Here's How to Do Therapy: Hands on Core Skills in Speech-Language Pathology

Third Edition

Debra M. Dwight

Details: 450 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-320-3

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The new and significantly updated third edition of Here's How to Do Therapy: Hands-On Core Skills in Speech-Language Pathology is an essential resource on effective evidence-based interventions for both practicing clinicians and students in academic speech-language pathology programs. Unique in design and content, the book and online supplementary materials provide a logical and manageable approach to enhance clinical skills through guided practice for different types of communication disorders.

Part I presents the basic considerations and foundations of the therapeutic process. Twenty-eight fundamental therapeutic skills are presented in a "workshop format" using organizers, definitions/demonstrations, think-out-loud questions, prompts for practice, post-organizers, and more.  Readers are guided through a process for learning and demonstrating each of the 28 specific skills through use of three tools: Therapeutic-Specific Workshop Forms, Video Vignettes, and two Mini-Therapy Sessions. 

Part II of the text contains seven Guided Practice chapters, with selected concepts and scripted examples of therapy sessions for receptive and expressive language, social communication for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), articulation and phonology, voice, swallowing, resonance, and adult cognitive communication.

New to the Third Edition

  • Two new Guided Practice chapters: one on adult cognitive disorders and one on dysphagia/swallowing disorders
  • Additional information on cultural and linguistic diversity, telepractice, AAC, phonological processes, and social communication for children with ASD
  • Expanded focus on evidence-based practice
  • A PluralPlus companion website with supplementary materials, including video demonstrations, printable forms, and PowerPoint lecture slides for instructors



Introduction. Here’s How to Use This Text
    Teaching and Learning Pedagogy
        Cooperative Learning
        Interactive Nature of Learning
        Critical Incidents in Learning
    Overview of Focused Activities
        Clinical Supervisor or Instructor-focused Activity Cluster
        Textbook or Companion Website-focused Activity Cluster
        Interactive Learning Group-focused Activity Cluster
    Overview of the 28 Therapeutic-Specific Skills


Chapter 1.    Basic Considerations for the Therapeutic Process
    Artistry in Speech-Language Pathology
    Speech-Language Therapy and Task Analysis
    Skills for Speech-Language Therapy
    Developing Therapeutic Mindset
    Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in the Therapeutic Process
    Interpersonal Demeanor in Therapy
    Nonverbal Behaviors and Emotional Affect in the Therapeutic Process
    Excellence as Hallmark of Therapy

Chapter 2.    Foundations for the Therapeutic Process: Overview
    The Therapeutic Process Defined
    Basic Confidence and Trust in the Therapeutic Process
    The Therapeutic Relationship
    Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Therapeutic Process

Chapter 3.    Learning Theories Related to Speech-Language Intervention
    Learning Defined
        The Behavioral Orientation to Learning
        The Cognitive Orientation to Learning
        Humanistic/Experiential Orientation to Learning
        The Social Orientation to Learning
    Learning Styles: Client and Clinical Applications
        Global/Synergetic and Analytical Processing Styles
        Visual, Auditory, and Tactile/Kinesthetic Preferred Modalities
        Cultural Diversity and Learning Styles
    Basic Concepts from Learning Theory Applied to Speech-Language Pathology
    Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology

Chapter 4.    Developmental Domains and Special Classifications Related to the Therapeutic Process: An Overview
    Typical Developmental Expectations (Overview)
    Disability Categories and their Impact on Speech-Language Therapy Progress
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Chapter 5    Hands-On Core Skills: The Speech-Language Pathologist as Facilitator of Positive Communication Change
    Therapeutic-Specific Skills
    Overview of Workshop Tutorials: How to Use This Chapter
    Workshop Tutorials
        Communicating Expectations
        Enthusiasm, Animation, and Volume in the Therapeutic Process
        Seating Arrangements, Proximity, and Touch in the Therapeutic Process
        Preparation, Pacing, and Fluency for Therapeutic Momentum
        Antecedents: Alerting Stimuli, Cueing, Modeling, and Prompting
        Direct Teaching: Learning Modalities, Describing/Demonstrating, Questioning,                 
                                  and Wait-Time in the Therapeutic Process
        Stimulus Presentations: Shaping (Successive Approximations)
        Positive Reinforcers: Verbal Praise, Tokens, and Primary Reinforcers
        Corrective Feedback in the Therapeutic Process
        Data Collection in the Therapeutic Process
        Probing in the Therapeutic Process
        Behavioral Management in the Therapeutic Process
        Troubleshooting in the Therapeutic Process

Chapter 6.    Basic Structure Within the Therapeutic Process
    Individual Versus Group Therapy
    Interactive Group Therapy
    Components of the Therapy Session

Chapter 7.    Peripheral Speech-Language Therapy Management Issues
    Transition from Diagnostic Assessment into Therapy
    Treatment Plans, Schedules, Progress Notes, Dismissals
    Health and Safety Issues
    Creating the Therapeutic Environment
    Client Files and Documentation
    Materials Management 


Chapter 8.     Guided Practice in Language-Based Therapy and Social Communication Therapy
    Selected General Concepts for Language-Based Therapy 
    Selected General Concepts for Social Communication Therapy

Chapter 9.    Guided Practice in Articulation Therapy and Concepts Regarding Phonological Processes Therapy
    Selected General Concepts for Articulation Therapy
    Selected General Concepts for Phonological Processes Therapy

Chapter 10.    Guided Practice for Voice Therapy    

Chapter 11.    Guided Practice for Resonance Therapy    

Chapter 12.    Guided Practice for Fluency Therapy    

Chapter 13.    Guided Practice in Adult Language Therapy    

Chapter 14.    Guided Practice in Swallowing Therapy    


Debra M. Dwight

Debra Dwight is an Alabama native and received a bachelor's degree in Speech Therapy and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Alabama, Mobile. Her master's and doctoral degrees in Speech-Language Pathology were received from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, where Debra developed an interest in clinical teaching. Although she worked as a college/university faculty member in different positions over the past ten years, Debra describes herself as a clinical practitioner due to her constant desire to impact the quality of service delivery in the speech-language profession. She has worked as a speech-language pathologist in public schools, as a university clinical supervisor, as director of a pre-K special needs program, and as a college instructor, and assistant professor. She currently serves as Director of Speech-Language Pathology Programs at University of West Georgia, Carrollton.

Her desire to improve the quality of services provided by speech-language professionals led Dr. Dwight to develop a practical method for teaching basic, hands-on, core skills to university students majoring in Speech-Language Pathology. Drawing from three decades of combined academic, clinical, and supervisory experiences, she developed the text, Here's How to do Therapy: Hands-On Core Skills in Speech-Language Pathology, A practical Guide for all Speech-Language Pathology Professionals.

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