Top 5 Reference Books for SLPs


Anyone else get overwhelmed thinking about tips, strategies, and (gulp) research?! I've searched near and far (AKA all across the internet) to find ways to make the vast amount of information out there seem not so intimidating. These are some of the most useful reference books I've found as an SLP working in the school setting.



Language Disorders from Infancy through Adolescence: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Communicating 
This book has a little bit of everything for a variety of ages. It contains up-to-date information on assessment and interventions for children with language disorders. This book includes tons of research-based information within easy to read summaries, charts, and diagrams. The best part of this book is that is covers such a wide spectrum of ages-- this one book will help you treat patients from birth to high school!

Language Intervention for School-Age Students: Setting Goals for Academic Success, 1e
No more questioning if you're headed in the right direction with your language interventions. My favorite things about this resource is that is gives practical solutions to working on curriculum related language abilities. It connects theory to application in the real-life school setting. This book even gives scripts, sequence of interventions, and frameworks for a variety of topics. If I had to pick one book for language, it'd be this one.


The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists (J-B Ed: Book of Lists)
Lists, lists, and more lists! This book is a great resource to keep handy to pick out vocabulary to work on with your students. Not only does it include synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, similes, metaphors, and idioms... but it also dives into content vocabulary for various subject areas (math, social studies, geography, science, etc.)! This book also gives tons of ideas for working on comprehension, phonics, writing, and spelling.

IEP Goal Writing for Speech-Language Pathologists: Utilizing State Standards
This book is a prime example of great goal writing! If you do not already have a goal bank that you're using (or if you do, but you still want to improve), this is the book for you. It even ties goals in with standards for each grade level in the following areas: vocabulary, questions, summarize, compare and contrast, main idea and details, critical thinking, pragmatics, syntax and morphology, and articulation and phonological processes.


Eliciting Sounds: Techniques and Strategies for Clinicians
I keep this book nearby at all times when I am at work. This book gives ideas for eliciting any and all speech sounds for even the trickiest of students. No amount of googling "How to target the /r/ sound" can give you as much detailed information as this book can-- trust me... I've tried! This is the ultimate book for targeting speech-sound production.


Bonus Resources

These books may not have made the top 5, but are still great resources to keep handy! Here are the runner-ups of must have references books for SLPs.


  • Treatment Resource Manual for Speech Language Pathology
    This book breaks down the most basic aspects of therapy (group size, service delivery model, selection of targets, determining goals/objective, etc.) AND the more difficult areas of therapy (intervention techniques, evidence-based practice, example activities for a variety of areas, etc.). It's a really great comprehensive resource.
  • SpeechPathology.com Digital Membership
    If you're more interested in very specific resources on very specific topics, this may be the best option for you! Search for topics, read short articles, watch videos, and EARN CEUs as you explore speechpathology.com! I have used this site for over 2 years now and it's the quickest and easiest (and most affordable) way to keep up with current research and earn CEUs.



What are some of your favorite reference books? I am always looking for more!

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