1st Edition

The Speech and Language Protocol An Assessment Tool for Early Years

By Stephanie LoPresti Copyright 2025
    128 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    128 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This valuable book addresses the common problems faced by speech-language pathologists, offering solutions and strategies for more effective service delivery.

    LoPresti introduces 'The Protocol', a child development-based approach that merges principles from developmental psychology and speech-language pathology. The book covers a wide range of speech and language issues, including receptive, expressive, pragmatic, feeding, and play development, making it a versatile resource for clinicians. It is designed to be easy to use, with movable elements that adapt to a child's progress from short to long-term milestones and goals. It emphasizes the concept of the zone of proximal development, ensuring that clinicians work with clients just above their current level of functioning, leading to meaningful progress.

    Accompanied by downloadable worksheets to assess progress, it will be an essential resource for all speech and language pathologists, particularly those working with young children. It will also be useful to students and educators in the field of speech-language pathology seeking evidence-based strategies for working with clients, as well as healthcare professionals, researchers, and educators interested in child development and language acquisition.

    I. Introduction II. Foundational Information III. Piaget’s Stages IV. Parten’s Social Stages of Play V. Cognitive Milestones VI. Receptive Language Milestones VII. Expressive Language Milestones VIII. Motor Speech Progressions IX. Speech Sounds & Phonological Norms X. Swallowing & Feeding Milestones XI. Social-Emotional Milestones XII. Social Communication Benchmarks XIII. Brown’s Stages of Morphological & Syntactic Development


    Stephanie LoPresti, MS CCC-SLP TSSLD, is a seasoned Certified Speech-Language Pathologist with a decade of diverse experience spanning medical and academic settings. With expertise in conducting comprehensive evaluations and implementing evidence-based interventions, she excels in managing caseloads, supervising clinical staff, and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams. Currently based in the United States, Stephanie's career has seen her impact the lives of clients from infancy to adulthood, specializing in areas such as autism spectrum disorders, dysphagia, and medically complex conditions across various regions including New York, Colorado, and California.

    “This guidebook serves as a very useful service delivery tool for SLPs and other related health care professionals. LoPresti has used her background in psychology to develop the Protocol, focusing on a child development approach using the principles from developmental psychology. This work is highly appreciable.”

    Dr. Ramesh Bettagere, PhD AuD CCC-SLP/A