Cultural Sensitivity and Responsiveness in Neurorehabilitation: A Personalized Approach for Speech-Language Pathologists

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Gloriajean L. Wallace

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Cultural Sensitivity and Responsiveness in Neurorehabilitation: A Personalized Approach for Speech-Language Pathologists is a groundbreaking and transformative resource for designing quality and equitable neurorehabilitation care for individuals from diverse communities. Material coverage is comprehensive, and chapters are user friendly for Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) and SLP students alike. Case presentations are provided (many with accompanying video vignettes) to demonstrate best practices. As our world becomes increasingly more diverse, it is imperative for SLPs to be knowledgeable about and experienced with foundational information relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, implicit bias, intersectionality, and best SLP practices for cases from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. The text culminates with an insightful epilogue with an African American SLP who had a stroke and aphasia sharing her story about the medical and SLP care she received.

The book is organized into seven sections:

Part I: Introduction to Personalized Care sets the stage by introducing the concept of multicultural neurogenics and personalized care. Chapters delve into topics like implicit bias, interprofessional collaboration, and the tools clinicians need for effective case management when working with diverse populations.

Part II: Building a Foundation for Neurorehabilitation in a Multicultural World: Personalization Personified provides practical guidance for SLPs. It covers the preparation for case contact, working with interpreters and translators, and the assessment and management of speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing issues in culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Part III: Specialty Neurogenics Chapters offers in-depth knowledge on various neurogenic conditions such as aphasia, traumatic brain injury, right hemisphere brain damage, the dementias, dysarthrias, and dysphagia within a cultural context.

Part IV: A Sampling of Information About U.S. Census Bureau Racial/Ethnic Groups delves into the unique cultural and communication factors related to various racial and ethnic groups in the United States, including Blacks, Hispanics, Chinese and Asian Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and White Americans.

Part V: Intersectionality examines the intersection of factors that create unique challenges in care, including ethical perspectives for serving LGBTQIA+ individuals, trauma-informed care for marginalized populations, and the cultural aspects of care for the Deaf community.

Part VI: Contributions from Educators and a Look at Neurorehabilitation Care Trends within the U.S. provides insights from academics on diversity, equity, and inclusion in education, designing courses that promote DEI, and current trends in SLP neurorehabilitation.

Part VII presents cases with accompanying videos illustrating best practices in SLP neurorehabilitation care for diverse communities. These cases cover a wide range of scenarios, from collaboration between medical SLPs and interpreters to culturally adapted therapy for older adults and complex management considerations for stroke survivors from the Deaf community. This section ends with a chapter by visionaries from Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America, and North America sharing their insights on bridging the international diversity sensitivity and responsiveness gap, emphasizing the importance of cultural competence in a global context.

Key Features

  • Includes real-world case studies, many with accompanying videos illustrating best practices in SLP neurorehabilitation care for diverse communities.
  • Comprised of 40 chapters by 80 renowned authors from diverse communities, including experienced SLP clinicians, academicians, and researchers; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) specialists; and professionals from the areas of Audiology, Medicine, Psychology and Education.
  • Features content designed specifically for this book, including considerations for individuals with neurogenic disorders who are from the Deaf Community; and trauma-informed care for the unsheltered, and people who have experienced interpartner violence; as well as intersectionality issues.
  • Incorporates perspectives about the value of non-traditional approaches to supplement SLP treatment, health literacy and public health partnerships.
  • Provides information by international SLPs about DEI issues that matter most in their respective countries and thoughts about future neurorehabilitation directions.
  • Includes information from interviews with people with neurogenic communication, cognitive and swallowing disorders from culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the US and abroad, who provide insights into what matters most and how to best achieve personalization of neurorehabilitation care from their perspective.


Part I. Introduction to Personalized Care

Chapter 1. Finding Our North Star: Introduction to Multicultural Neurogenics and Personalized Speech-Language Neurorehabilitation Care for People from Diverse Communities
Gloriajean Wallace
Chapter 2. Implicit Bias
Karen C. Davis and Noma Anderson

Chapter 3. Interprofessional Collaboration and Cultural Competence in Neurorehabilitation
Jeffrey Hecht and Diego Ricardo Báez

Chapter 4. The Multiculturally Competent Clinician’s Toolkit to Effective Case Management and Collaborative Practices When Working with Diverse Populations
Maxine B. L. Starr

Chapter 5. Neuro-Rehabilitation Services to Multiethnic Populations with Communication Disorders
José Centeno

Chapter 6. Race and Outcomes: Implications for Speech-Language Pathologists Managing Adults with Acquired Aphasia
Charles Ellis, Richard K. Peach, and Patrick M. Briley

Part II. Building a Foundation for Neurorehabilitation in a Multicultural World: Personalization Personified

Chapter 7. Preparing for Case Contact
Carol Westby

Chapter 8. Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) Working with Interpreters and Translators in a Medical Setting
Henriette W. Langdon

Chapter 9. Speech, Language, Cognitive, and Swallowing Assessment of Individuals from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations
Gloriajean L. Wallace

Chapter 10. Management of Hearing Loss for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Who Provide Services to Neurogeriatric Populations from Diverse Communities
Jay Lucker

Chapter 11. Treatment of Individuals from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations: Focus Aphasia 
Maria L. Muñoz

Chapter 12. A Journey Towards Communities Health and Wellness in Adult Patients and Their Families: Strategies for Communication Sciences and Disorders Practitioners and Students
Carolyn M. Mayo and Robert Mayo

Chapter 13. Complimentary Techniques to Augment Traditional Speech-Language Pathology Services 
Rebecca Shisler Marshall, Jacqueline Laures-Gore, and Bijoyaa Mohapatra

Part III: Specialty Neurogenics Chapters

Chapter 14. Aphasia
Samantha Siyambalapitiya, Vishnu KK Nair, Frances Cochrane, and Anne Hyang

Chapter 15. Traumatic Brain Injury in Special Populations
C. Coelho, A.S. Davis. S. Key-DeLyria. A. Lindsey, A.T. Maruca, J. Myers, and N.P. Solomon

Chapter 16. Cultural Considerations in the Assessment of Communication After Right Hemisphere Brain Damage
P. Ferre, R. P. Fonseca, Y. Joanette, M.T. Blake, and J. Minga 
Chapter 17. The Dementias
Nidhi Mahendra

Chapter 18. Management of the Dysarthrias: Communication in a Cultural Context
Kathryn Yorkston, Kathryn Lent, Michael I. Burns, and Carolyn Baylor

Chapter 19. Cultural Responsiveness in Dysphagia Practice: Complex Systems
Luis F. Riquelme and Mershen Pillay

Part IV: A Sampling of Information about U.S. Census Bureau Racial/Ethnic Groups
Chapter 20. Blacks and the African Diaspora: Cultural and Communication Factors that Matter Most When Providing Stellar Speech-Language Pathology Care
Gloriajean Wallace

Chapter 21. Hispanics: Richness in Diversity
Silvia Martinez

Chapter 22. Exploring the Diverse Communication and Cultural Landscape of Chinese Americans and Asian Americans: Implications for Healthcare
Anthony Pak-Hin Kong and Lily Li-Rong Cheng

Chapter 23. American Indians and Alaska Natives: Culture, Communication and Clinical Considerations
Ella Inglebret and Rhonda Friedlander

Chapter 24. White Americans: Culture, Communication and Clinical Considerations
Angela Ciccia and Steven J. Cloud

Part V: Intersectionality: Confounding Effect of Factors That Pose Unique Challenges to Care    

Chapter 25. Ethical Perspectives for Serving 2SLGBTQIA+ Individuals with Neurogenic Considerations
Ruchi Kapila and Haley Fulk

Chapter 26. Implementing Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed Care in Acquired Cognitive Communication Disorders: SLP Considerations for Marginalized and Underserved Populations
Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, Kathryn Y. Hardin, and Maya Albin

Chapter 27. Deaf Community: Culture, Communication and Neurorehabilitation
Kristen K. Maul, Daniel Maier, and Laura Curtin

Part VI: Contributions from Educators and a Look at Neurorehabilitation Care Trends Within the United Stated

Chapter 28. Observations About DEI from an Academician’s Perspectives
Diego Ricardo Báez

Chapter 29. Designing Academic and Clinical Courses to Promote DEI Within the Context of Active Learning
Gloriajean Wallace

Chapter 30. SLP Neurorehabilitation Populations Served and Service Trends
Gloriajean Wallace, Rob Mullen, and Karen Beverly-Ducker

Part VII: Interesting Case Scenarios and Practical Clinical Discussions About SLP Neurorehabilitation for People from Diverse Communities

Chapter 31. Collaboration Between a Medical SLP and an Interpreter: A Simulated Case Illustration (with Video)
Henriette W. Langdon and Maxine B. L. Starr (with Hernández Joel Mancla in role of the Patient)

Chapter 32. Virtual Aphasia Group Treatment in a Life Participation Setting (with Video)
Suzanne Coyle and Brooke Hartfield

Chapter 33. Cultural Adaptation of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for a Community of Black Older Adults in St. Louis (with Video)
Whitney Anne Postman, Hisako Matsuo, Kailin Leisure, Rebecca Poche, Tayla Slay, Sydney Rosenthal, and Elena Everhart

Chapter 34. Co-Creating a Culturally Responsive and Trauma Informed Approach for SLPs Working with Adults with Acquired Neurogenic Cognitive-Communication Disorders: A Case Narrative (with Video)
Catherine Wiseman-Hakes, R. Riess, and Maya Albin

Chapter 35. Case of an African American Nonagenarian with Hearing Loss: Assessing Impact and Designing Treatment (with Video)
Gloriajean Wallace and Gloria Valencia

Chapter 36. Complex Management Considerations for a Multilingual, Multimodal Stroke Survivor with Aphasia from the Deaf Community (with Video)
Kristen Maul, Daniel Maier, and Laura Curtin

Chapter 37. American Samoa and the Military: A Case Demonstrating Where Cultural, Language, Rural Geographic Location, and Military Experience Intersect
Pauline Mashima and Shari Goo-Yoshino

Chapter 38. Impact of Aphasia, Complex Medical Profile, Age, and Work Status in a Post Medical Era: Support Needs and Positive Solutions
Gloriajean Wallace, Sasha Mitkovskiy, and Patrick Carey 

Chapter 39. Setting and Achieving Positive Life Participation Outcomes (with Video)
Gloriajean Wallace and Carolina Ulloa 

Chapter 40. Reflections on Neurorehabilitation from Speech-Language Pathology Visionaries Across the Globe 
Gloriajean Wallace, Isamu Shibamoto, Tamaki Onishi, Pauline Mashima, Gerald C. Imaezue, Jacqueline Stark, Sonia Fredericks, and Amy Wong

Epilogue: Nothing About Us Without Us: People with Neurologically-Based Communication, Cognitive and Swallowing Disorders Share Their Thoughts
Gloriajean L. Wallace, Jenell Gordon, and members of the Louisiana Black Adult Neurogenic Group, the San Francisco State University BIPOC Aphasia Group, the National Aphasia Association’s (NAA) Black Aphasia Conversation Group, and Aphasia Vitas (and International Aphasia Group)

Gloriajean L. Wallace

Gloriajean L. Wallace, PhD, MDiv, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Professor Emerita, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati

Adjunct Graduate Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Hawai’i


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