5 SLP Books For Your Summer Reading List

SLP recommended books

Relaxing by the pool, sitting in the garden enjoying the fruits of your labor, or just chilling on the couch is absolutely the perfect time to pick up a book (traditional text or audio) you might have been waiting to read. If you don't have anything in mind, here are a few that we found to help enjoy those "lazy" days of summer, and keep your passion for your profession fueled. We hope you enjoy our recommendations for these Speech-language Pathology (SLP) books for your summer reading list!

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey - Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D

My Stroke of Insight

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.
Available through Amazon or Audible.

Still Alice - Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Available through Amazon or Audible.



Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter - Robert Rummel-Hudson

Schuyler's Monster: A Father's Journey with His Wordless Daughter

More than a memoir of a parent dealing with his child's disability, Schuyler's Monster is a tale of a little girl who silently teaches a man filled with self-doubt how to be the father she needs.
Available through Amazon.



Out of my Mind - Sharon Draper

Out of my Mind

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind--that is until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last, Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
From multiple Coretta Scott King Award winner Sharon M. Draper comes a story full of heartache and hope. Get ready to meet a girl whose voice you'll never, ever forget.
Available through Amazon.


Dancing with Words: Signing for Hearing Children's Literacy - Marilyn Daniels

Dancing with Words

One of the foremost authorities on the use of sign language with hearing children provides a guide for teachers and parents who want to introduce signing in hearing children's language development. Marilyn Daniels provides a complete explanation for its use, a short history of sign language and its primary role within the Deaf community, an identification of the steps to reading success delineated with suggestions for incorporating sign language, and finally the results of studies and reactions of children, teachers, and parents.
Available through Amazon.

This article was written by Amy-Lynn Corey

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