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#AmIQualified: I’m an SLP… I know racism is a real issue… what can I do?
Cultural humility expert Dr. Kyomi Gregory shares resources from a special issue of JNBASLH and beyond.
May 12, 2021
We’ve talked about the role of the SLP as it relates to cultural competence, cultural humility, and white supremacy. So what’s next? How do you take action? JNBASLH recently published a series of papers for a special issue titled “Removing the Stranglehold of Racism in CSD.” The title itself might leave you speechless. But you if you are uncomfortable, you need to get comfortable being uncomfortable.
“The professionals that serve these populations must change to meet the needs of their clients. This change is achieved primarily through education.
– Toliver-Smith & Robinson, 2020
“We have a responsibility to take steps to avoid biases in our assessments of children who may not share our cultural and linguistic heritage.”
– Moses et al., 2020
Let’s consider integrating a client’s cultural history into therapy for individuals at risk for dementia. Postman and Slay (2020) discussed the use of reminiscence therapy for individuals with cognitive-communication decline. This type of therapy is designed to focus on past events and experiences of your clients while utilizing past artifacts. This type of therapy can also be done in a group to support collective memory recall. Postman and Slay (2020) describe their adaptation of reminiscence therapy when working with a group of Black elders who were at risk for dementia. The therapy session described in the article focused on the current socio-political climate to facilitate the participants’ community involvement in their communities’ racial justice efforts. The therapy sessions connected with a group of local community activists. This study resulted in a group reminiscence therapy protocol for a program called Senior Social Group for Brain Health as We Age.
“We are at the beginning of a long, and at times, draining process, and this step of making the conversation critical and interwoven into all we do is essential to current and future change
– Stowe, 2021
As a profession, we have the ability to contribute to making systemic changes. We recommend you read some of the articles that we highlighted or at least the articles that feel most relevant to your clinical practice.
Butterfield, V. & Robinson, T.L. (2020). Sustained efforts in racial transformation: A call to action to train students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Davis, K.C. (2020). Me and microaggressions: A Framework for overcoming microaggressions in Communication Sciences and Disorders Academic Programs. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Davis, A.S. & Stanford, S. (2020). Shifting the mindset of racism through cognitive learning styles in communication sciences and disorders. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Hoyns, H. (2020). The need for interdisciplinary collaboration and police training on how to interact with diverse individuals with autism and other cognitive-communication disabilities. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Jessie, A.C. (2021). Coupling degrees, breaking the silence, and seeing what I can be. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Lecointe, K. (2020). Strategic measures to reduce racism & prejudice in higher education. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Moses, N., Reuterskiold, C., & Klein, H.B. (2020). Language sampling and semantics in dynamic assessment: Values, biases, solutions. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Rava, J., Shattuck, P., Rast, J., & Roux, A. (2021). The prevalence and correlates of involvement in the criminal justice system among youth on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2958-3
Stowe, K.D. (2020). Breaking the Silence: Action steps for eradicating racism in CSD. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Toliver-Smith, A. & Robinson, G.C. (2020). A phenomenological study of multicultural/ multilingual infusion in communication sciences and disorders. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Vaugh-Robinson, L. & Jessie, A. C. (2020). Addressing the Effects of Racism in SLP graduate students: The impact of dynamic response approach. National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
Wyatt, J.R. & Mayo, R. (2020). Pathways to the Profession: The UNCG Campamento Hispano Abriendo Nuestro Camino A La Education (CHANCE) program. National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.
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