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A Guide to Clinical Assessment and Professional Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology, 1st Edition

  • Cyndi Stein-Rubin
  • Renee Fabus
  • ISBN-10: 1435485327
  • ISBN-13: 9781435485327
  • 384 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

A GUIDE TO CLINICAL ASSESSMENT AND PROFESSIONAL REPORT WRITING IN SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY, 1E not only provides guidance for the often overwhelming process of assessing speech and language disorders but also offers robust diagnostic report writing tools in one user-friendly resource. Organized by disorder, this book is the only one to provide a sample report for each of the major communicative disorders discussed. It also includes a chapter devoted to basic report writing skills and grammar. The assessment aspects of the book offer an in-depth chapter on counseling, a detailed and comprehensive chapter on dysphasia for both pediatric and adult populations, and a clear and practical chapter on assessment of accent. Each chapter is written by experts in their area of communication disorders and provides the following information: background and characteristics of the disorder; parameters for assessment; pertinent interview questions; an inventory and explanation of relevant formal and informal assessment measures in narrative and table format; a section on differential diagnosis to assist in teasing out the specific problem; and a sample case history with assessment tools chosen for that vignette along with rationale for making such selections. All this information is woven into a sample diagnostic report and a similar assignment is provided for practice, making this an ideal resource for ESL learners as well as students preparing for the praxis. Every chapter includes a list of key vocabulary and a glossary to familiarize your students with the professional vernacular relevant for writing diagnostic reports.


  • Takes assessment one step further by offering diagnostic report writing skills all in the same resource- the only such resource on the market.

  • Offers a variety of sample reports that highlight diagnostic and treatment components across clinical disorders and age groups, from pediatrics to adults, to give students a versatile and comprehensive resource.

  • Discusses formal assessment measures for each disorder and provides rationale for the assessment tools used in each client vignette to help students learn when and why certain testing may be appropriate.

  • Walks users through the diagnostic process using case scenarios that offer application-based review of diagnostic skills discussed for each disorder.

  • Emphasizes evidence-based practice to provide students with information about the latest assessment protocols and diagnostic techniques.

About the Author

Cyndi Stein-Rubin

Cyndi Stein-Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP, TSSLD is a certified speech/language pathologist, life coach, leadership trainer, and specialist in the fields of interpersonal communication and human development. Mrs. Stein-Rubin is a full-time faculty member, lecturer and clinical supervisor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Brooklyn College (CUNY). She is the recipient of the 2009 college-wide Award for Teaching Excellence and is successfully integrating a coaching approach and positive psychology in her classroom design, and in her clinical supervision both with students and while training students to counsel clients and families. She conducts workshops and training sessions employing her cutting edge approach to leadership for university faculty and staff. In addition, Ms. Stein-Rubin conducts training programs for the executive development program of the New York Police Department, the Center for Teaching (CFT) for faculty and staff at Brooklyn College and is a keynote speaker for St. John's Hospital's Department of Psychiatry and for several prominent New York community centers.

Renee Fabus

Renee Fabus, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, TSHH is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Dr. Fabus has accepted a faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor at Adelphi University for Fall 2011. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from New York University, her master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University. Dr. Fabus is a certified speech-language pathologist who has practiced in a variety of medical and school settings, including private practice. Her clinical interests and expertise include: childhood apraxia speech, stuttering in children and adults, dysphagia, preschool language disorders, and neurogenic communication disorders in adults. In addition, she has taught and supervised in both undergraduate and graduate programs in the New York City area and served in various capacities on boards and editorial committees. She has awards in both research and teaching and has received funding to investigate the neural processing of school-age children who stutter. She is currently the Vice President of the Long Island Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Assessment: A Diagnostic Philosophy.
2. Counseling and the Diagnostic Interview for the Speech -Language Pathologist.
3. The Basics of Diagnostic Report Writing (Application to Background Information).
4. Psychometrics of Assessment.
5. The Audiological Screening for the Speech-Language Evaluation.
6. Assessment of Oral-Peripheral Speech Mechanism.
7. Assessment of Articulation and Phonological Disorders.
8. Assessment of Preschool Age Language Disorders.
9. Assessment of Speech, Language, and Communication in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
10. Assessment of School Age Language/Literacy Disorders.
11. Assessment of Aphasia.
12. Assessment of Voice Disorders.
13. Assessment of Stuttering.
14. Assessment of Feeding and Swallowing Disorders Across the Lifespan.
Part I: Adult Dysphasia .
Part II: Pediatric Dysphasia .
15. Assessment of Accent.