Addressing Less Common Languages via Telepractice: A Case Example With Vietnamese The number of children in the United States who need two languages to communicate in home and school settings is rapidly growing. The challenge to support home and school languages can be daunting considering the shortage of bilingual clinicians and the multitude of home languages in the United States. Telepractice ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2012
Addressing Less Common Languages via Telepractice: A Case Example With Vietnamese
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  • Giang Pham
    Department of Communication Disorders, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Disclosure: Giang Pham has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Giang Pham has no financial or nonfinancial relationships related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   December 01, 2012
Addressing Less Common Languages via Telepractice: A Case Example With Vietnamese
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2012, Vol. 19, 77-83. doi:10.1044/cds19.3.77
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, December 2012, Vol. 19, 77-83. doi:10.1044/cds19.3.77

The number of children in the United States who need two languages to communicate in home and school settings is rapidly growing. The challenge to support home and school languages can be daunting considering the shortage of bilingual clinicians and the multitude of home languages in the United States. Telepractice is one approach to address this challenge, namely by connecting bilingual service providers with language-matched children and families. This article describes a case example of telepractice between a bilingual speech-language pathologist and a Vietnamese-speaking mother–child dyad. This case consisted of a speech-language evaluation and weekly training sessions via web conferencing. The author discusses advantages and limitations to telepractice, and introduces web-based resources for professionals working with Vietnamese-speaking families.

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