Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology: A Resource Manual

Seventh Edition

Kenneth G. Shipley, Julie G. McAfee

Details: 500 pages, Full Color, Softcover with layflat binding, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-710-2

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Release Date: 12/08/2023

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Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology: A Resource Manual, Seventh Edition is the bestselling book on assessment for academic courses and clinical practice. The book covers the diagnosis and evaluation of a wide range of communication disorders in children and adults. This one-of-a-kind manual provides a comprehensive package of reference materials, explanations of assessment procedures,  and practical stimulus suggestion. Many reproducible worksheets, forms, reports, and quick-reference tables are provided. Each chapter references many of the most used published tests and resources for assessing the given disorder.  Multiple links are provided for online testing materials, including some standardized tests.

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.

New to the Seventh Edition

  • New chapter describing an assessment from start to finish
  • Reorganized and expanded content on psychometric principles of assessment
  • New information on assessment via telepractice
  • New information on play-based assessment
  • New information on sharing electronic medical information
  • Reorganized and expanded content on medical and psychological conditions associated with communicative disorders
  • Several new tables and figures throughout to improve ease of understanding the material
  • Several new forms and worksheets for assessment
  • Updates to each chapter to reflect current research and practice
  • Updated and new recommendations for published assessment tools, sources of additional information, online resources, and apps
  • Multiple links to online assessment resources, including free materials and standardized testing materials
  • A suite of ancillary resources for instructors, students, and clinicians

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
  • Sturdy “lay-flat” binding for easier reading and use in daily practice
  • The many forms and worksheets are also accessible online

PluralPlus Online Ancillaries

For instructors: PowerPoint slides, test bank, and class activities 

For students and clinicians: eFlashcards, quizzes, and downloadable versions of the forms and worksheets from the book

List of Tables
List of Forms

List of Figures



Part I. Preparatory Considerations

Chapter 1. Foundational Information for Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology
Overview of Assessment
Professional Expectations for Clinicians

Code of Ethics
Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education
Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA)

Psychometric Principles

Sensitivity and Specificity
Freedom From Bias

Assessment Methods

Information From Clients and Others
Speech-Language Sample Analysis
Dynamic Assessment
Standardized Tests

Administering and Interpreting Standardized Tests

Accommodations and Modifications
Determining Chronological Age
Basals and Ceilings
Obtaining a Raw Score
Normative Data
Understanding Normed Scores
Confidence Intervals

Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources     

Chapter 1 Forms

Chapter 2. Overview of a Complete Assessment
Elements of a Complete Assessment
Obtain a Case History

Allergy Awareness
Information From Other Professionals

Conduct an Intake Interview
Consider Internal and External Influences
Directly Assess the Client

Play-Based Assessment

Assimilate and Analyze Findings
Make a Diagnosis and Recommendations
Write a Diagnostic Report

IFSPs and IEPs
Writing SOAP Notes

Share Assessment Findings

Information-Sharing Meeting
Sharing Information Electronically

Assessment via Telepractice

Assessment Considerations Specific to Telepractice

Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 2 Forms
Appendix 2–A. Three Sample Clinical Reports
Appendix 2–B. Sample IFSP and IEP

Chapter 3. Multicultural Considerations
Cultural-Linguistical Knowledge

Cultural Communication Differences
Speech-Language Differences
Ethnographic Research

Cultural Competence
Assessment of CLD Clients

Language History
Direct Assessment
Disorder Versus Difference

Collaboration With Interpreters and Translators      

Preassessment Preparation    

Concluding Comments          
Sources of Additional Information   

Print Sources 
Electronic Sources

Chapter 3 Forms
Appendix 3–A. Speech and Language Characteristics of African American English
Appendix 3–B. Speech and Language Characteristics of Spanish   
Appendix 3–C. Speech and Language Characteristics of Asian Languages

Chapter 4. Hearing Considerations
Overview of Common Hearing Disorders
Standard Classification of Hearing Loss
Effects on Hearing Loss on Communication

The Speech Banana
Environmental Noise Levels

Hearing Aids

Troubleshooting Hearing Aid Problems

Hearing Screening as Part of a Speech-Language Assessment
Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 5. Medical and Psychiatric Conditions Associated With Communicative Disorders
Overview of Medical Conditions, Psychiatric Conditions, and Syndromes
Diagnoses, Descriptions and Clinical Significance

Acoustic Neuroma
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Angelman Syndrome
Apert Syndrome
Aspiration Pneumonia
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Branchiootorenal Syndrome
Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
CHARGE Syndrome
Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)
Cornelia de Lange Syndrome|
Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Cri-du-Chat Syndrome
Crouzon Syndrome
DiGeorge Syndrome
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Executive Function Deficit
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)
Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)
German Measles
Huntington’s Disease (HD)
Learning Disability or Learning Disorder
Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)
Lou Gehrig’s Disease
Measles (Rubeola)
Ménière’s Disease
Myasthenia Gravis (MG)
Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2)
Otitis Media
Parkinson’s Disease
Pierre Robin Sequence (PRS)
Selective Mutism
Sotos Syndrome
Specific Learning Disorder (SLD)
Stickler Syndrome
Townes-Brocks Syndrome (TBS)
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
Treacher Collins Syndrome
Trisomy 21 Syndrome
22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome
Usher Syndrome
Van der Woude Syndrome
Velocardiofacial Syndrome (VCFS)
Vestibular Schwannoma
Williams Syndrome

Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information
Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Part II. Resources for Assessing Communicative Disorders


Chapter 6. Common Assessment Procedures for Most Communicative Disorders
Standard Precautions
Common Intake Interview Questions
Orofacial Examination

Interpreting the Orofacial Examination

Assessing Diadochokinetic Syllable Rate
Speech-Language Sampling

Conversation Starters for Eliciting a Speech-Language Sample

Reading Passages
Evaluating Rate of Speech

Determining Speech Rate

Determining Intelligibility
Syllable-by-Syllable Stimulus Phrases
Charting Behaviors
Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Source

Chapter 6 Forms
Appendix 6–A. Pictures and Narratives With Pictures
Appendix 6–B. Reading Passages

Chapter 7. Assessment of Speech Sound Disorders
Overview of Assessment
Sounds in the English Language

            Distinctive Features of Consonants   

Phonological Processes
Developmental Norms for Phonemes and Consonant Clusters        
Frequency of Occurrence of Consonants      
Intake Interview Questions
Comprehensive Speech Sound Inventory

Formal Tests
Speech Sample Analysis

Considerations for Diagnosis
Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Assessment Procedures for Childhood Apraxia of Speech   

Concluding Comments          
Sources of Additional Information   

Print Sources 
Electronic Sources     

Chapter 7 Forms

Chapter 8. Assessment of Spoken Language in Children     
Overview of Assessment       
Five Language Domains       
Typical Language Development       

Piaget’s Stages of Early Cognitive Development
Development of Play 

Language Disorder Descriptions       
Intake Interview Questions
Comprehensive Language Assessment

Formal Assessment
Informal Assessment

Assessment for Early Intervention    

Partnering with Parents
Late Talker Versus Language Disordered

Assessment of School-Age Children
Language Sample Analysis   
Assessment of Morphologic Skills   

Determine Mean Length of Utterance          

Assessment of Semantic Skills         
Assessment of Syntactic Skills         
Assessment of Pragmatic Skills        
Assessment of Narrative Skills         
Considerations for Diagnosis
Concluding Comments          
Sources of Additional Information   

Print Sources 
Electronic Sources     

Chapter 8 Forms
Appendix 8–A. Motor and Communication Skills Sequence of Development

Chapter 9. Assessment of Written Language
Overview of Assessment       
Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist    
Multicultural Considerations
Typical Reading and Writing Development 
Written Language Disability Characteristics and Types       
Assessment of Reading         

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness       
Word Fluency
Reading Fluency        
Informal Reading Inventories
Narrative Schema Knowledge           

Assessment of Writing          

Narrative Writing      
Expository Writing    
Persuasive Writing    

Assessment of Spelling         
Concluding Comments          
Sources of Additional Information   

Print Sources 
Electronic Sources     

Chapter 9 Forms

Chapter 10. Assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Disorder
Overview of Assessment
Definitions According to the DSM–5

Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder      
Definition of Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder 

Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
Typical Development of Social Language Skills
Early Indicators of a Pragmatic Language Disorder
Formal and Informal Assessment

Speech-Language Assessment
Standardized Language Assessment
Feeding Assessment

Considerations for Diagnosis
Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 10 Forms

Chapter 11. Assessment for Augmentative or Alternative Communication (AAC)
Overview of Assessment
Candidates for AAC
Types of AAC

Apps for AAC

Formal and Informal Assessment

Assess Sensory and Motor Capabilities
Assess Language and Cognitive Skills

Determine Communicative Needs
Select an Appropriate AAC System
Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 11 Forms

Chapter 12. Assessment of Fluency Disorders
Overview of Assessment
Types of Fluency Disorders


Intake Interview Questions
Speech Sampling
Disfluency Indexes
Secondary Behaviors

Associated Motor Behaviors
Physiologic Responses

Feelings and Attitudes
Speech Rate
Published Fluency Assessments
Considerations for Diagnosis

Diagnosing Stuttering
Diagnosing Cluttering

Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 12 Forms

Chapter 13. Assessment of Voice and Resonance
Overview of Assessment
Defining Voice and Resonance
Categories of Voice Disorders
The Multidisciplinary Team
Case History and Intake Interview Questions
Client History and Present Concerns
Perceptual and Instrumental Examination of Voice

Assessment of Pitch
Assessment of Vocal Intensity
Assessment of Vocal Quality
Assessment of Respiratory Support for Speech
Maximum Phonation Time
The S/Z Ratio

Assessment of Resonance

Auditory-Perceptual Assessment
Compensatory Articulation

Hardware and Software for Assessment of Voice and Resonance
Assessment of Alaryngeal Clients

Alaryngeal Communication Options

Assessment of Clients With Cleft Lip and/or Palate
Assessment of Transgender Clients
Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 13 Forms

Chapter 14. Assessment of Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders
Overview of Assessment
The Brain
Setting-Specific Assessments
Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS)

Minimum Data Set (MDS)
Functional Independence Measure (FIM)

Assessment of Clients With Aphasia
Assessment of Clients With Right Hemisphere Damage
Assessment of Clients With Traumatic Brain Injury
Assessment of Clients With Dementia
Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

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
Sources of Additional Information

Print Sources
Electronic Sources

Chapter 15 Forms

Chapter 16. Assessment of Dysphagia
Overview of Assessment
Overview of a Normal Swallow
Typical Development of Feeding and Swallowing
Clinical Assessment of Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

Case History
Physiologic Status
Sucking Ability
Infantile Reflexes
Orofacial Structures and Function
Chewing and Swallowing Ability

Clinical Assessment of Adult Dysphagia

Case History
Orofacial Structures and Function
Chewing and Swallowing Ability

Graphic Imaging


Concluding Comments
Sources of Additional Information   

Print Sources 
Electronic Sources     

Chapter 16 Forms



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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