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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia Core, PhD (George Washington University)
Description: This book consists of therapy-ready materials for speech intervention, including word lists for target sounds and forms for systematic record keeping. An accompanying CD allows for modification and reproduction of the treatment materials, which are included as Microsoft Word read-only documents.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide treatment protocols for most articulation and phonological therapy targets. It fills a need for therapy materials that are customizable, and it provides convenient recording forms for tracking client progress.
Audience: This book is ideal for busy clinicians who routinely use word lists and record forms for speech intervention. The authors are well known in the field of communication sciences and disorders, and their book is well organized.
Features: The authors have prepared treatment protocols that consist of word lists by target sounds (consonants, clusters and rhotic vowels) in word-initial and word-final positions, as appropriate. The book also includes a brief introduction to target selection rationale and instructions for tracking progress in therapy. Scripts and score forms are included for discrete trials for each target. The CD with customizable word lists and record forms is perhaps the book's best feature. The treatment protocols contain appropriate, high frequency and functional target words and tools that aid in efficient planning. However, the intervention framework lends itself to drill-work with a focus on modeling, corrective feedback and prompt fading, and there is little information on teaching placement cues or providing feedback on placement or other linguistic cues. Similarly, there is little description of current phonological intervention models or target selection for the average clinician to use the word lists as part of a phonological approach. On the other hand, the record forms for each word list encourage good data management, which is critical to systematic intervention.
Assessment: This book has great clinical utility for speech intervention, and it is a good resource for busy clinicians. It provides organization for treatment sessions, and the accompanying CD is unique in its ability to create multiple individualized treatment protocols for clients.