Growing Diversity in our Schools—Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists With the public school population becoming more diverse, speech-language pathologists are becoming more aware of the importance of being sensitive to the cultural and linguistic differences in their students. This article will discuss ways of adapting procedures for assessment, intervention, and collaboration with parents as we work with these culturally ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2003
Growing Diversity in our Schools—Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists
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  • Ann Derr
    Early Childhood Intervention Services, Saint Paul Schools, Saint Paul, MN
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Articles
Article   |   July 01, 2003
Growing Diversity in our Schools—Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2003, Vol. 4, 7-12. doi:10.1044/sbi4.2.7
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, July 2003, Vol. 4, 7-12. doi:10.1044/sbi4.2.7
With the public school population becoming more diverse, speech-language pathologists are becoming more aware of the importance of being sensitive to the cultural and linguistic differences in their students. This article will discuss ways of adapting procedures for assessment, intervention, and collaboration with parents as we work with these culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students on our caseloads.
As experts and advisors in communication, we can facilitate support of our students’ home language(s) in a variety of ways. Of course, directly telling parents that they need to continue to speak the home language with their children if they want them to be bilingual is one such way. We also can value the home language by having books available at school in the languages of our various students, by bringing in guests from different cultures to talk with staff and students, and by having toys and familiar objects from different cultures in our rooms.
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