About The Book

Professional Writing in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Third Edition is an excellent resource for students of communication sciences and disorders. It is often used as a textbook for courses in professional writing, clinical methods, and professional issues. Throughout the text, the authors use anecdotal material, self-help questions, and humor to illustrate that learning to be a better professional writer does not require drudgery.

The authors cover a spectrum of subjects related to professional writing, including:

  • rules of writing
  • evidence-based writing
  • ethics of professional writing
  • citing references
  • use and abuse of the Internet
  • writing for oral presentations
  • writing diagnostic reports
  • writing clinical reports
  • writing for professional advancement

The third edition is responsive to requests from instructors to provide more examples from communication sciences and disorders and increase the amount of practice material. The authors have added content in grammar and rules of writing and increased the number of practice questions and writing exercises in all chapters. They also included new information to reflect changes in the most recent ASHA Code of Ethics as well as changes in the Graduate Record Exam and Praxis Exam. The user-friendly PluralPlus companion website includes materials for students and instructors.

Highlights of the Third Edition

  • More detailed coverage of grammar and rules of writing
  • More examples for student practice in all chapters
  • More examples related to speech-language pathology and audiology
  • New information about ASHA’s Revised Code of Ethics
  • New information about the Praxis II Examination in speech-language pathology and audiology
  • Website resources for students including electronic versions of writing exercises
  • Website resources for instructors including answer keys for practice questions and writing exercises

About The Authors

Robert Goldfarb, PhD, FASHA, is Professor (with the Professor Recognition Award) of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University and Emeritus Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, where he was also Executive Officer. He was a Fulbright Specialist in Applied Linguistics/TEFL in Bogotá, Colombia in 2013. He has published in the areas of adult aphasia, the language of dementia, and the language of schizophrenia, and is also co-author of two tests: The Stocker Probe for Fluency and Language (1995) and Time-Altered Word Association Tests (TAWAT, 2013). He edited and contributed chapters to two books and co-authored six others. He is the recipient of major awards and highest honors from New York City and New York State professional associations.

Yula C. Serpanos, PhD, is a Professor of Audiology in the Communication Sciences and Disorders program at Adelphi University and the Program Coordinator of the Long Island Doctor of Audiology (AuD) Consortium. She has many years of clinical experience and university teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. Dr. Serpanos was the 2016 President of the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA). She is the recipient of the 2009 NYSSLHA Distinguished Achievement Award. Dr. Serpanos has numerous publications in the areas of loudness perception, noise induced hearing loss, and audiologic screening.

Table Of Contents


Chapter 1. Getting Started
Beginnings of Speech-Language Pathology
Beginnings of Audiology
Current Issues
English Mechanics

Chapter 2. Writing Rules
Errors in Form
Writing Form (punctuation, spelling, grammatical morphemes)
Writing Content and Composition (Semantics, Sentence Structure)
Final Note

Chapter 3. Evidence-Based Writing
Writing a Professional Paper/Journal Article

Chapter 4. Ethics of Professional Writing
The ASHA Code of Ethics
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
The Institutional Review Board
Appendix 4-A. Sample Institutional Review Board Research Review Form

Chapter 5. Referencing Resources
History of the Library
Copyright Material
Citing References From Print Books and Journals

Chapter 6. Internet Resources
What is the Internet?
Syntax, Semantics, and Jargon
Uses and Abuses
Citing References from the Internet
Evaluating Internet Sources for Professional Writing
Peer-Reviewed Journals
Which Internet Resources Should We Use (And Which Should We Avoid)?
Final Note

Chapter 7. Writing for Oral Presentation
Preparing the Oral Presentation
Delivering the Oral Presentation
Sample Computer-Generated Presentation
Professional Presentations

Chapter 8. The Diagnostic Report
Diagnostic Labeling
Threats to Accurate Diagnosis
Rules for Diagnosis
Writing the Diagnostic Report
Guidelines for Writing Diagnostic Reports in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Diagnostic Report Format-Speech and Language
Diagnostic Protocol Worksheet-Speech and Language
Sample of Diagnostic Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology
Diagnostic Report Format-Audiology
Diagnostic Protocol Worksheet-Audiology
Sample of Diagnostic Report Writing in Audiology

Chapter 9. Clinical Goals, Reports, and Referrals
Informed Consent and Permission
Writing Clinical Observations
Writing Goals for Therapy
Types of Professional Reports
Guidelines for Writing Progress Reports in Speech-Language Pathology
Progress Report: Writing Style Worksheet
Edited Progress Report in Speech-Language Pathology
Professional Correspondence

Chapter 10. Writing for Professional Advancement
Writing for Professional Advancement
I. Resumes
II. Cover Letters for Resumes
III. Portfolios
IV. Professional Correspondence Via Electronic Media
Multiple-Choice Tests



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