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Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and SLP students devote themselves to serving individuals with various communication, swallowing, and hearing disorders across the lifespan. SLPs not only encounter diverse diagnoses, but also diverse ethnicities, cultures, and backgrounds. Significant increases in the number of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals across the United States present a major challenge to monolingual SLPs who are required to serve children and their families from a variety of cultural or linguistic backgrounds (Caesar, 2013). Thus, there is an increase of importance for current and future SLPs to be ready to provide optimal services for clients who represent many backgrounds. An additional key factor to consider is the SLPs level of cultural competence. Cultural competence can be defined as the process through which one develops an understanding of self, while developing the ability to foster responsive, reciprocal, and respectful relationships with others (Battle, 2000). Future and current SLPs can better serve diverse populations when they are aware of their cultural competence, can utilize their knowledge of cultural and linguistic differences to facilitate client-clinician relationship building, and can identify opportunities to value the client’s culture and beliefs in therapy.

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

College

College of Education and Allied Health

Department

Communication Disorders and Deaf Education

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Program

Speech-Language Pathology

Publication Date

Spring 2022

Publisher

Fontbonne University Archives

City

St. Louis, MO

Keywords

Diversity, Hearing Disorders, SLPs, Speech-Language Pathologists, Monolingual

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Viewing Diversity as the Cherry on Top: Culturally Responsive Awareness and Practice Guide

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