Assessment of Communication Disorders in Adults: Resources and Protocols

Third Edition

M.N. Hegde, Donald B. Freed

Details: 446 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-263-3

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Assessment of Communication Disorders in Adults: Resources and Protocols, Third Edition offers a unique combination of scholarly information, invaluable resources, and time-saving protocols on assessment of communication disorders in adults.

Most resource books offer limited research and scholarly information, thus making them unsuitable as textbooks for academic courses on assessment and diagnosis. Similarly, most traditional textbooks do not include practical, easy-to-use, and time-saving resources and protocols that the practicing clinicians can readily use during assessment sessions. By combining the strengths of traditional textbooks with newer assessment resources and protocols, this one-of-a-kind book offers a single, comprehensive source that is suitable as a textbook and useful as a practical clinical resource.

This bestselling and trusted text:

  • Covers the full range of communication disorders in adults, from aphasia to voice disorders
  • Gives a comprehensive outline of basic assessment procedures
  • Provides a set of protocols that are necessary to assess any communication disorder in adults
  • Addresses the multicultural issues in assessing communication disorders in adults and offers an integrated assessment approach that includes the most desirable features of the traditional and several alternative approaches
  • Contains two chapters for each disorder: one on resources that offers scholarly and research background on the disorder and one on resources that describes practical procedures and protocols that save preparation time and effort for the clinician
  • Includes access to a PluralPlus companion website containing the assessment protocols that can be viewed, customized, and printed by instructors, students, and clinicians

New to the Third Edition:

  • Lecture slides for instructors in the PluralPlus companion website
  • Expanded emphasis and specific guidelines on making a correct differential diagnosis 
  • Latest research on the characteristics of communication disorders in adults 
  • Review of recent trends on diagnostic assessment with critical recommendations for students and clinicians
  • Updated epidemiological research on communication disorders
  • Revised text to offer more succinct information on assessment tools and diagnostic criteria
  • The latest standardized and informal assessment instruments
  • Student-friendly, step-by-step instructions on how to conduct initial interviews and share final assessment results with patients in each protocol chapter
  • Updated web links for key assessment materials mentioned in the text 


"Students, licensed speech-language pathologists, and university professors can benefit from this book. It covers all of the assessment areas for adults with communication disorders. The writing is clear, concise, and organized in such a way that a clinician could easily use any one of the protocols to assess the needs of their clients. The authors are well-versed in the area of adult communication deficits. 
This book is divided into eight sections of more than 50 assessment protocols for adults with communication deficits. I appreciated the various assessment protocols. They are practical, functional, and easy to administer to clients with each type of disorder.
My favorite part of the book is the inclusion of dementia protocols. Quite often, dementia is left out of the mix because of the degenerative nature of the disease. Instead, the authors of this book included a complete section on dementia. They provided up-to-date research and protocols so not only will the clients benefit, but their loved ones will also receive the help they need along the dementia pathway."
—Lorelei J  Peirson, MA, Biola University, in Doody's Reviews (February 2021)

Creating Client-Specific Assessment Packages with Protocols on the Companion Website

Part I. Foundations of Assessment

Chapter 1. Assessment of Adults: An Overview

Written Case History
The Initial Clinical Interview
Hearing Screening
Orofacial Examination
Diadochokinetic Tasks
Speech-Language Sample
Standardized Assessment Instruments
Assessment of Functional Communication
Assessment of Quality of Life
Postassessment Counseling
Analysis and Integration of Assessment Results
Assessment Report

Chapter 2. Common Assessment Protocols

Adult Case History Protocol 
Instructions for Conducting the Orofacial Examination in Adults:
     Observations and Implications
Orofacial Examination and Hearing Screening Protocol
Diadochokinetic Assessment Protocol for Adults
Functional Communication Assessment Protocol
Communication Quality of Life Assessment Protocol
Adult Assessment Report Outline

Part II. Assessment of Motor Speech Disorders in Adults

Chapter 3. Assessment of Apraxia of Speech (AOS): Resources

Description of AOS
Epidemiology and Etiology of AOS
Overview of Assessment of AOS
Screening for AOS
Standardized Tests for AOS
Analysis and Integration of Assessment Results
Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 4. Assessment of Apraxia of Speech (AOS): Protocols

Overview of AOS Assessment Protocols
Assessment of AOS: Interview Protocol
AOS Assessment Protocol 1: Oral Apraxia
AOS Assessment Protocol 2: Speech Production in AOS
AOS Assessment Protocol 3: Comparing Alternate Motion Rates (AMRs) and Sequential Motion Rates (SMRs)
AOS Assessment Protocol 4: Connected Speech

Chapter 5. Assessment of Dysarthria: Resources

Types of Dysarthria
Epidemiology of Dysarthria
Etiology of Dysarthria
Overview of Dysarthric Speech
Overview of Assessment of Dysarthria
Standardized Tests for Dysarthria
Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 6. Assessment of Dysarthria: Protocols

Overview of Dysarthria Assessment Protocols
Assessment of Dysarthria: Interview Protocol
Dysarthria Assessment Protocol 1: Orofacial Examination
Dysarthria Assessment Protocol 2: Respiratory and Phonatory Function
Dysarthria Assessment Protocol 3: Speech Production (Articulation)
Dysarthria Assessment Protocol 4: Production of Prosody
Dysarthria Assessment Protocol 5: Resonance

Part III. Assessment of Aphasia

Chapter 7. Assessment of Aphasia: Resources

Epidemiology and Ethnocultural Variables
Etiology and Neuropathology of Aphasia
Characteristics of Aphasia
Types of Aphasia
Overview of Assessment
Screening for Aphasia
Standardized Tests for Aphasia
Assessment of Speech Production
Assessment of Narrative and Conversational Skills
Assessment of Functional Communication
Quality of Life Assessment
Assessment of Bilingual or Multilingual Patients
Analysis and Integration of Assessment Results
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 8. Assessment of Aphasia: Protocols

Overview of Aphasia Protocols
Aphasia Interview Protocol
Auditory Comprehension Assessment Protocol
Connected Speech and Grammatical Skills Assessment Protocol
Repetition and Echolalia Assessment Protocol
Naming and Word Finding Assessment Protocol
Fluency Assessment Protocol
Reading, Writing, and Calculation Assessment Protocol
Aphasia Summative Diagnostic Protocol

Part IV. Assessment of Right-Hemisphere Syndrome

Chapter 9. Assessment of Right-Hemisphere Disorder (RHD): Resources

Functions of the Left and Right Hemispheres
Epidemiology of RHD
Causes and Neuropathology of RHD
Neurological Consequences of RHD
Overview of Assessment
Screening for RHD
Standardized Tests for RHD
Analysis and Integration of Assessment Results
RHD Assessment Tasks in Chapter 10
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions 

Chapter 10. Assessment of Right Hemisphere Disorder (RHD): Protocols

Overview of RHD Assessment Protocols
Assessment of RHD: Interview Protocol
RHD Assessment Protocol 1: Visual Neglect and Visuospatial Skills
RHD Assessment Protocol 2: Communication Skills
RHD Assessment Protocol 3: Abstract Language

Part V. Assessment of Dementia (Major and Minor Neurocognitive Disorder)

Chapter 11. Assessment of Dementia: Resources

Overview of Dementia
Epidemiology and Ethnocultural Variables
General Etiology and Pathology of Neurodegenerative Diseases
Irreversible and Reversible Dementia
Dementia of the Alzheimer Type
Other Forms of Dementia
Overview of Dementia Assessment
Screening and Diagnostic Tests for Dementia
Assessment of Dementia in Ethnoculturally Diverse Adults
Diagnostic Criteria and Differential Diagnosis
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 12. Assessment of Dementia: Protocols

Overview of Dementia Assessment Protocols
Assessment of Dementia: Interview Protocol
Dementia Screening Protocol 1: Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) Examination
Dementia Screening Protocol 2: Short Form of the Informant Questionnaire on Cognitive Decline in the Elderly (Short IQCODE)
Dementia Assessment Protocol 1: Mental Status and Intellectual Functioning
Dementia Assessment Protocol 2: Communication Abilities
Dementia Assessment Protocol 3: General Behavioral Evaluation

Part VI. Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury

Chapter 13. Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Resources

Epidemiology and Ethnocultural Variables
Etiology of TBI
Classification of Brain Injuries
Penetrating Brain Injuries
Nonpenetrating Brain Injuries
Primary and Secondary Effects of TBI
Neurophysiological and Behavioral Effects of TBI
Recovery from TBI
Communication Disorders Associated with TBI
Overview of TBI Assessment
Screening for TBI 
Diagnostic Assessment
Assessment of Consciousness and Responsiveness
Global and Functional Assessment 
Assessment of Memory, Reasoning, and Planning 
Assessment of Communication Deficits 
Assessment of Quality of Life After TBI
Assessment of Dysphagia
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 14. Assessment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Protocols

Overview of TBI Assessment Protocols
Assessment of TBI: Interview Protocol
TBI Assessment Protocol 1: Orientation and Memory
TBI Assessment Protocol 2: Perception 
TBI Assessment Protocol 3: Reasoning 
TBI Assessment Protocol 4: Verbally Based Planning: Discourse Analysis
TBI Assessment Protocol 5: Basic Language 
TBI Assessment Protocol 6: Social Communication

Part VII. Assessment of Fluency Disorders

Chapter 15. Assessment of Fluency Disorders: Resources

An Overview of Fluency and its Disorders in Adults
Epidemiology and Ethnocultural Variables
Definition and Measurement of Stuttering
Subjective Experience of Stuttering
Additional Features of Stuttering
Diagnostic Criteria for Stuttering
Assessment of Stuttering
Neurogenic Stuttering
Assessment of Quality of Life and Functional Communication
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 16. Assessment of Fluency Disorders: Protocols

Overview of Fluency Assessment Protocols
Assessment of Fluency Disorders: Interview Protocol
Dysfluency Measurement Protocol
Stuttering Variability Assessment Protocol
Associated Motor Behaviors Assessment Protocol
Avoidance Behaviors Assessment Protocol
Neurogenic Stuttering Assessment Protocol
Cluttering Assessment Protocol
Fluency Quality of Life Assessment Protocol

Part VIII. Assessment of Voice

Chapter 17. Assessment of Voice: Resources

Epidemiology and Ethnocultural Variables
Voice Disorders in Adults
Mutism and Aphonias
Spasmodic Dysphonia
Transgender and Transsexual Voice
Causes of Voice Disorders
Overview of Voice Assessment 
Clinical Assessment of Voice
Instrumental Assessment of Voice
Quality of Life Assessment
Postassessment Counseling
Chapter Summary
Study Questions

Chapter 18. Assessment of Voice: Protocols

Overview of Voice Assessment Protocols
Assessment of Voice: Interview Protocol
Adult Voice Evaluation Protocol
Resonance Assessment Protocol
Vocal Abuse and Misuse Assessment Protocol
Voice Handicap Assessment Protocol
Voice Quality of Life Assessment Protocol


M.N. Hegde

M. N. Hegde, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University-Fresno. A specialist in fluency disorders, language disorders, research methods, and treatment procedures in communication disorders, Dr. Hegde is world renown as a researcher, presenter, contributor of original articles to leading national and international journals, and critically acclaimed author of more than two dozen highly regarded books in speech-language pathology. He has served on the editorial boards of several scientific and professional journals, has been a guest editor of international journals, and continues to serve as an editorial consultant to the Journal of Fluency Disorders. 

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Donald B. Freed

Donald Freed, PhD is a chair emeritus in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies at California State University, Fresno. He received both his MS and PhD from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining the Fresno faculty, he worked as a speech-language pathologist in acute care and rehabilitation facilities, and served as a research speech pathologist at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His research has concentrated on aphasia and motor speech disorders. He has published articles in journals such as Aphasiology, Clinical Aphasiology, American Journal of Speech and Language Pathology, and Journal of Speech and Hearing Research.

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