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ERIC Number: EJ791473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0161-1461
Family and Cultural Issues in a School Swallowing and Feeding Program
Davis-McFarland, Elise
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, v39 n2 p199-213 Apr 2008
Purpose: This article presents a rationale for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to provide culturally competent evaluation, diagnostic, and intervention services for children with oral motor, swallowing, and feeding disorders in school settings. There is also a discussion of how changing American public school demographics necessitate the consideration of cultural issues and family-focused approaches to dysphagia services. Method: This article provides an overview of cultural, religious, and health beliefs of several ethnic groups, as well as information on the dynamics and requirements of cultural competence and family-focused intervention. Ethnographic interviewing is presented as a culturally sensitive diagnostic method. Information on structuring a culturally relevant individualized educational program process is provided. Guidance in the use of interpreters and translators is also offered. Conclusion: Attention to cultural and family issues in the diagnosis and treatment of dysphagia in a school setting optimizes the opportunities for successful outcomes and better meets the needs of children and families from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A