Preparing Future SLPs for the Clinical World of Cultural-Linguistic Diversity Language use in the United States has become increasingly diverse. One in five U.S. residents speaks a language other than English at home, with over 350 languages spoken in the nation. There is a clear need for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who are culturally and linguistically competent to serve this diverse ... Article
Article  |   December 18, 2017
Preparing Future SLPs for the Clinical World of Cultural-Linguistic Diversity
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Wendy Quach
    Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences, San José State University, San José, CA
  • Pei-Tzu Tsai
    Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences, San José State University, San José, CA
  • Disclosures
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  • Financial: Project Tapestry was funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (H325K150403).
    Financial: Project Tapestry was funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (H325K150403).×
  • Nonfinancial: Wendy Quach has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Pei-Tzu Tsai has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Wendy Quach has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Pei-Tzu Tsai has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Professional Issues & Training / Part 3
Article   |   December 18, 2017
Preparing Future SLPs for the Clinical World of Cultural-Linguistic Diversity
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 82-102. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG14.82
History: Received July 7, 2017 , Revised October 13, 2017 , Accepted October 16, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, December 2017, Vol. 2, 82-102. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG14.82
History: Received July 7, 2017; Revised October 13, 2017; Accepted October 16, 2017

Language use in the United States has become increasingly diverse. One in five U.S. residents speaks a language other than English at home, with over 350 languages spoken in the nation. There is a clear need for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who are culturally and linguistically competent to serve this diverse population. We designed a specialized graduate training program, Project Tapestry, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to meet this need in our community. The project includes workshops on cultures, languages, and counseling for graduate students to work with clients and families with diverse backgrounds. Students also learn about collaborating with interpreters and translators. Project Tapestry prepares future SLPs with the knowledge to diagnose linguistic differences and disorders, sensitivity and awareness to identify cultural differences, and skills to communicate and implement clinical plans that consider cultural-linguistic differences. We will discuss preliminary outcomes of the project.

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