Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1597565899
ISBN-10: 159756589X
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Editorial Reviews


"...This comprehensive book is very broad in scope, and extremely practical. The author provides very detailed, creative, and practical interventions, while incorporating evidence-based principles of treatment. Detailed sample activities and techniques, and treatment scripts are included, to provide both new and experienced SLPs with practical ways to integrate evidenced-based interventions into their treatment. The author bases these interventions on both published research and her 28 years of clinical experience with the pediatric population. Relevant case studies for a variety of age levels are included throughout the book to support the SLP in developing a comprehensive and highly individualized treatment plan. The author provides extensive lists of activities, games, toys, songs, and books that can be incorporated into treatment, and that offer the child opportunities for repetitive practice. Detailed information on how to write a treatment plan or IEP for children with CAS is shared. Analysis of evaluation results, choosing target utterances for treatment sessions, and progress monitoring charts are among some of the forms that can be immediately put to use. The many visuals of techniques that the author has created and adapted for therapy will save time when planning. The extensive lists of materials and resources for integrating music and repetitive line books into therapy will be extremely valuable.

Here s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech will help SLPs of all skills levels and experience to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work more efficiently and effectively with children who have apraxia. This impressive book will be an invaluable resource across a wide variety of therapeutic settings. It can serve as a textbook for students of speech-language pathology, a therapy manual for SLPs who are new to the field, and a resource manual for more experienced SLPs. Readers will gain a much better understanding of CAS, along with many new tools to guide their clinical thinking about every aspect of assessment and intervention. SLPs will come away with a better grasp of traditionally proven methods for intervention, in addition to many creative, practical, and innovative strategies that can immediately be implemented in therapy. The author has done a brilliant job of referencing the research that supports why these interventions are successful with the apraxic population. This book will enable SLPs to enhance their knowledge and skills, and gain confidence when evaluating and treating this complex speech disorder. This outstanding resource should be required reading for every speech-language pathology student and SLP working with apraxic children. Every speech-language pathologist will want to add this valuable book to their collection of therapy resources. --Ronna Siegel Woloshin, CCC-SLP, Illinois Speech Language and Hearing Association Newsletter, (January 20, 2011)

"Located in the foreword, author Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP, states that the "primary focus of the book is to provide practical suggestions for evaluating children with suspected childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and planning and implementing effective and efficient treatment for this very challenging population. A number of reproducible forms for analyzing evaluation results, choosing target utterances for treatment sessions, tracking treatment progress, and developing treatment plans are included throughout the book." As a practicing speech-language pathologist, I am often disappointed with the promises of authors who report that reading their book will add to our therapy toolkit, only to be disappointed with the lack of functional sources for therapy with our students and clients. However, I can wholeheartedly promise that Fish will not disappoint you. She maintained her promise and has provided speech-language pathologists with an exemplary and comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and treatment of CAS. Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech is effectively divided into three sections containing separate chapters that guide the reader through all of the challenging diagnostic and therapeutic components of working with a client with CAS. Additionally, there is an extensive glossary that would be helpful for parents, classroom teachers, undergraduate students, or non-professionals who are unfamiliar with the terminology and jargon of the speech pathology world, particularly with CAS. Highly user-friendly reproducible forms are provided in Appendix A, which serve a variety of diagnostic and treatment functions, while Appendix B contains suggestions for materials and resources to "facilitate practice of speech praxis skills." Appendix C contains a chart of the phonetic symbols for American English consonants, pure vowels and diphthongs, as well as a sample word associated with each symbol. Fish has provided speech-language pathologists with a book that is professionally presented with research-based evidence that will assist us with implementing effective diagnostic and therapeutic intervention strategies for students with CAS. I highly recommend this book for all speech-language pathologists, as it will prove to be a valuable resource and a worthwhile addition to your professional library as well as your therapy toolkit." --Alicyn Guilfoyle, MS, CCC-SLP, Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, (September 2011)

About the Author

For over twenty-five years, Margaret Fish has been providing speech and language services to children. She currently works in private practice in Highland Park, Illinois, with children with severe speech sound disorders and language disorders, with a specific interest in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Margaret has provided local and national workshops to speech and language pathologists on the topic of assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of CAS.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 3.1 pounds
  • Paperback : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 159756589X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1597565899
  • Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.75 x 11.25 inches
  • Publisher : Plural Publishing Inc; 1st Edition (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 10 ratings
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