Coordinator's Column This issue of Perspectives represents the first in a series of four issues with the theme of Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations through the Lifespan. To begin the series, this issue focuses on aspects of cultural and linguistic diversity within Early Intervention (EI) services. A family-centered service delivery ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   October 01, 2009
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Coordinator's Column   |   October 01, 2009
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Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2009, Vol. 16, 67. doi:10.1044/cds16.3.67
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2009, Vol. 16, 67. doi:10.1044/cds16.3.67
This issue of Perspectives represents the first in a series of four issues with the theme of Serving Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations through the Lifespan. To begin the series, this issue focuses on aspects of cultural and linguistic diversity within Early Intervention (EI) services. A family-centered service delivery model is supported both by best practice and by law in EI, with services often provided in the home. From this vantage point, it is easy to understand the importance of developing relationships with families that are respectful and mindful of their distinct culture and language.
In this issue, we hear from Jaumeiko Coleman from the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice, at the ASHA National Office. Dr. Coleman provides a look at cultural and linguistic factors that may influence treatment outcomes and underscores the need for clinicians' ongoing dedication toward cultural competence. Dr. Coleman offers a thorough explanation of early intervention public policy and the legislation that guides EI services. This will serve as a useful reference when, as clinicians, we may feel as though we need a road map to navigate through the federal rules, regulations and funding sources that provide guidelines for clinical practice in Early Intervention.
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