others. He is the recipient of major awards and highest honors from New York City and New York State professional associations.

Yula Cherpelis Serpanos

Yula C. Serpanos, PhD, is a Professor of Audiology in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Adelphi University and the Program Coordinator of the Long Island Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Consortium. She has many years of clinical experience and university teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Dr. Serpanos was the 2016 President of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA). She is the recipient of the 2009 NYSSLHA Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Serpanos has numerous publications in the areas of loudness perception, noise induced hearing loss, and audiologic screening.

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