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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Adrienne B. Hancock, PhD (George Washington University)
Description: This is essentially a workbook designed to engage students in thinking about their clinical observations prior to graduate study in speech-language pathology. In addition to descriptions of the therapeutic processes, this book includes guided observation and reflection of specific areas (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's "Big Nine"). There is relatively little to guide observations of assessment.
Purpose: The authors aim to engage students by incorporating fill-in-the-blanks, journaling, and even crossword puzzles.
Audience: Ideally, students would use a book of this sort while obtaining their required 25 hours of clinical observation prior to clinical practicum.
Features: The book strikes a nice balance between chapters on general clinical skills (e.g., goal writing, data collection) and chapters more focused on observations about specific disorder areas (e.g., features of voice addressed in the session). This book is small and spiral-bound, making it convenient to bring to observations.
Assessment: Since this book is specifically designed to maximize learning from clinical observations, there is little information about practicum protocols and clinical roles; rather, it focuses on observations of treatment sessions.