• Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    Happy Aphasia Awareness Month!

    Have you heard about the amazing program at San Francisco State University?

    Their Gray Matter Lab is doing incredible work to support Black communities with aphasia!

    Here's the deal: Black folks are more likely to experience aphasia (language difficulties after a stroke) but often feel isolated in traditional support groups.

    The Gray Matter Lab stepped up! They created a virtual conversation group specifically for Black adults with aphasia, led by Black student clinicians. This culturally-sensitive space is a game-changer!

    Why it matters: Participants finally have a safe space to share experiences, ask for advice, and connect with others who understand. This is HUGE for their well-being and recovery! ️

    The challenge? We need more programs like this! There's a big need to address racial disparities in speech therapy. Let's talk about how to create a more inclusive healthcare system for everyone.

    Read more on the ASHA Leader: https://leader.pubs.asha.org/do/10.1044/2022-0614-black-aphasia-group/full/

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    I feel that this is the best kept secret in our field. Did you know there is a phonemic inventory list that helps us learn the dialectal differences in several different cultures??? You can view them HERE: https://www.asha.org/practice/multicultural/phono/

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    In 2020 after the George Floyd murder, I created an IG post titled "5 Ways to Support Black and Brown Children in Clinical and Education Settings." I repurposed the post into a poster to help service providers and educators better service multicultural children. You can get it here: https://tinyurl.com/supportBIPOCkids

  • Liri

    SLP

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    Website

    Language development in multilingual children comes with its own set of unique challenges and opportunities. In this blog, we delve into effective speech therapy strategies that both SLPs and parents can use to support children who speak multiple languages, helping them develop strong communication skills in all their languages.

    Click here: https://content.liricare.com/unlocking-potential-innovative-speech-therapy-for-bilingual-children/

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    How can we culturally responsive when working with multilingual deaf and heard of hearing adults and children? Check out my conversation with Marlene M. Nero, MS CCC-SLP Here: https://youtube.com/live/voOcTaLfez0?feature=share

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    According to Hyter & Salas-Provance (2023), privilege is "unearned opportunity and advantage given to or made available to certain groups based on identity, such as race, gender and religious background, and maintained by unequal power relations between individuals or groups."

    It's necessary to reflect on how privilege shows up in our lives as service providers. By checking our privilege we can also contribute to equity and equality in our society.

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    My main dharma (life purpose) is helping bridge gaps between cultures so we can live in a more harmonized society. I practice my dharma in SLP by educating healthcare providers and educators on culturally responsive practices! I'm excited to announce by the end of this week I will be a certified Dharma (Soul Purpose) Life Coach, helping professionals across industries create fulfilling careers by living their purpose.

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    Before you can truly serve multicultural populations, you MUST learn about their history, particularly in the country you're serving them in. For example, learning the nuances of African American English should be met with an understanding of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. You can learn more about the history of AAE here: https://youtu.be/K7FIky7wplI?si=bKOdPGZjAKZ8YajB

  • Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    Did you know April is Autism and Neurodiversity Awareness Month? Watch my Youtube LIVE replay with Dr.Karen-Dudek-Brannan, PhD, CCC-SLP on how to conquer executive functioning challenges in the clinical and educational setting HERE: https://youtube.com/live/LjL6zGBomuI?feature=share

  • Spanish language assessment procedures

    Melanie

    SLP

    Verified

    Bilingual Speech Pathologist

    Hi All! I just completed the Spanish Language Assessment Procedures (SLAP) for the first time! Does anyone have a report write up template?