The job of a speech therapist entails assisting children and adults to manage their speech, language and communication difficulties. They are delighted in the opportunity to work with these patients to come up with ways to work through these difficulties, in a manner that suits each client’s needs.
Speech pathology is a complicated job that needs extensive knowledge on the physical, cognitive and social sides of speech and communication. Those who run private speech therapy practices must have in their practice attended many conferences and seminars and consumed a lot of educational material to widen their range of expertise. There is however still more to be learned in this field. There are five books that can be used to improve the kind of therapy they offer.
Such a book is one titled Assessment in Speech-Language Pathology: A Resource Manual by Kenneth Shipley and Julie McAfee. It is useful in analyzing a patient’s speech-language pathology. It includes a wide variety of assessment materials, instructions, tools, and procedures. It generally, helps a therapist apply his/her knowledge to his/her patients. After reading it, you have the option of designing how the knowledge gained will be passed to the patients.
The next book is titled Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians by Wayne A. Secord. It is meant for therapists who wish to treat children and adults with sound pronunciation difficulties. It has some techniques that will be beneficial in helping those with lisps, articulating particular sounds, and so much more. It is an amazing teaching aid, one which will make your therapy sessions fun and interesting, as you help your clients.
The next book is titled Terminology of Communication Disorders: Speech-Language-Hearing by Lucille Nicolosi, Elizabeth Harryman, and Janet Kresheck. It’s name betrays its function as a glossary book for both the client and therapist to use. It is designed similar to a dictionary in terms of how it delivers the material. It is an extremely valuable book, but its use is further enhanced by the inclusion of tools such as rehab documentation software.
Another book on the list is titled Successful R Therapy by Pam Marshalla. It thoroughly addresses the /r/ sound and how it is formed in speech. It comes with a detailed description of how your mouth, tongue, and lips aid in the pronunciation of this specific sound. It also points out the differences between a vocalic R, a consonantal R, a back R, and a tip R. Children are normally the ones with the most difficulty pronouncing this letter, so this book is a great inclusion in their treatment.
The last one is called Evaluating & Enhancing Children’s Phonological Systems by Barbara Hodson. It is dedicated to phonological issues and disorders in children. It is a tool for helping therapists establish the best model to use in helping children with unintelligible speech. It employs the Hodson’s Cycles Approach, but your use of it is to your discretion. It provides a lot of intervention techniques which will aid in making better treatment plans.
There are many books written to help in the speech therapy practice. This list is arguably a pick of the best ever.