Tips for Communicating with Parents When You Don’t Speak Their Language

Communicating a child’s success and needs in therapy with parents is one of the most important things clinicians do. It truly is a team effort to generalize successful outcomes from the therapy room and carry them over into the home. This can be complicated when you do not share a language in common with parents. In many schools throughout the country, there can be dozens of different languages spoken in the homes of students and finding ways to help parents access and share information is crucial for continued success. Read More »

Top 4 Resources to Help SLPs that Work With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

More than 21 percent of the U.S. population—or 60.3 million people—speak a language other than English at home, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, and those figures continue to rise. As a result, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the United States are seeing increasing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) clients. The large majority of SLPs practicing in the United States speak only one language, English, and almost all see clients who speak a language other than English or come from a culture that is different from their own, according to a research report published in Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders(CACD). Even bilingual SLPs often encounter students with different language or cultural backgrounds from their own when working in areas with culturally diverse populations.
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6 Summer Activities for School SLPs

Summer is a wonderful opportunity for School Speech Language Pathologists to rest and recharge from the school year. Not only does it provide School SLPs with time to take a break, it is also a great chance to focus on career advancement whether that is continuing education, planning for the upcoming school year or looking for a new job position. From self-care ideas to continuing education, read below for 6 summer activity ideas for School SLPs. Read More »

How Bilingual SLPs Can Support Children During the Silent Period

Learning a second language is a complex process, especially for a child. Second language acquisition is also very individualized. Many factors can affect how a child learns another language, including his or her family experiences, culture and literacy level. As the number of bilingual children grows, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) must learn to differentiate between a language disorder and typical second language development. There may be concerns when new English Language Learners (ELLs) are quiet or silent in the classroom.  SLPs play an important role in determining whether these students are in the “silent period” phase of second language acquisition and how to support them through the process. Read More »

Prepping Students for the End of the School Year

Another school year is coming to an end. As you reach the last few days of class, it’s easy to become distracted by both the excitement of summer right around the corner and the exhaustion that is setting in from a busy school year. We have come up with some great classroom activities to engage you and your students before summer arrives! Read More »

Your Guide To San Juan Accommodations for the Bilingual Symposium

The Bilingual Symposium is less than 2 months away and it’s a great time to start booking your accommodations. San Juan offers a multitude of options so that you can find the perfect fit. Whether you prefer to enjoy the comforts of a hotel or explore the city from a local rental, there are a variety of options to book the perfect place for you. Read More »