City Research Online

The Importance of Cultural Competence for Speech and Language Therapists

Leadbeater, C. & Litosseliti, L. (2014). The Importance of Cultural Competence for Speech and Language Therapists. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 5(1), pp. 1-26. doi: 10.1558/jircd.v5i1.1


Most speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the UK work with children and families from diferent cultural and linguistic backgrounds. here is little research however investigating how they go about providing healthcare that takes into account cultural diferences. his paper will describe a study that aimed to investigate the cultural competence of SLTs in one London Borough. A combination of questionnaires and a focus group were used to generate qualitative data about the knowledge and views of SLTs about cultural competence. A content analysis framework was employed to analyse the data. Our indings suggest that SLTs in one London Borough have their own distinct culture which includes beliefs about their role as SLTs and about the role of parents in therapy sessions. Findings suggest that the SLTs employ a range of culturally competent practices in their everyday work. These indings are discussed in relation to current thinking on cultural competence and models of cultural competence (Purnell and Paulanka, 2003; Papadopoulos et al., 1998).

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: cultural competence; diversity; speech and language therapists
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
SWORD Depositor:
[thumbnail of JIRCD Leadbeater and Litosseliti 2014.pdf] Text - Published Version
This document is not freely accessible due to copyright restrictions.


Add to AnyAdd to TwitterAdd to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to PinterestAdd to Email


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics

Actions (login required)

Admin Login Admin Login