Providing Speech-Language Services to Older Populations: The Role of Ethnicity and Acculturation Laura, an experienced speech-language pathologist working in an urban hospital, sat down to review her caseload and dispositions at the end of her work week. Among several other culturally and linguistically different clients, she had seen Rosa, a 68-year-old essentially monolingual Spanish-speaker who was rushed to the emergency room ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2005
Providing Speech-Language Services to Older Populations: The Role of Ethnicity and Acculturation
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  • Henriette W. Langdon
    San José State University, San José, CA
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Article   |   April 01, 2005
Providing Speech-Language Services to Older Populations: The Role of Ethnicity and Acculturation
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2005, Vol. 15, 21-24. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.1.21
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2005, Vol. 15, 21-24. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.1.21
Laura, an experienced speech-language pathologist working in an urban hospital, sat down to review her caseload and dispositions at the end of her work week. Among several other culturally and linguistically different clients, she had seen Rosa, a 68-year-old essentially monolingual Spanish-speaker who was rushed to the emergency room following a concussion; and Jim, a 72-year-old Chinese-English speaker who had sustained a right-hemisphere stroke.
The duties and responsibilities of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are becoming increasingly complex, because of a rapidly growing knowledge of various areas related to the profession and because of the diversity of clients needing services. This paper will address the importance of acculturation and ethnicity in evaluating and treating clients needing speech-language pathology services. First, some demographic and incidence information on the growing culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) number of aging populations in the United States will be reported. Some suggestions on how to utilize a client’s background to ensure adequate services will be provided using the two cases presented above.
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