Dec 04, 2023
SLHS 405 - Multicultural Issues in Communicative Sciences and Disorders
Overview of knowledge and skills needed to competently serve diverse populations with communication disorders. Key topics include: components of culture, linguistic diversity, bilingualism and second language acquisition, health disparities, tenets of least-biased assessment, and culturally valid treatment.
Prerequisites: SLHS 204, SLHS declared major
Possible Instructional Methods: Hybrid Only.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Course Typically Offered: Spring ONLY
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Define the term ‘culture’ and understand key parameters of major US cultures.
- Become aware of the rapidly changing US demographics, related epidemiologic issues, and their impact on the practice of speech-language pathology.
- Explain the Common Underlying Proficiencies (CUP) model of second language acquisition.
- Articulate why culturally competent clinical practice is a core component of ethical practice.
- Define the construct of health disparities and health equity.
- Identify the types of barriers faced by diverse populations in accessing speech-language pathology and audiology services.
- Discuss specific strategies for least-biased assessment and management of communication disorders.
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