Latina Mothers' Perceptions and Experiences of Home-Based Speech and Language Therapy Purpose Positive experiences in early intervention are vital for families to feel supported when addressing the speech and language needs of their children. However, when a speech-language pathologist (SLP) provides home-based services, Latino families may either embrace them or find them intrusive. How families view these services may ... Article
Article  |   August 17, 2018
Latina Mothers' Perceptions and Experiences of Home-Based Speech and Language Therapy
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Giselle Núñez
    The University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Education, Chicago, IL
  • Marie Tejero Hughes
    The University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Education, Chicago, IL
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  • Financial: Giselle Núñez has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Marie Tejero Hughes has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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  • Nonfinancial: Giselle Núñez has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Marie Tejero Hughes has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Giselle Núñez has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Marie Tejero Hughes has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Part 2
Article   |   August 17, 2018
Latina Mothers' Perceptions and Experiences of Home-Based Speech and Language Therapy
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 40-56. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.40
History: Received June 15, 2017 , Revised April 11, 2018 , Accepted June 18, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 40-56. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.40
History: Received June 15, 2017; Revised April 11, 2018; Accepted June 18, 2018

Purpose Positive experiences in early intervention are vital for families to feel supported when addressing the speech and language needs of their children. However, when a speech-language pathologist (SLP) provides home-based services, Latino families may either embrace them or find them intrusive. How families view these services may differ based on their own knowledge and participation with the SLP. This study explored 5 Latina mothers' perspectives and experiences of their home-based speech and language services during early intervention. During this exploratory qualitative study, the mothers participated in 2 interviews that examined their experiences with receiving home-based early intervention speech and language services.

Conclusion Findings revealed 4 themes that influenced each family's experiences: (a) bilingual support provided by a monolingual or bilingual SLP or interpreter during sessions, (b) insightful strategies taught by the SLP to interact at home with their child after sessions, (c) clear explanations about the paperwork and purpose of services provided, and (d) respect for family wishes when offering advice or feedback.

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