Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology: A Resource Manual

Sixth Edition

Kenneth G. Shipley, Julie G. McAfee

Details: 713 pages, Full Color, Soft Cover (with lay-flat binding), 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-204-6

© 2021

Release Date: 11/01/2019

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Plural is pleased to announce it is the new publisher of the Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology and the Sixth Edition will be released in November 2019!

This thoroughly updated sixth edition of the best-selling text Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology remains an invaluable resource for instructors, students, and clinicians. The book covers the diagnosis and evaluation of a wide range of communication disorders in adults and children. This one-of-a-kind manual provides a comprehensive package of reference materials, explanations of assessment procedures, practical stimulus suggestions, and hands-on worksheets and screening forms.

The highly practical resource is separated into four easy-to-navigate sections: Part I highlights preparatory considerations; Part II includes procedures and materials for obtaining, interpreting, and reporting assessment information; Part III provides materials and suggestions for assessing communicative disorders. Part IV presents a quick-reference section, providing information on hearing considerations and medical diagnoses.

This must-have sixth edition reflects the latest research, best practices, and important trends and developments for assessment in speech-language pathology.

New to the Sixth Edition

  • Updated content throughout to reflect current research and practice
  • New chapter on Selective Mutism
  • New section covering the assessment of transgender voice
  • Updated Sources of Additional Information in every chapter, with addition of recommended mobile applications for speech-language assessment

Key Features

  • Full-color design with images, charts, and illustrations to engage readers and display key concepts
  • Each chapter concludes with practical forms, including worksheets, checklists, and additional sources of information
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Chapter tabs with separate colors for quick and easy access
  • Access to a PluralPlus companion website with PowerPoint lecture slides for each chapter, and forms and worksheets from the book for easy duplication and customization for clinical use

Part I. Preparatory Considerations

Chapter 1. Foundations of Assessment

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Assessment Methods
  • Psychometric Principles
  • Standardized Test Administration
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education
  • Code of Ethics for Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Concluding Comments
  • Chapter 1 Forms

Chapter 2. Multicultural Considerations

  • Pre-assessment Knowledge
  • Planning and Completing the Assessment
  • Making a Diagnosis
  • Working with Interpreters
  • Concluding Comments
  • Chapter 2 Forms
  • Appendix 2-A Speech and Language Characteristics of African American English
  • Appendix 2-B Speech and Language Characteristics of Spanish
  • Appendix 2-C Speech and Language Characteristics of Asian Languages

Part II. Gathering and Reporting Assessment Information

Chapter 3. Obtaining Pre-assessment Information

  • Obtaining Pre-assessment Information
  • Written Case History
  • Allergy Awareness
  • Intake Interviews
  • Information from Other Professionals
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 3 Forms


Chapter 4. Reporting Assessment Findings

  • Reporting Assessment Findings
  • Information-Giving Meetings
  • Writing Assessment Reports
  • Clinical Correspondence
  • Writing Soap Notes
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Appendix 4-A Four Sample Clinical Reports
  • Appendix 4-B Sample IFSP
  • Appendix 4-C Sample IEP
  • Appendix 4-D Sample Clinical Correspondences


Part III. Resources for Assessing Communicative Disorders

Chapter 5. Assessment Procedures Common to Most Communicative Disorders

  • Orofacial Examination
  • Speech and Language Sampling
  • Reading Passages
  • Evaluating Rate of Speech
  • Determining Intelligibility
  • Syllable-by-Syllable Stimulus Phrases
  • Charting
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 5 Forms
  • Appendix 5-A
  • Appendix 5-B

Chapter 6. Assessment of Speech Sound Disorders

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Screening
  • Formal Tests
  • Identifying Sound Errors from a Speech Sample
  • Stimulability
  • Developmental Norms for Phonemes and Blends
  • Frequency of Occurrence of Consonants
  • Descriptive Features of Phonemes
  • Distinctive Features of Consonants
  • Phonological Processes
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 6 Forms
  • Appendix 6-A

Chapter 7. Assessment of Language in Children

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Normal Language Development
  • Language Disorder Categories
  • Screening
  • Assessment for Early Intervention
  • Assessing School-Age Children
  • Language Sampling and Analysis
  • Assessment of Morphologic Skills
  • Determining Mean Length of Utterance
  • Assessment of Semantic Skills
  • Assessment of Syntactic Skills
  • Assessment of Pragmatic Skills
  • Making a Diagnosis
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 7 Forms

Chapter 8. Assessment of Literacy

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Normal Reading and Writing Development
  • Descriptions and Categories of Reading Disabilities
  • Assessment of Early Literacy
  • Assessment of Reading
  • Assessment of Writing
  • Multicultural Considerations
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 8 Forms

Chapter 9. Assessment of Selective Mutism

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Definition and Characteristics of Selective Mutism
  • Behaviors Associated with Selective Mutism
  • Avoidance Behaviors
  • The Negatively Reinforced Avoidance Pattern
  • Collaboration with Family and Other Professionals
  • Assessment of Current Speaking Abilities
  • Assessment of Emotional and Social Factors
  • Assessment of Speech and Language
  • Making a Diagnosis
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 9 Forms

Chapter 10. Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Disorder

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Characteristics of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder
  • Early Indicators of Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Disorder
  • Social Communication
  • Receptive and Expressive Language Concerns
  • Theory of Mind
  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 10 Forms

Chapter 11. Assessment for Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC)

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Determining Communicative Needs
  • Assessing Language and Cognitive Skills
  • Assessing Sensory and Motor Capabilities
  • Determining the Most Appropriate AAC System
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 11 Forms

Chapter 12. Assessment of Stuttering and Cluttering

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Defining Stuttering
  • Speech Sampling
  • Disfluency Indexes
  • Secondary Behaviors
  • Speech Rate
  • Assessing Feelings and Attitudes
  • Criteria for Diagnosing Stuttering
  • Stimulability
  • Cluttering
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 12 Forms

Chapter 13. Assessment of Voice and Resonance

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Anatomy for Voice and Resonance
  • Categories of Voice Disorders
  • The Multidisciplinary Team
  • Screening
  • Client History and Present Concerns
  • Perceptual and Instrumental Examination of Voice
  • Evaluation of Pitch
  • Evaluation of Vocal Intensity
  • Evaluation of Vocal Quality
  • Assessing Respiratory Support for Speech
  • Maximum Phonation Time
  • The S/Z Ratio
  • Assessment Hardware and Software
  • Assessment of Resonance
  • Assessment of Alaryngeal Clients
  • Alaryngeal Communication Options
  • Assessment of Clients with Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • Assessment of the Transgender Client
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 13 Forms

Chapter 14. Assessment of Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders

  • Overview of Assessment
  • The Brain
  • Assessment of Aphasia
  • Assessment of Right Hemisphere Syndrome (RHS)
  • Assessment of Clients with Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Assessment of Clients with Neurocognitive Disorder (Dementia)
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 14 Forms

Chapter 15. Assessment of Acquired Neurogenic Speech Disorders

  • Overview of Assessment
  • The Cranial Nerves
  • Assessment of Dysarthria
  • Assessment of Apraxia of Speech (AOS)
  • Differential Characteristics of Dysarthria and Apraxia of Speech
  • Concluding Comments
  • Chapter 15 Forms

Chapter 16. Assessment of Dysphagia

  • Overview of Assessment
  • Overview of a Normal Swallow
  • Clinical Assessment of Pediatric Dysphagia
  • Administration and Interpretation
  • Clinical Assessment of Adult Dysphagia
  • Graphic Imaging
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 16 Forms

Part IV. Additional Resources

Chapter 17. Hearing Considerations

  • Overview of Common Hearing Disorders
  • Tinnitus
  • Standard Classification of Hearing Loss and the Effects on Communicative Development
  • Hearing Screening
  • Hearing Assessment
  • Speech Audiometry
  • Auditory Brainstem Response
  • Otoacoustic Emissions
  • The Speech Banana
  • Environmental Noise Levels
  • Hearing Aids
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information
  • Chapter 17 Forms

Chapter 18. Medical Diagnoses Associated with Communicative Disorders

  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Syndromes
  • Concluding Comments
  • Sources of Additional Information

Chapter 19. Quick Reference and Caregiver Handouts

  • Speech, Language, and Motor Development
  • Reading and Writing Development
  • What is…? Client and Caregiver Handouts
  • Sources of Additional Information


Kenneth G. Shipley

Kenneth G. Shipley, PhD is Professor, Department Chair, and Associate Provost Emeritus at California State University, Fresno. In addition to teaching in various areas of speech-language pathology for many years, he also served as Chair of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies, Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, and the University’s Associate Provost. Previous positions included teaching in the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno; and practicing speech-language pathology in the public schools, hospital, and private practice settings.

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Julie G. McAfee

Julie G. McAfee, MA, CCC-SLP is a practicing speech-language pathologist in Northern California. She has professional experience serving a wide variety of adult and child populations. Over the years, she has worked in acute care hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, client homes, preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools. She is currently practicing at Bird-Kern-Dalmia, a private practice in San Jose, California. Mrs. McAfee is passionate about helping individuals obtain the highest possible level of communicative ability to improve their quality of life. Presently, she primarily serves pediatric populations, but she also enjoys working with adult clients as opportunities arise.


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