8 Reference Books Every SLP Needs

8 Reference Books Every SLP Needs

The 8 books every SLP needs in their private practice library

Whether you're building a private practice or working in the schools, a hospital, or an SNF, don't forget to stock it with the tools you need to do your job well! While your practice may specialize in a specific disorder or part of our field, we need to make sure we stay just as well-rounded and evidence-based in every area- by having the resources available to consult when needed. I've compiled a list of the reference books that have helped me make the most informed decisions I can in my private practice. 
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Note: I do not agree with every single thing on every single page of these books. I believe that their evidence-based portions are more useful as a whole, which is why I am recommending them here. These are books that I personally have on my bookshelf and use in my therapy planning. 


Articulation

 
 
  • Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians by Wayne Secord, Suzanne E Boyce, Robert A Fox, JoAnne S Donohue, and Richard E Shine. If you don't have this from grad school, go grab it immediately! This handy little guide gives you multiple tips to elicit every vowel and consonant in the English language. The spiral bound version is small and perfect for tucking in your SLP bag (pro tip: it fits in all of the inside pockets in my favorite SLP bag, the Victorinox Werks Traveler)

 
 
 
 

Easy-to-Say First Words: A Focus on Final Consonants by Cara Tambellini Danielson, an SLP. 

 
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Bilingual Therapy

 
 

Language

 
 
  • Piecing It Together: A Systematic Approach Toward More Effective Language Therapy by Martha Frimer Cheslow, MS, CCC-SLP. This is a well-researched, concise, and systematic method of addressing language therapy. I have personally struggled with when to address specific goals in language therapy, and this book lays out the sequence in 16 different skill areas, progressing from least to most complex. It includes helpful illustrations and even sample goals. 

 
 

Motor Speech Disorders/AAC

 
 

This is not nearly an exhaustive list of the books that can help us in our private practices, but it's a good start!  

Want even more helpful books? Check out my Reference Books list on Amazon
What books would you recommend that I add? Leave a comment below! 

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