Language Sampling With Children and Adolescents: Implications for Intervention

Third Edition

Marilyn A. Nippold

Details: 437 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-276-3

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The third edition of Language Sampling With Children and Adolescents: Implications for Intervention provides guidelines for analyzing spoken and written language production in both children and adolescents. The text, which is geared for graduate students and practicing speech-language pathologists, has been expanded to include preschool children (ages 3–4 years) and school-age children (ages 5–11 years), in addition to adolescents (ages 12–18 years). Included within the book are numerous figures, tables, and practical exercises (with answer keys) to help readers understand how to analyze the content and structure of the different discourse genres—conversational, narrative, expository, and persuasive—and how to utilize this information in establishing functional language goals and implementing intervention activities for children and adolescents with language disorders.

The ability to express oneself with accuracy, clarity, and efficiency is essential for success in social, academic, and vocational settings. Language Sampling With Children and Adolescents: Implications for Intervention, Third Edition, is a must-have resource for those working with preschool children, school-age children, and adolescents.

Includes grammar review and exercises!

New to the Third Edition:

  • Now also covers preschool and school-age children
  • Each genre (conversation, narration, exposition, persuasion) now has its own chapter
  • Grammar review and exercises (with answer keys) have been expanded 
  • Includes greater number of language samples to analyze (with answer keys)
  • Includes more normative data for spoken and written language production
  • Offers greater direction for intervention
  • Includes more case studies
  • All chapters have been updated to reflect recent research 


"This third edition expands language sampling for preschool and school age children as well as provides chapters for specific genres, grammar exercises, and normative data for spoken and written language. The purpose of this book is to explain and teach language sampling of children 3 years of age to 18 years old. The book is intended for both speech-language pathologists and students studying to be SLPs. Dr. Nippold offers a wealth of information that can be used by both students and practicing SLPs.
The book is divided into two main parts. Part I includes eight chapters with topics covering the importance of language sampling, general procedures, and then four specific chapters on conversational, narrative, expository, and persuasive discourse and one last chapter on autism spectrum disorders. Part II offers chapters on grammar review and exercises. The first three chapters cover words and phrases, main and subordinate clauses, and sentence types. The last three chapters focus on units of measurement and analysis. There is also an appendix that provides an answer key for the exercises in chapters 9 to 14, which is extremely helpful to better understand the topic.
The updated third edition of this text is very much needed in our profession. The use of language sampling is not sufficiently used for two main reason: 1) SLPs feel they do not have enough time and/or 2) they are unsure how to analyze the samples. Dr. Nippold provides sufficient information to meet both of these challenges. As a professor in a graduate SLP program, I will be using this book with my next cohort. As a clinical practitioner, I will also be using it to further my knowledge of language sampling for children 3 to 18 years of age. This is a great resource for any pediatric SLP."

—Yvana Uranga-Hernandez, PhD, CCC-SLP, Biola University, in Doody's Book Reviews (June 2021)



Part I. Working With Children and Adolescents

Chapter 1. Why Language Sampling?
Chapter 2. History of Language Sampling
Chapter 3. General Procedures
Chapter 4. Conversational Discourse
Chapter 5. Narrative Discourse
Chapter 6. Expository Discourse
Chapter 7. Persuasive Discourse
Chapter 8. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Part II. Grammar Review and Exercises

Chapter 9. Words and Phrases
Chapter 10. Main and Subordinate Clauses
Chapter 11. Sentence Types
Chapter 12. Units of Measurement
Chapter 13. Analyzing Conversational Language Samples
Chapter 14. Analyzing Narrative, Expository, and Persuasive Language Samples

Appendix A. Answer Key for Chapter 9
Appendix B. Answer Key for Chapter 10
Appendix C. Answer Key for Chapter 11
Appendix D. Answer Key for Chapter 12
Appendix E. Answer Key for Chapter 13
Appendix F. Answer Key for Chapter 14

Marilyn A. Nippold

Marilyn A. Nippold, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a professor of communication disorders and sciences at the University of Oregon where she has worked since 1982, teaching and conducting research in later language development, literacy, language disorders, stuttering, and critical thinking. Professor Nippold is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and was awarded ASHA Honors in 2015. She received the Editor’s Award for articles published in ASHA journals in 1983 and 2001, and the Outstanding Publications Award from the Division of Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) in 2009. She has published ten books, more than 140 journal articles and book chapters, and has served as editor-in-chief of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (2010–2015). A philosopher, scholar, and truth-seeker, Professor Nippold received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles; her master’s degree in communicative disorders from California State University Long Beach; and her doctorate in speech-language-hearing sciences from Purdue University. A licensed speech-language pathologist, she is a frequent presenter at state, national, and international conferences.

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