1. Exploring Your Own Cultural Identity
This chapter will explore the concept of cultural identity from the perspective of individual experience. Consistent with many professional guidelines, cultural competence requires an understanding of the unique combination of cultural variables (e.g., age, gender, linguistic background, race/ethnicity) that the client and professional bring to their interactions.
2. Your Norm Isn't My Norm: Learning to See Color
This chapter is designed to encourage viewers to identify and appreciate cultural-linguistic differences in their clients. We provide specific examples of key learning experiences from our own practice.
3. Who Are You Calling Privileged?
This chapter introduces the concept of privilege, specifically White privilege, and highlights how school settings tend to privilege American White middle-class culture. We provide explicit examples in terms of background knowledge, learning style, language use, and discipline.
4. The Shift from Color-Blind to Color Competent
This chapter presents five general strategies for becoming a culturally competent SLP: talking explicitly about language variation, finding cultural brokers, building partnerships around shared values, working with children’s strengths/interests, and finding culturally relevant materials. We exemplify each strategy by applying it to two distinct cases from our clinical practices.