Working With Limited-English-Speaking Adults With Neurological Impairment Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are well aware that communication with limited-English-speaking patients requires more than speaking a common language. Today’s clinical practice requires awareness of the person’s customs, beliefs, and ethnicity. This exchange is further complicated when working with patients with neurological impairment who display changes in language processing, ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2006
Working With Limited-English-Speaking Adults With Neurological Impairment
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  • Luis F. Riquelme
    Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus, Riquelme & Associates, PC, Brooklyn, NY
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Older Adults & Aging / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2006
Working With Limited-English-Speaking Adults With Neurological Impairment
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 3-8. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.3
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2006, Vol. 11, 3-8. doi:10.1044/gero11.2.3
Speech-language pathologists and audiologists are well aware that communication with limited-English-speaking patients requires more than speaking a common language. Today’s clinical practice requires awareness of the person’s customs, beliefs, and ethnicity. This exchange is further complicated when working with patients with neurological impairment who display changes in language processing, cognitive functioning, and/or motor speech production. Much is said about the need for cultural competence and provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, but in reality some clinicians are still practicing our professions the same way they always have, regardless of changes in the demographics of their caseloads. Yet, other colleagues have been searching for appropriate protocols and tools to facilitate the provision of culturally appropriate services to all patients, recognizing the influence of culture and language on the overall effectiveness of their services.
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