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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Laura Ann Wilson, B.S.(George Washington University)
Description: This cursory look at the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology covers the key points of several domains that a professional in this field might encounter in later academic programs and then a career. This new edition includes a different organization, updates, and new author contributions.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a first glance at the field of speech-language pathology and audiology. The book assumes that readers have very little prior knowledge about the field and that they will take more in-depth courses on these topics should they pursue a career in speech-pathology or audiology.
Audience: It is written for students who are interested in the field of speech-language pathology or audiology. It is appropriate for this audience, and the book would likely be useful for an introductory course.
Features: The book provides basic information about a career in speech-language pathology or audiology, generally discussing job responsibilities, scopes of practice, governing organizations, and ethical considerations in the field. It also covers different populations served and etiologies/disorders within those populations. The book is well organized and includes a CD-ROM with supplemental material. Learning objectives begin each chapter with review questions at the end, and a glossary lists key terms. It may be overwhelming for a student who is first learning about the field, but the book is a great initial resource..
Assessment: This is a good addition to the literature that provides a solid introduction to the field and scopes of practice for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Its coverage of the different areas is brief, but it is a useful and thorough overview of the different domains.