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ERIC Number: EJ962925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1525-7401
Speech-Language Pathologists' Preparation, Practices, and Perspectives on Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
Guiberson, Mark; Atkins, Jenny
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v33 n3 p169-180 May 2012
This study describes the backgrounds, diversity training, and professional perspectives reported by 154 Colorado speech-language pathologists in serving children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. The authors compare the results of the current survey to those of a similar survey collected in 1996. Respondents reported that they were comfortable working with racially and culturally diverse students, but they felt less competence when working with linguistic minorities. They also reported using standardized English assessment less frequently with CLD students and reported using professionals for interpretation more often than family members. However, respondents also reported less confidence when using interpreters and reported that they had challenges in accessing interpreters. Challenges included a shortage of appropriate assessment tools and a lack of normative information about language development in linguistically diverse children. Based on these results the authors describe implications and future directions to continue to improve services to children from CLD backgrounds. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act