Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology: How to Write, Talk, and Act Like a Clinician

Third Edition

A. Embry Burrus, Laura B. Willis

Details: 254 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-724-4

© 2017

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In Professional Communication in Speech-Language Pathology: How to Write, Talk, and Act Like a Clinician, Third Edition, the authors introduce student clinicians to the various types of written and verbal communication they will encounter across three different clinical settings: university clinics, medical settings, and public schools. The text is written in a student-friendly manner, with appendices that provide examples of correspondence, diagnostic and treatment reports, data sheets, and important acronyms in medical and school settings. Chapters cover verbal interactions with families, allied professionals, and supervisors, as well as written communication across the university, medical, and school settings. Also included are scenarios written in the form of vignettes that address issues of ethics, interviewing, and procedures for managing protected health information.

The third edition also includes expanded coverage of:

  • Writing measurable short-term goals
  • Electronic medical records
  • Generational differences
  • Professional writing
  • Professional written correspondence
  • Updated documentation requirements


Section I. Introduction to Professional Communication, Clinical Practicum Sites, and Ethics

Chapter 1. The Nature of Professionalism and Professional Communication

Chapter 2. Learning as They Change the Rules: The Many Faces of Clinical Practicum

Chapter 3. Ethics, Confidentiality, and Safeguarding Clinical Communications

Section II. Professional Written Communication

Chapter 4. Documentation and Technical Writing

Chapter 5. Diagnostic Reports

Chapter 6. Treatment Documentation

Chapter 7. Short-Term Progress Reports

Chapter 8. Long-Term Progress Reports

Chapter 9. Professional Correspondence

Section III. Professional Verbal Communication

Chapter 10. Interacting With Clients and Families

Chapter 11. Interacting With Other Professionals

Chapter 12. Interacting With Individuals From Diverse Backgrounds

Chapter 13. Interacting With Supervisors

Appendix A. Sample of a University Clinic Diagnostic Report for Child Client Speech-Language Evaluation
Appendix B. Sample of a University Clinic Diagnostic Report for Adult Client Speech-Language Evaluation
Appendix C. Sample of Inpatient Rehab Assessment Report for Speech / Language / Swallowing
Appendix D. Example of a University Clinic Daily Treatment Plan
Appendix E. List of Selected Abbreviations Used in School Settings
Appendix F. List of Selected Abbreviations Used in Medical Settings
Appendix G. Example of a University Clinic Long-Term Treatment Report
Appendix H. Examples of Data Sheets
Appendix I. Examples of SOAP Notes
Appendix J. Examples of Long-Term Graphs


A. Embry Burrus

A. Embry Burrus, MCD, is an Associate Clinical Professor in Speech-Language Pathology at Auburn University. Her areas of interest include children with developmental delay, children and adults who stutter, and supervision. She is also the author of Mama and Margaret, a memoir about her older sister with Down syndrome. Before becoming a clinical professor, she practiced in Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked with children in the public schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention.

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Laura B. Willis

Laura B. Willis, MCD, is an Associate Clinical Professor at Auburn University and a certified speech-language pathologist. She teaches undergraduate students about clinical procedures and the clinical writing process and also supervises graduate students within the university clinic setting. Her areas of professional expertise span adult neurologic and literacy disorders. Mrs. Willis earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Communication Disorders from Auburn University and now enjoys working alongside undergraduate and graduate students as they evolve into competent and confident clinicians.

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Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Third Edition

Robert Goldfarb, Yula Cherpelis Serpanos

Details: 397 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-013-4

© 2020

Release Date: 12/11/2018

Clinical Research Methods in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Third Edition

David L. Irwin, Norman J. Lass, Mary Pannbacker, Mary Ellen Tekieli Koay, Jennifer S. Whited

Details: 338 pages, B&W, Hardcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-101-8

© 2020

Release Date: 01/15/2019

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Fourth Edition

Rosemary Lubinski, Melanie W. Hudson

Details: 633 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 7.5" x 9.2"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-107-0

© 2018

Release Date: 02/06/2018

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Third Edition

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Details: 374 pages, Full Color, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-94488-366-9

© 2020

Release Date: 12/06/2018

Clinical Methods and Practicum in Speech-Language Pathology

Sixth Edition

M.N. Hegde, Katrina Kuyumjian

Details: 427 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-184-1

© 2020

Release Date: 04/19/2019

Professional Issues in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Fifth Edition

Melanie W. Hudson, Mark DeRuiter

Details: 550 pages, 2-Color, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-63550-220-6

© 2021

Release Date: 11/15/2019