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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael J. Bamdad, MA, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This worthwhile book introduces a variety of speech, language, and cognitive-linguistic diagnostic tools to the training professional.
Purpose: The purpose of this book, as stated by the authors, is to introduce new clinicians in speech-language pathology and neuropsychology to the variety of diagnostic tools available. It is also considered a tool for upper level graduate coursework. These are worthy objectives and the authors have met them.
Audience: According to the authors, the target audience is new clinicians in speech-language pathology and neuropsychology, as well as students in upper level graduate coursework within these domains.
Features: The book is broken down both by various types of diagnostic tools as well as by disorder area. Areas covered include aphasia assessment as well as diagnostic materials for cognitive-linguistic populations. Pediatric and adult populations are addressed. The organization of the book is exceptional. It is clear and easy to manipulate. There are several tests (i.e., traumatic brain injury; right hemisphere tools) that seem to have inadequate information available. I was pleased to see that these tests were included, but I would have liked to have seen more information for clarification.
Assessment: The book is of high quality and will be very useful to the intended audiences. It is very helpful to have descriptions of such a number and variety of diagnostic tools within one text. To my knowledge, there are no other books available that are this encompassing.