Cultural Competence for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists - AAQL0401

Cultural Competence for Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists

Communicating Effectively with Patients Who Have Limited English Proficiency

by Suzanne Salimbene, PhD and Laina M. Gerace, RN, PhD and Linda S. Carozza, CCC-SLP, PhD
(4.3 / 250 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Audiology/SLP (0.05 ASHA CEU)

Price: $9.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.50


All speech-language pathology and audiology professionals, whether working in a school, private practice or medical facility in any geographical region of the country, will face more and more situations where they will have to deal with patients who are commonly termed limited English proficient or LEP. While the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has distinct mandates regarding bilingual competencies in differential diagnostic testing, it is equally important that all practitioners increase intercultural competence to deal with families, caregivers and professional peers.


The goal of this program is to improve communication professionals’ ability to care for patients who have limited English proficiency (LEP). After you study the information presented here, you will be able to —
  • Discuss the need for enhanced communication skills across language barriers.
  • Describe strategies for improving communication with LEP individuals and those of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Describe strategies for effective use of interpreters.

Approval Information
This course is intended for speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Course Originally Released on: 12/11/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/11/2011
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/11/2014

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Gannett Education guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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John C - Austin, TX  ·  Mar 10, 2014
Effective presentation of important subject matter
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Cindy W - Rochester, MN  ·  Jan 25, 2014
Information that is very relevant in working with the LEP population including use of interpreters.
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Linda N - Charles Town, WV  ·  Dec 25, 2013
This course was direct and to the point.
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Nadine D - Sewell, NJ  ·  Dec 21, 2013
This course opened my eyes to the importance in communicating with patients. It also brought to me the realization that empathy is essential in the healthcare field. The statistics and information given in the content was very helpful.
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ANNA MARIA R - Columbus, TN  ·  Dec 18, 2013
The information was beneficial.
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Price: $9.00
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