Attitudes, beliefs, and confidence of speech-language pathologists when working with English Language Learners with communication disorders.
Caruso, Krista R.
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SubjectSpeech therapy -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.; English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers.; Speech -- Study and teaching.
Research has shown a self-reported lack of training by Speech-language Pathologists (SLPs) regarding working with English language learners (ELLs) with communication disorders. Along side this lack of training, SLPs are identifying specific problem areas encountered when working with the ELL population, as well as a desire for more training opportunities. This study examined Western New York SLPs attitudes and beliefs regarding the confidence they feel when working with the ELL population, as well as their background knowledge and prior training on specific topics pertinent to ELLs via an online survey. Further, a case study was conducted analyzing the participating SLPs’ practice and identified problem areas encountered with regard to ELLs. Overall, findings identified problem areas self-reported by SLPs that were congruent with the current literature in the field. Largely, findings also indicated that more training in practicum areas that relate to working with the ELL population is desired and important to SLPs. A compiled resource booklet was created for information including best practices and language resources with regard to optimal service delivery in an effort to increase knowledge and confidence when working with the ELL population. Implications and suggestions for further research are discussed with regard to SLPs and their practice when providing service delivery to the ELL population on their caseloads.
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