You’ve been dreaming up those holiday lists, but do you have anything to make work easier on there? You might want to consider adding a resource book to your growing list! After graduating from graduate school, it became pretty clear the textbooks that I had found to important previously wouldn’t be the actual resources I needed to be a clinical SLP. I reach for a few different books (Eliciting Sound, 40,000 Selected Words, and the Advanced Review I used to study for the praxis) and that’s about it for text books.
This fall, Marshalla Speech and Language reached out with the offer to review their newest book The Marshalla Guide, published posthumously, from Pam Marshalla. Pam’s daughter Shanti is now running their publishing company. Marshalla has been a favorite author of mine since her books helped me treat a lateral /s/ my first year as a school SLP. I agreed and have been offered a copy of her new book for review. The opinions here are all mine. And if you haven’t noticed, I rarely do reviews around here anymore because most of the time, writing a review isn’t worth my time. This time though? I needed this book for my shelf, so I just had to do the review for you too. I do receive a commission if you purchase through my coupon code (below).
The pros? Pretty much anything related to speech and articulation is included. Like most things in our field, the book can’t give you the exact answer to a lot of topics, but I appreciate that Marshalla has shared differing opinions and the research behind the opinions expressed. It’s filled with specific activities for some topics and historical explanations for others. It’s the practical therapy manual you usually love paired with the historical context and full citation list you’re used to in a textbook. You’ll want this for your bookshelf.
What’s included? Let me tell you the parts I perked up to and dog-eared the corners for:
- Page 200 – The first hot-topic I searched for in the book was tongue-tie. Ankloglossia is discussed on page 200 in case you’re looking! A few research articles on speech specifically and feeding are cited. Several books are cited. After reading the passage, the clinician can speak the content and knows where to find more information.
- Page 321 – “A drooling problem is a swallowing problem. The client does not swallow often enough. Frequency of swallowing is increasing by normalising his oral-tactile sensitivity to he can begin to feel when he needs to swallow, and by employing simple behavior management procedures to train him to swallow more often.”
- Page 161 – “This means that the jaw must move in a simple up and down movement pattern to create the basic CV for babbling and early words like mama and dada. While clients with mild articulation deficits and /or phonological impairment generally do not have difficulty moving the jaw, clients with severe motor speech disorders usually do.”
- Chapter 25 – Stimulating the fricated consonants. There are three whole pages with lists of ideas for teaching /f/. Hello, preschool world. “Developmental studies indicated that fricatives tend to emerge first in the final position, then in the intervolcalic, and finally in the initial position. (citation listed) Use words like: bath, off, kiss, push, and ouch.” This section goes on the list multisensory stimulation, association method, successive approximations, contrast method, phonological strategies, and solutions to specific problems. That’s included for each sound!
- Page 432 – From the chapter on Low Cognition and Intelligibility. ” Employ real words. Cognitive input is more important than motor input for the client with cognitive dysfunction. Therefore, the client with cognitive deficit may perform better if real words are used to teach phonemes instead of babbling sequences. This is quite different from the client with apraxia, for example, who usually can benefit from systematic non-speech syllable training first.
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