Special Interest Group 17 - Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders

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History and Collaborative Efforts in  the International Cluttering Association
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 17) articles present a collaborative initiative of the Committee of International Representatives of the International Cluttering Association. Reichel et al., discuss the initiative that began with the Inaugural Joint World Congress in Japan in 2018. Van Zaalen and Reichel present and discuss the auditory-visual feedback training methodology. Gosselin and Ward affirm that cluttering is a fluency disorder that is mainly characterized by an abnormally rapid or irregular rate of speech. Their pilot study expanded the evidence base by using a Stroop Task to investigate attention performance in people with cluttering. Hilda Sønsterud discuss the term working alliance as an important concept in cluttering and stuttering therapy and describe the degree to which the therapy dyad is engaged in collaborative, purposive work.
Global Initiatives: Considerations for Best Practice
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
These Perspectives (SIG 17) articles discuss different aspects of international practice, including work with immigrant and refugee families. Baigorri, Crowley, and Bukari provide a service delivery model for speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and professionals working in low-and middle-income countries. Chakraborty, Schwarz, and Vaughan discuss a major consideration for ASHA to cultivate cultural sensitivity and competence in its largely female (95.30%), monolingual (93.46%) and white (92.10%) workforce. Chu et al., discuss the challenges that SLPs face when providing speech and language therapy in Malaysia and issues that need to be addressed for continued growth of this profession. Maldonado, Ashe, Bubar, and Chapman explore the experiences of monolingual, American, English-speaking SLPs and Clinical Fellows who worked with immigrant and refugee families within a preschool context. Staley et al., consider the literature on international student placements to contextualize and describe a 10-year relationship which enabled speech language pathology students in their final year of study at a Canadian university to complete a 10-week clinical placement with a non-governmental organization in Kenya.
Perspectives, SIG 17, Vol. 3, Part 2, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
Blake and McLeod describe the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF’s) purpose, development, contents, and coding. This article discusses the framework used by speech-language-pathologists and audiologists in practice and research to investigate body structures/functions and restrictions these may place on an individual’s ability to participate in activities. McNeilly confirms the need for ICF to become an integral part of clinical preparation providing insight regarding functional clinical outcomes of individuals, maximizing habilitation and rehabilitation outcomes. Ma discusses how the ICF is used to support clinical research, practice and education in Hong Kong with the hope of more global efforts by researchers and clinicians. Papathanasiou describes the principles of the ICF framework, encouraging the early introduction to students, using a framework for course curriculum, clinical competencies, and interprofessional education. Enderby discusses how the ICF is used to develop an outcome measurement approach, Therapy Outcome Measure, with application in a research study.
Perspectives, SIG 17, Vol. 3, Part 1, 2018
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
The authors showcase five concepts of international service. Randazzo and Garcia discuss sustainable practices used in an international services model describing an interprofessional services delivery model for service provision in a resource-poor, rural Cambodia. Plumb and Willis examine students’ perceptions of study abroad between Auburn University, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Campos, Skiados, and Flynn author a discussion of the status of male speech-language pathologists in international speech-language pathology associations, including a review of male recruitment efforts. de Diego-Lazaro authors a description of measuring cultural competencies in speech and language pathology students, introducing the Cultural Awareness and Competence Scales, a new tool to assess cultural awareness. Harten, Franca, Boyer, and Pegoraro-Krook describe the international alliances developed to better equip students and professionals with skills for practicing in a changing world. Waterston, Duttine, Roman, and Caesar provide an update to The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association- Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (ASHA-PAHO/WHO) partnership with a description of the WHO Rehabilitation 2030 initiative in The ASHA-PAHO Partnership: Progress, Future Plans and connecting to WHO Rehabilitation 2030.
Perspectives, SIG 17, Vol. 2, Part 2, 2017
Format(s): SIG Perspectives and Exam
This Perspectives addressed a variety of service delivery and training models in Zambia, Cambodia, India, and Rwanda respectively. The overarching concept of international interprofessional education and practice is demonstrated through the various approaches to education, clinical training, and service delivery

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