A Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach to AAC

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Gloria Soto, Ph.D.


Speech-language pathologists have identified the provision of services to children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds as a professional challenge. We will discuss the principles of culturally and linguistically responsive AAC practice, and will present a number of strategies to address the linguistic and cultural needs of clients from ‘marginalized or ‘minoritized’ communities, including those in plurilingual communities.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, Psych, Instructional Hours
Audience: Special Education Teachers; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Assistive Technology Specialists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speaker biography: Gloria Soto, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University. She has an extensive publication record in the areas of language acquisition, language use, and narrative development with children/adults who use AAC, as well as cultural and linguistic responsive AAC. She is a frequent presenter at numerous national and international conferences. She is Project Director of a five-year federally funded grant through the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Projects entitled Project Building Bridges, that trains SLPs in the provision of culturally and linguistically responsive AAC.

E-mail: gsoto@sfsu.edu
Website: http://aac.sfsu.edu

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