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Cultural Diversity Toolkit

As your program welcomes more and more culturally and linguistically diverse children, be sure you’re meeting their needs with practical, research-based resources. Click on the links below for articles, excerpts, and video clips from some of our most popular diversity titles. With invaluable guidance and strategies from leaders in the field, you’ll be better prepared to promote meaningful progress for culturally and linguistically diverse children and families.

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What is cultural reciprocity in special education and why does it matter? Introducing the Skilled Dialogue approach
The background and nature of Skilled Dialogue
What makes Skilled Dialogue unique?
3 steps to better assessment for culturally and linguistically diverse children
Special educators: collaborate effectively with diverse families Unique, effective, and field-tested model for positive interactions Resolve behavior challenges with culturally sensitive interactions Reviews of 37 developmental assessments for bilingual preschoolers
A profound reciprocal process for moving from cultural knowledge to cultural wisdom. Bridges what we know from current research to how we can make it real in our practices. Immensely important … answers the question of how to reform schools now and reform them quickly Take[s] the guesswork out of assessment choices.
—Ann Turnbull, Ed.D., University of Kansas —Rosa Milagros Santos, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign —Jacqueline Villarreal Baker, Madison Metropolitan School District —Alison Bailey, University of California Los Angeles
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First Language Loss in Spanish-Speaking Children: Patterns of Loss and Implications for Clinical Practice Supporting Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Early ChildhoodHow to work with an interpreter What are some common misconceptions about the needs of internationally adopted children? 3 steps to better assessment for culturally and linguistically diverse children
SLP text on bilingual speakers, from 25 leading researchers Great training DVD on improving cross-cultural competence Better outcomes for internationally adopted children Bestselling text on culturally competent service delivery
Provides [SLPs] with content to advance their skills [and] contribute to their confidence and success. With 15 printable resources: blank planning forms, learning activities, guidelines for working with interpreters, and more! Honest and empirical review of the development and status of children who were adopted internationally. Required reading . . . we all need to deepen our understandings of the role of culture in our professional lives.
—Joy Coulis, M.S., CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist —Mary Jo Noonan, Ph.D., University of Hawaii, mother of 2 internationally adopted children —Linda M. Espinosa, Ph.D., author and consultant
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What are some myths about dual language development? Try these tips to support dual language learners at 5 key points of the day 3 steps to better assessment for culturally and linguistically diverse children Where Do We Go from Here to Help CLD Families and Youth with Disabilities in the Transition Process?
SLPs: support young bilingual children & address language disorders Improve the school readiness of preschoolers learning two languages The fundamentals of six alternative assessment methods The how-to guide to culturally responsive transition planning
Expertly review[s] and integrate[s] current research on bilingual language development A very important step towards the improvement of the educational outcomes of young DLLs. An extremely useful resource in planning, implementing, and using assessment information. Teaches us how to approach families with sensitivity, understanding, and respect.
—Jeff MacSwan, Ph.D., Arizona State University —Cristina Gillanders, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill —Jennifer Grisham-Brown, Ed.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington —Susan Yuan, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, University of Vermont; parent of a son with disabilities
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4 easy steps to help second-language learners How do you support second-language learners in the classroom?
Complete field-tested training course on working with diverse young children Bestselling book & DVD—support language & literacy development of second language learners
Made me much more aware of what cultural diversity really is and how it affects classroom practices. Provides innumerable practical suggestions, with back-up from research.
—Lynn Young, NBCT, preschool teacher, Raleigh, North Carolina —Fred Genesee, Ph.D., McGill University