Can We Talk? Anytime there is a gathering of SLPs and Audiologists, you're going to have a hard time getting a word in. We talk. It's what we do; it's what we know. However, there are some things that we don't talk about. Like politics at a dinner party, talking openly about ... Article
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Can We Talk?
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Article   |   August 01, 2013
Can We Talk?
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, August 2013, Vol. 20, 39-40. doi:10.1044/cds20.2.39
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, August 2013, Vol. 20, 39-40. doi:10.1044/cds20.2.39
Anytime there is a gathering of SLPs and Audiologists, you're going to have a hard time getting a word in. We talk. It's what we do; it's what we know. However, there are some things that we don't talk about. Like politics at a dinner party, talking openly about race and ethnicity in our professions has been taboo. A search back through ASHA journals and other publications reveals coverage of issues like Ebonics or African American English, the influence of one's native language on learning English, and a plethora of other issues that are believed to be tangentially related. We have entertained the ideas behind the influence of culture on communication, the influence of socioeconomic status or poverty on language development, and, more recently, the need for cultural competence in the field of communication sciences and disorders. When we have broached the topic, we tend to be very indirect and use terms like culture or background when we are referring to a certain race or ethnicity. But if you look specifically at race and ethnicity of both the clinician and the client, and the potential for influence, we clearly have not gone down that road (at least not very far).
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