Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

Seventh Edition

M.N. Hegde

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With major content updates and enhanced supporting online materials, the seventh edition of Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology remains an essential resource for students in speech-language pathology who are about to begin their clinical practicum. The text is a comprehensive source of information that will help establish clear expectations for both student clinicians and clinical supervisors. It is hoped that students who read this book prior to starting their clinical practicum will be better prepared to meet the exciting and yet often challenging task of providing ethical and effective services to children and adults with communication disorders. Readers will gain an understanding of the structure of different clinical practicum sites; principles of ethical practices; conduct, behavior, and competencies expected of them; justifiable expectations of their clinical supervisors; and the many fundamental principles of assessment and intervention across most disorders of communication.

The book is divided into two major sections: clinical practicum and clinical methods in speech-language pathology. These sections provide coverage of the structural and functional aspects of clinical practicum in a variety of settings. The book emphasizes clinical practicum is an exciting learning experience. The students will understand what is expected of them in each setting and what they can expect from their clinical supervisors. The book also gives an overview of treatment methods that apply across disorders.

New to the Seventh Edition

  • Two new chapters:
    • Chapter 5 on assessment and includes a sample assessment report
    • Chapter 6 on clinical reports, treatment plans, and data documentation
  • The clinical methods sections include new and expended information on assessment, target behaviors, and treatment strategies for all disorders of communication
  • The section on clinical practicum in public schools has been expanded to reflect the current guidelines and practices
  • Infused multicultural issues into the content of the book in all relevant chapters and consequently eliminated a separate chapter on the topic
  • Updated information ASHA’s new or current requirements and guidelines for clinical practicum and certification in speech-language pathology
  • Expanded and updated ASHA guidelines on telepractice, including the number of telepractice practicum hours and the simulation hours the students can count toward the total
  • Summary ASHA’s latest position on the qualifications of clinical supervisors
  • Information on the qualifications and scope of practice of Speech-Language Pathology Assistants in various settings
  • Added chapter summary questions so students can assess their understanding of the material
  • Significantly enhanced the suite of online resources, including more in-depth PowerPoint slides and a new test bank for instructors, and sample reports, recording sheets, and templates for students

Key Features

  • Outlines open each chapter and provide a summary of the key topics
  • An comprehensive glossary allows readers to easily find and define important terms or concepts
  • Bulleted and boxed information for easy access
  • Online supporting materials for students and instructors

PluralPlus Online Ancillary Materials

  • For instructors: PowerPoint Slides, Test Bank
  • For students and clinicians:
    • Assessment Procedures and Reports
    • Baserate Procedures and Recording Forms
    • Probe Data Recording Form Examples and Templates
    • Treatment Procedure and Data Recording Forms
    • Treatment Plans
    • Treatment Progress Reports
    • Glossary of Medical Abbreviations
    • Glossary of Educational Abbreviations
    • Referral Letter

Companion Website Materials                                                                                  

About the Author

Part I. Clinical Practicum

Chapter 1. Clinical Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology
Clinical Practicum: An Overview
General Preclinic Requirements
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
State Licensure Boards
Departments of Education
The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
State Speech-Language and Hearing Associations
Related Professional Organizations
ASHA Guidelines on Clinical Practicum
Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology
The SLP Clients in the Digital Age
The Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)
Clinical Practicum as a Learning Experience

Chapter 2. Organization of Clinical Practicum
Supervision of Clinical Practicum
On-Campus Clinical Practicum
Off-Campus Practicum Sites
Clinical Internships
Collaboration With Other Professionals
General Administrative Procedures
Clinical Supplies, Materials, and Equipment

Chapter 3. The Conduct of the Student Clinician                                             
General Professional Behavior                                                                          
ASHA Code of Ethics                                                                                       
Other Codes and Regulations                                                                            

Chapter 4. The Supervisor and the Student Clinician                                       
You and Your Supervisor
Qualifications and Requirements of Clinical Supervisors
What to Expect from Your Clinical Supervisor                                                
Off-Campus Clinical Supervision                                                                     
Responsibilities of the Student Clinician                                                          

Part II. Clinical Methods in Speech-Language Pathology


Chapter 5. Assessment of Speech and Language Disorders                             
Definition of Terms
Common Assessment Procedures
Assessment Report Writing
Assessment of Ethnoculturally Diverse Individuals
Alternative and Integrated Assessment
Working With Interpreters, Translators, and Transliterators

Chapter 6. Writing Treatment Plans and Progress Reports                               
Varieties of Clinical Reports
Writing Without Bias
Clinical Treatment Plans
Clinical Lesson Plans
Individualized Education Programs
Individualized Family Service Plans
Varieties of Progress Reports
SOAP Notes
Discharge Reports
General Record-Keeping Procedures

Chapter 7. Target Behaviors Across Disorders                                                   
Selection of Target Behaviors                                                                             
Approaches to Target Behavior Selection                                                           
Guidelines on Selecting Target Behaviors                                                          
Speech Sound Disorders                                                                                      
Language Disorders in Children                                                                          
Voice Disorders                                                                                                   
Disorders of Fluency                                                                                            
Right Hemisphere Disorder                                                                                 
Apraxia of Speech in Adults and Children                                                          
Dysarthrias in Adults and Children                                                                     
Traumatic Brain Injury
Hearing Loss                                                                                                        
Persons With Complex Communication Needs                                                   

Chapter 8. Treatment: Core Techniques and Data Documentation
What is Treatment in Speech-Language Pathology?
Core Treatment Procedures Apply to All Disorders
Treatment of Diverse Individuals
Overview of Treatment
Documenting Client Progress in Evidence-Based Practice
How to Use the Discrete Trial Procedure
How to Baserate Target Behaviors
How to Evoke Target Behaviors
How to Shape New Responses
How to Increase the Frequency of Target Responses
How to Strengthen and Sustain Target Behaviors
Number of Target Behaviors to Be Trained in a Session
Target Behaviors vs. Target Responses
How to Sequence Treatment
How to Increase Response Complexity

Chapter 9. Reducing Behaviors That Interfere With Treatment                         
Behaviors That Interfere With Treatment                                                   
Maintaining Causes of Undesirable Behaviors                                            
General Strategies for Decreasing Undesirable Behaviors                          
Direct Strategies for Decreasing Behaviors                                                 
Indirect Strategies for Decreasing Behaviors                                              
How to Design an Effective Response Reduction Strategy                        

Chapter 10. Generalization and Maintenance of Target Behaviors            
Generalization of Target Behaviors
Maintenance of Target Behaviors                                                                
Why Treatment Gains are not Maintained
Generalization and Maintenance Procedures                                               
Follow-Up Assessments                                                                              


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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