The updated edition of this useful textbook prepares students for clinical practice in communication disorders. It covers all of the topics mandated by the American Speech - Language Hearing Association for beginning clinicians' education. These topics include: traditional and innovative assessment and intervention, service delivery models, ethics, multiculturalism, professional settings, and public policy affecting clinical practice. The material, written by practicing clinicians, is directed at use with patients with a broad range of disorders and developmental levels. The accessible, conversational tone will also appeal to professionals looking for a handbook. New to this edition is a chapter on evidence-based practices, a greater emphasis on multicultural aspects of service delivery, more specifics on treatment, and more clinical case studies.