How do I tell my Spanish-Speaking Parents that their Child has an Impairment?

It’s hard enough explaining communication disorders to a parent in your native language when their child is diagnosed with an impairment, let alone when they speak another language.  Questions about how to communicate this delicate information with Spanish-speaking parents come to us often.

“How do I tell my Spanish-Speaking Parents that their Child has an Impairment?

Here are two really good ways to ease the concerns of parents and explain what to expect.  Bookmark this page to share with your Spanish-speakign parents.

1) Printable Handout:  Speech and Language Disorders for Spanish-Speaking Parents

The Center for Parent Information and Resources has a simple 2-page explanation in Spanish that has  A LOT of updated resources.

Trastornos del Habla o Lenguaje (Speech and Language Disorders)

Here are the current information published in English and Spanish web pages.  If you do not speak Spanish, you can open the Spanish page in Google Chrome and choose to translate it.

2)  Video: Answers to Questions for the Most Common Concerns of Spanish-Speaking Parents

Sometimes things get buried on the internet that are really really good but no one knows about them anymore.   A little while back the ASHA Hispanic Caucus created this video to show to Spanish-speaking parents when they are concerned about the communication development of their child.  It answers the most commonly asked questions a parent might have in Spanish.

These resources are great ways to support your conversation with families.  They aren’t substitutes for your interactions with the families, but they will certainly help families to explore more details so they can better understand their child’s diagnosis.

Written by: Scott Prath

2 Comments on “How do I tell my Spanish-Speaking Parents that their Child has an Impairment?”

  1. Maryann Potts August 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    Is there an English translation, so I know what I am giving the parents?

    • Scott Prath August 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm #

      Hi Maryann,
      I took a look and Parent Hub (formally NICHCY) decided to publish this content to a web page rather than a pdf. Probably to keep it more current. They have an English and translated Spanish page that you can toggle between or print from. Per your question I added them to this article. The pdf that is linked is from 2010 but is still really convenient and good. It is broken into Definition, Characteristics, Incidence, Educational Implications, and References. The easiest way to know what is written is to open this page in Google and choose to translate it: https://www.parentcenterhub.org/lenguaje/ (or click back to the English page). Thanks for the question! Scott

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