Cochran, P.S. (2005). Clinical computing competency for speech-language pathologists. Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

The link above takes you to the publisher's website where you can see the table of contents, request examination copies, etc. The book is also available through other sources such as Thinking Publications and Amazon.

From the review by Joan Tanenhaus, M.A., CCC-SLP, Founder and Executive Director of Technology for Language and Learning. Inc., NY : "The goal of this excellent and comprehensive book is to help speech-language pathologists learn about innovative applications and strategies for using computers in their clinical practice . . . this book is a Must Have for speech pathologists and special educators interested in improving their use of computers as an effective intervention tool."
Closing the Gap, April/May, 2005

From David Beukelman, Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln:
"Paula Cochran has completed a wonderful effort to share with her profession what she has learned about computerized strategies for speech and language practice."

From Barbara Allen, Springfield, Oregon, retired speech-language pathologist and past editor of the SpeechViewer Times: "In my 25-year career as a speech-language pathologist, Dr. Paula Cochran's leadership and coaching in computer technology brought more joy and success to my practice than any other influence . . . [this book] will be an important clinical resource for many years."

After about 20 years of teaching workshops and courses about clinical computing, I finally got all of my ideas, strategies, opinions, and research findings in one place. Students who read my book while taking my class tell me, "Dr. Cochran, I can hear your voice in my head when I read your book." If that's true, then my mission was accomplished.

My first podcast series, Using Computers in Speech/Language Therapy is designed to make this phenomenon happen literally. Based on the same guiding principles as the book, 10 recommended clinical computing competencies, this series is designed from the start with continuing education in mind.

I hope listeners will want to follow up some of the important ideas with further reading and examples, which are available in the book. The combination of podcasts and the book make what I hope is an especially helpful pre-service or in-service/CEU experience.

If you are an instructor, please make sure this book is in your university library! My whole goal is to influence the way pre-service and in-service clinicians use computers routinely with their clients. If you are an instructor or a student who has used the book, I'd love to hear from you.

All author royalties from the sale of the book are donated to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation and the Truman State University Foundation fund for Communication Disorders.


© 2006-2007 Paula S. Cochran, Ph.D., CCCSLP