Exploring the attitudes and practices among student clinicians in India on multilingual issues in the field of speech-language pathology

Indira Valliappan, Roha Kaipa, Sudhin Karuppali

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Student clinicians (graduates and undergraduates) in speech-language pathology deal with various multilingual issues while providing clinical services to individuals with language impairments. This study explores the attitudes and practices of undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology students in India towards multilingualism and handling these issues. METHODS: One hundred and twenty-eight students (71 graduates and 57 undergraduates) participated in the study. Phase 1 of the study included the development of a questionnaire to explore the attitudes and practices of student clinicians in speech-language pathology. The questionnaire was converted into an online survey in Phase 2. Phase 3 comprised data and statistical analysis to summarize and interpret collected data. RESULTS: Graduate and undergraduate students significantly differed in their attitudes and perception toward multilingual issues (p<0.05). Most clinicians demanded a change in the current views on assessment/intervention, considering the linguistic background of the patient/caregivers. Other issues surrounding multilingualism included parents' education levels, lack of sufficient assessment tools, unavailability of translators/interpreters, and poor linguistic competency of clinicians. CONCLUSION: These findings assist academic programs in planning and developing modules to aid students in handling the major multilingual issues encountered during clinical interactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere20220249
Pages (from-to)e20220249
JournalCoDAS
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Speech and Hearing

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