Cultural Considerations for Speech-Language Evaluations

1 hour
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Learn about the cultural parameters of the Latino community and understand how these parameters can influence the assessment of Latino children.

Cultural beliefs influence how clients describe health problems, the manner in which they communicate their symptoms, who they seek for provision of health care, how long they remain in care, and how they assess the care provided.


This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Professional area, Intermediate level).



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Clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds comprise almost 35% of speech-language pathologists’ caseloads across employment settings (ASHA survey, 2000). Among this group of individuals, Latinos are the fastest growing racial/ethnic minority group in the United States. As this population grows, the number of Latinos on SLPs’ caseloads is growing, as well as the need for information on how to best serve this population.

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain common cultural parameters of the Latino community
  • Describe the importance of developing intercultural knowledge and skills in order to optimize identification
  • List the nine parameters that can be used to characterize cultures
  • Identify ways to facilitate successful evaluations by being responsive to cultural differences.

FINANCIAL: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. NONFINANCIAL: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

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