As the demographics of our caseloads continue to diversify, clinicians are charged with evaluating and treating in a way that takes culture into account to be able to plan support, improve, and deliver services in a culturally respectful and appropriate manner.
Join Dr. Kyomi Gregory-Martin, Associate Professor at Pace University in this discussion on culture, cultural competence, responsiveness, and cultural capability. Content around linguicism/accentism will be discussed so that clinicians can be aware of the impact of these concepts on the assessment and treatment of speakers of African American English.
Dr. Kyomi Gregory-Martin is a speech-language pathologist and Associate Professor at Pace University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University at Buffalo, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from SUNY-New Paltz with a minor in Black Studies and Linguistics. She has been a practicing clinician for the last 15 years working with both children and adults. Dr. Gregory-Martin worked for the New York City Board of Education in Brooklyn, New York prior to entering her PhD program. Her research interests include child language acquisition and assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, parent/teacher training and prevention models in speech-language pathology, inter-professional education, and regional dialect differences. She is currently the Associate Coordinator for the coordinating committee for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Special Interest Group (SIG) 1, Language Learning and Education.
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Kyomi Gregory-Martin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP received a speaking fee from Bilinguistics.
Non-Financial Disclosure: None to disclose
The language and dialect of the client is one aspect of the patient’s culture. Clinicians are required to plan support, improve, and deliver services in a culturally respectful and appropriate manner. This presentation will discuss how to provide culturally informed assessment and treatment for speakers of African American English.
Clinicians charged with evaluating and treating must take the client’s culture into account. As the demographics of our caseloads continue to diversify, there is an ever-widening gap between workplace demands and the cultural-linguistic backgrounds, interests, and needs of our clients. This presentation will include discussion on culture, cultural competence, responsiveness, and cultural capability. Content around linguicism/accentism will be discussed so that clinicians can be aware of the impact of these concepts on the assessment and treatment process.
The accurate identification of impairment to drive appropriate intervention and effective intervention for all speakers is the goal of a skilled speech-language pathologist, and while an abundance of research and well established developmental norms have made accurate identification of impairment more likely when assessing speakers of the most widely spoken variety of English, General American English (GAE), the same cannot be said for African American English (as well as other varieties of English), for which an abundance of empirically researched developmental trends/norms does not yet exist (Pearson, et al. 2014; Tomblin et al., 1997).
Having a refined understanding of disorder within dialect/linguistic variety (versus difference versus disorders models) allows clinicians to better conceptualize as well as understand their own diagnostic decision making process (Oetting et al., 2016). Responsive care requires a shift in perspective, it also involves appreciating the diversity of our clients. This session will focus on applying cultural responsiveness to assessment and treatment for children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) that speak African-American English.
Define cultural responsiveness and capability
Identify the concepts of linguicism and accentism and how it serves as a barrier to assessment and treatment
Define the concept of “disorder within dialect”
Identify best practices for assessment and treatment when working with clients that speak African-American English
10 minutes Introductions and Disclosures 15 minutes Define cultural competence, humility, responsiveness, and capability 10 minutes Overview of linguicism/ accentism 10 minutes Disorder within Dialect 10 minutes Intervention for Children with Developmental Language Disorder that Speak African American English 05 minutes Closing 15 minutes Moderated Question and Answer