Navajo Speech and Language Evaluation: Difference vs. Disorder

Christine B. Vining (University of New Mexico, USA) and Davis E. Henderson (Northern Arizona University, USA)
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 34
EISBN13: 9781799855330|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2261-5.ch002
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The case study highlights the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young Navajo/American Indian children and the importance of alternative assessment procedures to support appropriate diagnoses and recommendations. The case also illustrates systemic issues that result in lack of coordinated care, appropriate diagnosis, and lack of American Indian speech-language pathologists who understand linguistic and cultural differences. The case is based on a typical experience when clinicians who are not familiar with the Navajo language perform speech-language evaluations in Navajo-speaking communities.
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