SLP Corner: How I Improved My Cultural Competence as a New SLP
[Source: The ASHA Leader Blog]
I often experienced uncertainty and occasionally confusion during my first year practicing speech-language pathology. I worked in an urban area with a wide array of children, encompassing many different races, languages and cultures.
I wondered about many unfamiliar situations and asked myself—and more experienced SLPs—many questions: When treating a child who is bilingual, do I treat everything, when I don’t know the rules of their native language? When a parent didn’t complete home practice, was it their fault or mine?
I felt unsure in several encounters with my clients and their families. What was I missing?
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