Speech-Language Pathology Assistants
A Resource Manual
- 464 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10"
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Written specifically with speech-language pathology assistants (SLPAs) in mind, Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A Resource Manual, is a practical, easy-to-use manual that can be used by both SLPAs and SLPA educators.
The text defines the roles of SLPAs and their supervisors--offering additional insight into the scope of practice of an SLPA per current American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) recommendations--and includes discussions, strategies, and examples of real-world issues, such as using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Also included within the chapters are "Things to Consider" sections, which address important factors and modifications that can enhance the effectiveness of treatment activities. For example, incorporating play, literacy, and speech sound remediation into treatment or modifying the clinical interface to enhance group therapy dynamics for children and adults.
Within the text are chapters devoted to specific aspects of an SLPA's development. Chapters on clinical service enhance SLPAs understanding of goals, lesson plans, data collection, and note-writing. Likewise, chapters on professional practice offer insight into ethical problem-solving, presenting a professional image, developing mentoring relationships, working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and the use of self-reflection for self-improvement.
Another notable feature of this text is the appendices, which include checklists, exercises, forms, and clinical tools and resources for SLPAs.
As a key resource for enhancing skills and highlighting professional practice issues, for clinical practicum training or future employment, this is a text both SLPAs and SLPA educators will want to have on their bookshelves.
Kristan Culbertson, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Sciences and Technology Program, Northern Arizona University (2014):
"Dr. Ostergren's textbook includes ALL of the information my SLPA students have been asking for! Great examples of understanding the different aspects of goals/objectives, picture representations of augmentative communication devices, and various treatment methodologies."
List of Appendices
Part 1: Defining Roles: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)
- Chapter 1. Defining Roles: SLPAs
- Chapter 2. Defining Roles: Supervision and Mentoring
- Chapter 3. Ethical Conduct
- Chapter 4. Professional Conduct
- Chapter 5. Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Carolyn Conway Madding
- Chapter 6. Health and Safety
Part II: Skills Development
- Chapter 7. Deciphering Lesson Plans and Goals
- Chapter 8. Data Collection
- Chapter 9. Note Writing
- Chapter 10. Implementing Treatment
- Chapter 11. Group Therapy
Jennifer A. Ostergren and Sarah Guzzino
- Chapter 12. Incorporating Play and Literacy in Treatment
Sara M. Aguilar
- Chapter 13. Speech Sound Remediation
- Chapter 14. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
- Chapter 15. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
About The Author
Jennifer A. Ostergren, PhD, CCC-SLP, is Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She is a licensed and nationally certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP) with more than 19 years of clinical experience in the rehabilitation for neurogenic cognitive-communication disorders. She has extensive experience in the provision of cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) for adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the spectrum of inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Ostergren has taught and developed curriculum on the topic of TBI and is a published researcher and national presenter in this area. She is the recipient of the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award (2017), the California Speech and Hearing Association (CSHA) Outstanding Achievement Award (2016), and the Soroptimist International of Long Beach Women of Distinction in Education Award (2015).
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