This course explores factors that diminish the cognitive capacity of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) students, including poverty, racism, and discrimination based on socially marginalized identities, including disability. The COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest have created a daily reality of uncertainty, taking up a lot of bandwidth. Although these issues affect everyone in some way, they impact marginalized groups with greater severity. In this course, the speakers share ideas for the classroom and clinical environments to provide instructors and clinical supervisors with practical strategies to help students recover the bandwidth they need to learn and thrive. Speakers discuss the clinical implications of welcoming a diverse group of students into CSD programs and ways to support them.
This course is part of the SIGnature Series, a collection of courses developed by volunteers from ASHA’s Special Interest Groups, who share practical, evidence-based suggestions and solutions based on their in-depth knowledge, clinical experiences, and passion for their specialty areas. This course was developed by SIG 10: Issues in Higher Education.
You will be able to:
- Discuss how bandwidth influences students’ ability to learn and thrive in the college classroom and clinical environments
- Discuss the importance of recognizing the strengths (funds of knowledge) students with marginalized identities bring to the classroom and clinical environments
- Identify and practice evidence-based interventions that improve students’ ability to regain bandwidth
DEI Professional Development Requirement
This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.
More Courses in This Series
View all the SIGnature Series courses, available through the ASHA Learning Pass subscription or for a la carte purchase.
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.