Title

Decolonizing speech-language pathology practice in acquired neurogenic disorders

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

25743

Comments

Originally published as:

Penn, C., Armstrong, E., Brewer, K., Purves, B., McAllister, M., Hersh, D., ... & Lewis, A. (2017). Decolonizing Speech-Language Pathology Practice in Acquired Neurogenic Disorders. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 2(2), 91-99. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG2.91

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Abstract

Indigenous peoples throughout the world, despite being known to suffer from increased risk of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), are marginalised in terms of access to rehabilitation services and have poorer health outcomes than non-indigenous peoples. Speech-language pathology services for indigenous people with aphasia have rarely been discussed in either clinical or research fora in this field, with few guidelines available for clinicians when working with indigenous clients, families, and communities. Exploiting the broad input gathered through the collective problem-solving of a focus group, the paper integrates the input of a group of practitioners and researchers at an international roundtable held in 2016 to generate a “declaration” of issues that need to be addressed regarding aphasia services for indigenous clients with aphasia. The paper aims to promote a transformative approach to service delivery that is driven by decolonizing attitudes and practices, and acknowledges historical, sociopolitical, linguistic, and family contexts as a framework for understanding indigenous clients with aphasia.

DOI

10.1044/persp2.SIG2.91

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