Yvette D. Hyter ; Marlene B. Salas-Provance
The only textbook available that does so, Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is unique in that it takes a fresh approach to the topic of cultural competency within the context of the study of communication sciences and disorders. It is vital that speech-language pathologists and audiologists are aware of the various facets of globalization, including how these aspects may affect their own knowledge, strengths and biases, service provision, the lives of their clients, and the relationships between service providers and their clients. This text was written with the intention of fostering the production of new knowledge as well as the growth of attitudes and abilities that can lead to the development of culturally sensitive behaviors.
The text provides a conceptual framework to direct speech-language pathologists and audiologists toward cultural competence by becoming critically engaged users of culturally responsive and globally engaged practices. This is accomplished through the employment of “culturally responsive” and “globally engaged” practices. Although the primary focus of the text is on speech-language pathology and audiology, it does make use of theoretical frameworks from other fields in order to provide an inter-professional, transdisciplinary, and macro practice perspective, making it suitable for other allied health professions as well. With the use of this material, students and professionals will be able to construct their own conceptual framework for the provision of services that are culturally and linguistically responsive, as well as for engaging with others on a global scale.