About The Book

Working with Families in Speech-Language Pathology links research to clinical practice with studies of parents’ perceptions of their involvement in their child’s intervention, and their relationship with the speech-language pathologist (SLP) being used to inform clinicians of the most effective ways of interacting with and involving parents in intervention. A series of chapters covering the evidence base of effectiveness of parent and family involvement in different areas of SLP clinical practice also inform readers of what methods of parental involvement have been proven to increase child and family outcomes. Sections on practical tips for involving families and individual case studies facilitate the readers’ knowledge of how to use family-friendly principles in practice.

From the Foreword

“If I were a student today, I would want Working with Families in Speech-Language Pathology as a textbook. For a clinician, educator, or researcher Working with Families is an invaluable reference. The editors and authors are experienced clinicians and fine writers, and they have assembled an outstanding international cadre of chapter authors. The first part of the text provides an excellent description of the editors’ theoretical framework. The second and main part consists of eight strong chapters, each focusing on a particular child population, including family issues arising in the care of children with language impairment, speech impairment, stuttering, AAC devices, dysphagia, hearing loss, and emergent literacy. Working with Families in Speech-Language Pathology has something for everyone. Whether as a textbook or a reference, it is an excellent resource that likely will be read and reread for a long time to come.”
Ken M. Bleile, PhD

About The Authors

Dr. Nicole Watts Pappas is an adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University, as well as a speech pathologist at the Upper Mt. Gravatt Children’s Development Centre. She recently completed her PhD in working with families in intervention for phonological impairment. Dr. Watts Pappas is the recipient of a number of grants, including the Mitchellsearch Grant, Nadia Verall Memorial Grant, and a Charles Sturt University Scholarship. Dr. Watts Pappas was Associate Editor of Speech Pathology Australia’s clinical journal titled, ACQuiring Knowledge in Speech Language and Hearing in 2004 and a member of the editorial board for three years. Dr. Watts Pappas has spoken extensively on the subject of working with parents and families, presenting at both national and international conferences, including the American Speech and Hearing Association convention, the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics conference, the Asia Pacific Conference on Speech, Language and Hearing, the Early Childhood Association conference, and the Speech Pathology Australia conference. In 2006 Dr. Watts Pappas was invited to co-present a Speech Pathology Australia workshop on forming partnerships with parents in speech-language pathology intervention. Dr. Watts Pappas is the author of book chapters on working with parents and families in The International Guide to Speech Acquisition and Children’s Speech Sound Disorders. In addition to her research Dr. Watts Pappas has 11 years of clinical experience working with parents and families in intervention for young children, and to ensure the clinical applicability of her research, continues to work in a community health clinic.

Sharynne McLeod is a professor of speech and language acquisition at Charles Sturt University, Australia. She is an elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Speech Pathology Australia and is the Vice President of the International Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics Association. Professor McLeod is editor of International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and has published many books and journal articles. Professor McLeod was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for her “sustained dedication, innovation and enthusiasm in university teaching that has had local, national and international impact”.

Table Of Contents

  • Foreword – Ken M. Bleile
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contributors
  • Part I.
    • 1. Models of practice in speech-language pathologists’ work with families
      Nicole Watts Pappas, Sharynne McLeod and Lindy McAllister
    • 2. Speech-language pathologists’ and other allied health professionals’ perceptions of working with parents and families
      Nicole Watts Pappas and Sharynne McLeod
    • 3. Parents’ perceptions of their involvement in pediatric allied health intervention
      Nicole Watts Pappas and Sharynne McLeod
  • Part II.
    • 4. Working with families of young children with communication and language impairments: Identification and assessment
      Elizabeth R. Crais
    • 5. Working with families of young children with communication and language impairments: Intervention
      Luigi Girolametto and Elaine Weitzman
    • 6. Working with families of children who stutter
      Ann Packman and Marilyn Langevin
    • 7. Working with families of children with speech impairment
      Nicole Watts Pappas and Sharynne McLeod
    • 8. Working with families of children who use AAC
      Julie Marshall and Juliet Goldbart
    • 9. Working with families of children with dysphagia: An interdisciplinary approach
      Bernice A. Mathisen
    • 10. Working with families of children with hearing loss
      Alice Eriks-Brophy
    • 11. Working with families of young children to facilitate emergent literacy skills in young children with language impairment
      A. Lynn Williams and Martha J. Coutinho

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