1st Edition

Diagnostic Report Writing In Speech-Language Pathology A Guide to Effective Communication

By Steven Blaustein Copyright 2022

    Designed to improve the report writing skills of speech-language pathology students, communication sciences and disorders students, Clinical Fellows, and professionals alike, Diagnostic Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology: A Guide to Effective Communication is a one-of-a-kind text entirely dedicated to the production of an effective diagnostic speech and language evaluation.

    In today’s academic and health care climate, accurate and clear documentation has never been more important. Diagnostic Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology seeks to demystify and simplify the challenges many students and clinicians face while learning to write speech and language evaluations by combining the science and art of assessment with an effective presentation.

    Dr. Steven H. Blaustein uses his more than 50 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, and professor to logically guide the reader through the necessary steps involved in the documentation of a speech and language evaluation. From discussing the initial reason for the referral and case history to the final summary, impressions, and recommendations, each step of the writing process is clearly explained.

    Topics included in Diagnostic Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology:

    • Speech sound production
    • Oral peripheral examinations
    • Issues of law, fairness, and ethics
    • Critical information for the approval of services and third-party reimbursement
    • Common report writing errors to avoid
    • Images and tables to illustrate the process of documenting a speech and language evaluation

    There is no one-size-fits-all template for documenting an evaluation. Diagnostic Report Writing in Speech-Language Pathology: A Guide to Effective Communication provides the reader with the skills and knowledge necessary to compile an effective professional report that meets the needs of patients, clients, students, and outside stakeholders.


    About the Author

    Foreword by Gary S. Mayerson, JDIntroduction

    Chapter1 Diagnostic Report Writing: Initial Thoughts

    Chapter2 Some Notes on Report Writing Style

    Chapter3 Ethics, Fairness, and Law: An ImporĀ­tant Trio

    Chapter4 A Reason for the Reason for Referral and a Case for the Case History

    Chapter5 Behavioral Observation: That Is All You Need to Do

    Chapter6 Speech Sound Production: Writing Clearly About Clearly Speaking

    Chapter7 The Oral Peripheral Examination: A Mouthful of Description Will Suffice

    Chapter8 Choosing the Language for Documenting Language

    Chapter9 Language Is Not Always Standard

    Chapter10 You Need to Know More: Specific Documentation by Setting

    Chapter11 Summary and Impressions: Time to Put It All Together

    Chapter12 Recommendations and Referrals: What It's All About, So Write It Right

    Chapter13 One More Read: 10 Common Errors in Report Writing to Avoid



    Steven H. Blaustein, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-­Language Pathology from the American Speech-­Language-­Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a Board-­Certified Specialist in Child Language with more than 50 years of clinical experience. He holds a doctorate degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the Gradu­ate Center of the City University of New York.

    Dr. Blaustein’s experience includes 18 years at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York where, in addition to providing clinical ser­vices for ­children and adult inpatients and outpatients, Dr. Blaustein spent 4 years as the coordinator and consulting speech-­language pathologist to the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Disorders Center. He directed a hospital-­based program for speech and language disorders and has consulted for a variety of programs and agencies. This work included completing thousands of evaluations for the New York State Early Intervention Program and numerous preschool programs serving New York City Committees on Preschool Special Education. He continues to advocate for individuals with communication disorders and routinely conducts in­de­pen­dent speech and language evaluations and pre­sents his findings and opinions at impartial hearings and has testified in court. Dr. Blaustein has presented numerous continuing education workshops, seminars, and lectures on vari­ous speech-­ and language-­related topics throughout the United States, including frequent pre­sen­ta­tions at annual conventions of the ASHA. Dr. Blaustein has served on advisory boards for social skills programs and therapeutic schools for ­children with communication disorders. He has had papers published in Neurology and Journal of Communication Disorders and contributed a chapter to ALS: A Guide to Patient Care. Dr. Blaustein reviews assessment instruments and textbooks related to language disorders for vari­ous publishers. His current interests are in the areas of evaluation and diagnosis of communication disorders, autism, social pragmatic language disorders, speech sound production, Early Intervention, and interprofessional education.

    Dr. Blaustein has served as Adjunct Clinical Professor at a number of colleges and universities and is currently a full-­time Associate Professor at the Touro University School of Health Sciences Gradu­ate Program in Speech-­Language Pathology. He continues to maintain a private practice specializing in the assessment of toddlers and ­children.