Reviewer: Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: As the title indicates, this book is intended as a resource manual for initiating a private practice in speech-language pathology and includes background text and supplemental suggested forms.
Purpose: According to the preface, this book is written as a resource manual for professionals either contemplating, or already operating, a private practice in speech-language pathology. An informative book in this area of the field is a much-needed resource and the objectives are appropriate and worthwhile. However, the book falls far short of addressing the objectives in a comprehensive and professional manner.
Audience: The book is written both as a training resource for students and as a manual for private practicitioners. In my judgment, all aspects of the book are written on the level of an undergraduate student. Any practicing professional in the field, whether already operating a private practice or contemplating starting a practice, should be well beyond the level of information contained in this book. The author introduces herself as having experience and skill as a clinician, as well as business and administrative experience.
Features: From my perspective, the content of the book is at a very basic and introductory level. It could serve as a reference for a junior or senior in undergraduate school who might wish to have very simple information about this narrow aspect of the profession. However, any practicing professional who does not already know all of this information, or who could not readily write correspondence such as that included in the appendix, should likely not be considering opening a private practice. The content is extremely simplistic with very basic and redundant forms.
Assessment: Although there are few recent texts that attempt to address the topic of private practice, this particular book adds nothing that is not already available from either Web site sources (including the ASHA website) or other treatment texts, such as Treatment Resource Manual for Speech-Language Pathology, 2nd edition, by Roth and Worthington (Delmar, 2001).