Speech Therapy Education, Practicum, and Services for Latino Children and Families - Bilingual (Spanish-English) Track in Speech-Language Pathology
Are you bilingual (Spanish/English)?
The number of Spanish speakers has increased throughout the nation, including the Midwest, and this upward trend is expected to continue. According to ASHAs (2009) national survey, only 5.3% of ASHA-certified clinicians speak a language other than English with enough fluency to provide services in that language (2.2% for Spanish).
Have you ever considered using your language skills to help Latino children with disabilities and their families?
The U.S. Census (2010) reports that Latinos are the fastest growing minority population. In addition, while one quarter of other groups populations is under 18 years of age, more than one third of Latinos are within that age range. The United States Department of Education (2010) reports that most of the increases in minority enrollment are due to a concomitant increase in the Latino population; in fact, one in four children in schools is Latino/a, and 80% of English Language Learners (ELL) is Latino. Your skills will thus be highly solicited. Obtaining specialized training in the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to Latino children and their families will help you to better serve this population.
The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences offers a program to fit your skills and interests.
STEPS offers a multidimensional approach to training SLP students to provide appropriate speech-language services to Latino children by providing:
- a research-based academic training which includes courses that focus on serving Latino children and families
- clinical/field experiences with Latino children and families to foster a multicultural perspective and the application of evidence-based practices
- service learning within these academic and clinical training requirements to prepare students in the provision of parent and educational/professional workshops