Book Name: Diagnosis and Evaluation in Speech Pathology 9th Edition
Author: Rebekah H. Pindzola; Laura W. Plexico; William O. Haynes
Pages: 504 / 498
File size: 8 MB
File format: PDF,EPUB
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With this ninth edition of Diagnosis and Evaluation in Speech Pathology, we welcome a new coauthor and invite a new group of students and practitioners to consider the complex and fascinating arena of assessment in communication disorders. For over 40 years, this text has introduced diagnosis and evaluation as a process conducted in the context of an interpersonal relationship between clinicians and clients. This interesting and challenging process is a curious blend of science and art. On the science side, each case requires the clinician to think, solve problems, form hypotheses, gather data, and arrive at conclusions. Assessment, however, is much more than the simple administration of a few psychometrically adequate tests or scales, which takes us into the more artistic side of the process. The diagnostician is much more than a neutral conduit through which test scores pass, and he or she must interact with clients to determine the real effects of communication impairment on their lives. The clinician must be able to interpret scores and measurements in the context of an individual client’s circumstances. Thus, in this edition, we again remind readers that most communication disorders have functional consequences for a person’s life. The World Health Organization continues to emphasize the role of functional effects of disorders in its International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). Third-party coverage in the United States, be it through Medicare or other insurers, also emphasizes functional outcomes, and so our assessment baselines are of critical importance. Another emphasis of the current edition is the ongoing nature of assessment. We must move beyond the notion of a single diagnostic session and think of assessment as gathering baseline data, monitoring treatment progress, determining if generalization has occurred from training, and documenting functional gains in communication in a client’s life
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