Serving Families of Diverse Cultures

Lori Rowan, Rosemary Vander Meyden, Connie Pehrson, Senta Amos-Greene, Joanne Knapp-Philo, Alfreda Turner, Rebeca Valdivia

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Summary:

This monograph is designed for service providers who are providing early intervention services to families of diverse cultures. It contains ideas and suggestions for cultivating cultural awareness and sensitivity. The monograph is divided into five sections. Section 1, "Personal Stories from Service Providers: `A Bouquet of Experiences,'" contains stories from providers who have worked with and interacted with families of diverse cultures. Section 2, "Bridging the Cultural/Diversity Gap Between the Family and the Service Provider: Using the Diversity Wheel," describes the Diversity Wheel and how it can be used to improve cultural sensitivity and diversity awareness. Section 3, "Respecting Cultural Diversity When Gathering Information," describes six principles to assist providers in respectfully gathering information from families of diverse cultures. The next section, "Reflecting Culturally Responsive Practices During the Assessment Process," provides practical strategies that support best practices in assessing young children of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds with disabilities. The last section, "Considerations in Providing Sensitive and Appropriate Programming for Linguistically Diverse Families," contains information in a number of areas including the following: the language used by the service provider, use of bilingual service providers, translating written materials, curriculum strategies, introducing mainstreamed practices, and involving family members in home visit interactions. The monograph contains 36 references in total. 

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Bibliographic Information:

Lori Rowan, Rosemary Vander Meyden, Connie Pehrson, Senta Amos-Greene, Joanne Knapp-Philo, Alfreda Turner, Rebeca Valdivia. Serving Families of Diverse Cultures (1999). Hope Publishing Incorporated: North Logan, UT. (126 pages).

Sponsoring Agency: United States Department of Education

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material

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Hope Publishing Incorporated
1856 North 1200 East
North Logan, UT
84341

Phone: (435) 245-2888
Fax: (435) 245-2888

Email: hope@hopepubl.com
URL: http://www.hopepubl.com/

Languages Available: English

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Intended User Audience:

The intended user audience is all professionals in the early intervention field - from all disciplines and of all levels of experience. 

Product Development:

The three editors of the book are research instructors at Utah State University at the SKI HI Institute, a division of the Department of Communicative Disorders. They wrote the book in collaboration with authors and researchers in the fields of early intervention and cultural diversity. Developers were Hispanic, European American, African American and Native American. 

Product Evaluation:

The book has not been field tested or evaluated. 

Product Dissemination:

Several hundred copies have been distributed throughout the U.S.A.

 

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