About The Book

The third edition of the bestselling Speech-Language Pathology Assistants: A Resource Manual is an essential, practical, and easy-to-use resource for SLPAs and SLPA educators and their students. The text defines the roles of SLPAs and their supervisors—offering additional insight into the scope of practice of an SLPA per current American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) recommendations—and includes discussions, strategies, and examples of real-world issues, such as using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Also included within the chapters are important factors and modifications that can enhance the effectiveness of treatment activities. For example, using behavioral principles and incorporating play, literacy, and speech sound remediation into treatment or modifying the clinical interface to enhance group therapy dynamics for children and adults.

Initial chapters are devoted to specific aspects of an SLPA’s development, such as chapters on ways SLPAs can enhance clinical service through understanding of goals, lesson plans, data collection, and note-writing. Likewise, chapters on professional practice offer insight into ethical problem-solving, presenting a professional image, developing mentoring relationships, working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, and the use of self-reflection for self-improvement. These chapters are followed by key principles for SLPAs to incorporate in clinical services provided to specific populations and disorders.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Updated ASHA documents throughout, including references to the new ASHA Speech-Language Pathology Assistant Scope of Practice (2022) and Speech-Language Pathology Code of Conduct (2020)
  • New co-author, Margaret Vento-Wilson, brings years of experience in both professional and academic settings and adds a fresh perspective throughout
  • Significant updates to Chapter 11 on using behavioral principles
  • New contributing authors bringing relevant updates in the field of speech-language pathology

About The Authors

Jennifer A. Ostergren, PhD, CCC-SLP is the Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Services at California State University, San Marcos.  She is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist with more than 20 years of experience working with adults with neurologic cognitive and communication disorders across the spectrum of rehabilitation settings.  Dr. Ostergren is a published author and a national and international speaker in the areas of rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and support personnel in the field of speech-language pathology.  She has specialized training in futures thinking and an interest in the futures of work, health, and education.

Margaret Vento-Wilson, PhD, CCC-SLP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology in College of Health and Human Services at California State University of Long Beach. Dr. Vento-Wilson has been a practicing speech-language pathologist for many years and has worked in the school system and in private practice. When in the school setting, Dr. Vento-Wilson frequently worked with undergraduate students in their SLPA practicum. Dr. Vento-Wilson has published in the areas of motor speech disorders, congenital aglossia, disorders of child language, school-based intervention, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She has presented at the national and state level on AAC in the schools, aided language acquisition, and narrative intervention.

Table Of Contents



Part I: Defining Roles: Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs)

Chapter 1. Defining Roles: SLPAs
Chapter 2. Defining Roles: Supervision and Mentoring
Chapter 3. Ethical Conduct
Chapter 4. Professional Conduct
Chapter 5. Cultural and Linguistic  
Carolyn Conway-Madding

Chapter 6. Health and Safety 
Pei-Fang Hung

Part II: Skills Development

Chapter 7. Deciphering Lesson Plans and Goals
Jennifer A. Ostergren and Stephanie L. Peterson
Chapter 8. Data Collection
Chapter 9. Note Writing
Chapter 10. Implementing Treatment
Chapter 11. Using Behavioral Principles 
Jennifer A. Ostergren and Stephanie P. Davis

Chapter 12. Group Therapy 
Jennifer A. Ostergren and Sarah Guzzino-Herrick

Part III: Treatment for Specific Population and Disorders

Chapter 13. Speech Sound Remediation for Children
Chapter 14. Early Intervention 
Margaret Vento-Wilson

Chapter 15. Language Intervention for Children 
Margaret Vento-Wilson

Chapter 16. Incorporating Play and Literacy in Treatment 
Sara M. Aguilar

Chapter 17. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
Jodi Robledo

Chapter 18. Augmentative and Alternative Communication 
Margaret Vento-Wilson

Chapter 19. Adults with Acquired Neurologic Disorders 
Jennifer A. Ostergren and Carley B. Crandall


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