Competencies for Effective Global Engagement: A Proposal for Communication Sciences and Disorders The consequences of globalization include advances in technology and greater interactions among nations, as well as unpredictable world events and high levels of voluntary and involuntary movement of groups of people across national borders resulting in demographic shifts throughout the world. Also, due to globalization, professionals such as speech-language pathologists ... Article
Article  |   April 18, 2017
Competencies for Effective Global Engagement: A Proposal for Communication Sciences and Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Yvette D. Hyter
    Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • T. Rosario Roman
    Founder & President of Bilingual Multicultural Services, Inc., Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Bea Staley
    Lecturer in Special Needs and Inclusive Education, School of Education, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Bradley McPherson
    Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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  • Financial: Yvette D. Hyter has coauthored a forthcoming book entitled, Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. T. Rosario Roman has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Bea Staley has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article.
    Financial: Yvette D. Hyter has coauthored a forthcoming book entitled, Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. T. Rosario Roman has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Bea Staley has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant financial interests related to the content of the article.×
  • Nonfinancial: Yvette D. Hyter has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. T. Rosario Roman has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Bea Staley has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article.
    Nonfinancial: Yvette D. Hyter has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. T. Rosario Roman has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of this article. Bea Staley has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article. Bradley McPherson has no relevant nonfinancial interests related to the content of the article.×
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / International & Global / Normal Language Processing / Part 1
Article   |   April 18, 2017
Competencies for Effective Global Engagement: A Proposal for Communication Sciences and Disorders
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 9-20. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.9
History: Received October 8, 2016 , Accepted December 22, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, April 2017, Vol. 2, 9-20. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG17.9
History: Received October 8, 2016; Accepted December 22, 2016

The consequences of globalization include advances in technology and greater interactions among nations, as well as unpredictable world events and high levels of voluntary and involuntary movement of groups of people across national borders resulting in demographic shifts throughout the world. Also, due to globalization, professionals such as speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and audiologists (AUDs) can choose to be employed outside of their home countries. Acquiring global competencies is essential for providing successful services to groups of people from various racial, ethnic, cultural, economic, and national backgrounds. In this paper, we present theories of globalization, a framework for global competencies, proposed global competencies, and argue for the necessity of global competencies to be integrated into pre-professional educational experiences and in the standards of professional organizations. We are well aware that competencies for global engagement may differ for every country context. This article is only an initial step in beginning to outline and define some competencies that SLPs and AUDs need to be effective service providers in this 21st century and beyond, with the hope of provoking an international conversation, and ultimately, a universal list of global competencies that will work for all.

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