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Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Yvette D. Hyter, Marlene B. Salas-Provance
350 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 7 x 10"
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Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is the only textbook to focus on cultural competence in the field of communication sciences and disorders. It is imperative for speech-language pathologists and audiologists to be aware of diverse aspects of globalization, how these aspects may affect service provision, their clients’ lives, as well as their clients’ relationships to service providers. The purpose of this text is to develop the skill of cultural competence.

The text presents a conceptual framework to guide speech-language pathologists and audiologists towards cultural competence by becoming critically engaged users of culturally responsive and globally engaged practices. The text is focused on speech-language pathology and audiology, but also draws from theoretical frameworks in other disciplines for an inter-professional, transdisciplinary and macro practice perspective. This will help students build their own conceptual framework for providing culturally and linguistically responsive services, and to engage with others globally.

Key Features:

  • Case studies to facilitate students’ knowledge and skills regarding culturally and linguistically responsive practices
  • Journal activities and discussion questions that challenge students to use critical and dialectical thinking
  • Real-life activities that students can complete inside or outside the classroom
  • Suggested readings from the current literature in cultural and linguistic responsiveness, cultural competence, and global engagement in order to build knowledge and skills, and to affect student attitudes
  • A PluralPlus companion website with supplementary resources for students and instructors

This important text is intended for courses on cultural competence in speech-language pathology and audiology programs. It is also appropriate for general multicultural courses in speech-language pathology programs. Students in speech-language pathology programs are required to gain knowledge and skill competencies pertaining to culture, cultural competence, cultural bases of normal and impaired communication development, cultural correlates of various developmental and disordered categories, and cultural/linguistic backgrounds and influences of clients and their families. This textbook may also be used as supplemental material in language acquisition courses in communication sciences and disorders programs, and in special education courses that teach special education teachers about working with children who have communication disorders.

“The content matter is not only accurate but a much-needed addition to coursework in communication disorders. Too often information presented about diversity is from a deficit perspective or a checklist about working with diverse families based on race or ethnicity.
The information presented is an excellent way to infuse multicultural/diversity into every aspect of classes on communication and communication disorders. There is not another text like this for our field. I would definitely recommend it as well as purchase it to use as a part of the classes I teach. I would just like to thank the authors of this book for putting this text together, it is a needed source of information for this profession.”
--Janice M. Wright MA CCC-SLP
Assistant Clinical Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Ohio University

“I like the case studies at the beginning of several of the chapters. The students will be intrigued with these and they will be motivated to complete these to apply what they are learning. They are wonderful opportunities for small group and class discussion. There are thoughtful exercises designed to facilitate self-discovery on the part of the student, particularly the one asking the students to develop a plan for moving along the continuum of cultural competence.”
--Laura B. Willis, M.C.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Communication Disorders, Auburn University

"I appreciate that the authors view the topic of the development of cultural competency as a lifelong endeavor and encourage the student to strive to continue to learn beyond the course. Further readings are provided for the students, which is a plus.

The authors lead the student into realizing that there are multiple world views, using concrete examples, in a respectful, non-threatening way. The activities, and discussion questions included for each chapter are a definite strength.

I believe this book would add an important component to the teaching of my linguistic and cultural issues in CSD course, especially since it educates students about issues and their impact.

I really like this book and feel that it fills a gap in student education at this time. Textbooks today tend to be centered on highlighting the cultures of different groups, with chapters organized accordingly. This text explores the guiding principles, concepts, and practices of working with clients and their families from these groups. Our students, as well as practicing clinicians without a strong background in multicultural issues, could well benefit from this practical knowledge."
--Grace E. McConnell, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Rockhurst University

“This book is easy to read, provides clear definitions, opportunities for self-reflection (for both the instructor and student), and provides relevant, real-world examples that are recent and relatable to the reader.”
--Stacey Wallen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Clinical Associate Professor
Educational Psychology, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Georgia State University


Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Definitions
Chapter 3. Theoretical Frameworks about Culture and Cultural Responsiveness
Chapter 4. Culture and Power
Chapter 5. Culture and Language
Chapter 6. Culture and Hearing Health
Chapter 7. Building Ethnographic Skills
Chapter 8. Culturally Responsive Research
Chapter 9. Working with Interpreters
Chapter 10. Culturally Responsive Assessment
Chapter 11. Culturally Responsive Intervention
Chapter 12. Global Engagement, Sustainability and Culturally Responsive Practices


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