Maria L. Munoz, PhD, CCC-SLP
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Today I received an e-mail asking if I could recommend anything comparable to the Recipe SLP books that addresses treatments for children. So, I decided it was a good day for a review. I should point out that there is a conflict of interest since I publish how-to books. Though it feels a bit like comparing a note I write to a friend to Facebook!
The closest thing I’ve found is Plural Publishing’s “Here’s how…” series. I have skimmed through most of the 8 books in the series and have in front of me “Here’s How to Do Stuttering Therapy” and “Here’s How to Do Early Intervention for Speech and Language: Empowering Parents.” Other topics include dementia, autism, apraxia of speech, speech and language learning, and core treatment skills. The price of each book ranges from about $60-$90.
My general impression of the series is that the books vary greatly in regards to how many pages they devote specifically to treatment. The disorder oriented books generally provide an overview of the communication impairment and assessment practices which are foundational to treatment planning. I noted in some books that the overview accounts for the bulk of the book. However, HHTD Stuttering Therapy covers treatment planning and implementation more thoroughly than some of the other books in the series. Author Gary J. Rentschler overviews treatment for children separately from adults/adolescents as their needs are different. He guides readers through the process of clinical decision making. Dr. Retschler provides sample lesson plans and case examples to assist the reader in applying the information.
The general intervention books, such as HHTD Early Intervention for Speech and Language: Empowering Parents by Karyn Lewis Searcy, are specifically dedicated to treatment planning and implementation. Ms. Searcy provides an overview of early intervention, techniques to help parents facilitate language, and issues related to documentation. I appreciated that Ms. Searcy views both the child and the parents as learners and teaches the reader to do the same. Tables, figures, and case examples are used effectively to provide instructions, illustration, and application for the reader.
Of the books in the series I looked at, I think these two books address treatment most extensively. Since they are not designed to be an in depth look at any single treatment, the descriptions of some treatment approaches are relatively brief which may leave practitioners with questions regarding facilitating use of the strategy and and managing any challenges.
Do you have a go to how-to book you can recommend?