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Bilingual Speech Language Pathology

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Hola!

Why do I want to be a Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist?

You probably already know there is a wide-ranging language diversity presence in the United States. These projections are only expected to continually grow.  In Chicago alone, at least 153 languages are spoken at home.  That means that 29% of the metro area population age 5 and over speak a language other than English at home (U.S. Census, 2015).

…AND did you know?

  • Illinois ranks as one of the top 10 states in the country with a largest Latino population, and
  • Chicago ranks as number 6 of the top 15 metropolitan U.S. cities where Latinos reside. 
  • According to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA, 2019) only 7,969 of the 201,961 members were reported to be ASHA certified Spanish-language service providers.  

 For Speech Language Pathology in general, job growth in the 7-county Chicago area (e.g., Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties) is projected by 12.8% between 2019-2024 which is strong growth, compared with 14.1% nationally.  

According to the Economic Modeling Specialist Incorporated (EMSI) data report, a list of Top Hard Skills, or specific, learnable, measurable, occupation-specific abilities skills related to speech language pathology lists Bilingual (Spanish/English) as a Top Hard Skill.  EMSI also reports that 13% of job postings list this skill, unbelievable, right? Of the top 10 Common Skills, EMSI includes multilingualism as the top Common Skill and the Spanish language as the number #3 Common Skill.

Here at DePaul University we are committed to following the Vincentian mission and doing “What Must Be Done".  Our state of the art M.S. Speech Language Pathology Program curriculum will allow bilingual English-Spanish speaking students to complete specialized coursework and clinical practica underscoring a thorough level of competence across scientific, theoretical, and clinical knowledge and skills in order to equitably serve the needs of primarily Spanish speaking individuals with communication disabilities.  Here we believe in narrowing the gap between our profession and the community served.  DePaul students will enter the work force ready to serve, advocate, and lead.

“Chicago is our classroom, the world is our focus"

​Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Courses

SLP460 RESEARCH TO PRACTICE IN BILINGUAL SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY                  (1 credit) ​  Offered Fall Quarter 2021

This course is intended to be a collaborative and interactive course in which the examination and implementation of current professional and legal policies, procedures, and ethical issues as it impacts and safeguards bilingual individuals with speech and language disorders will be analyzed.  Case studies specific to service delivery practices for bilingual individuals with acquired and developmental speech and language disorders will be examined.  

SLP461 PROFESSIONALS AND ADVOCACY IN SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY                           (1 credit)   Offered Winter Intercession

Issues of advocacy and professionalism in the field of bilingual speech language pathology will be explored.  Solutions and alternatives will be evaluated through case studies.​

SLP466 BILINGUAL SERVICE PROVIDER, FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY INVOLVEMENT   (1 credit)   Offered Winter 2021-22 Intercession​

This course will examine the dynamic interactions and effects of bilingual speech and language service delivery across clients, family, caregivers, community and interdisciplinary members.  Case study analysis will be used to problem solve, critically explore solutions and make evidence-based decisions.​

SLP462 ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION OF YOUNG BILINGUAL CHILDREN WITH COMMUNICATION DISORDERS   (2 credits)   Offered Winter Quarter 2022​

Typical and atypical bilingual speech and language development as applied to assessment and intervention of communication disordered bilingual young children and adolescents will be examined.  Etiology, psychological, linguistic and cultural characteristics with specific attention to developmental and acquired disorders will be discussed. Principles, models and theories for evidence-based assessment and treatment of bilingual speech and language disordered young children and adolescents will be reviewed.  A service learning experience will be completed.

SLP463 BILINGUAL SERVICE PROVIDER, FAMILY, COMMUNITY AND INTERDISCIPLINARY INVOLVEMENT (1 credit)  Offered Spring Quarter 2022​​

This course will examine the dynamic interactions and effects of bilingual speech and language service delivery across clients, family, caregivers, community and interdisciplinary members.  Case study analysis will be used to problem solve, critically explore solutions and make evidence-based decisions.

SLP464 ASSESSMENT AND INTERVENTION OF BILINGUAL ADULTS WITH COMMUNICATION DISORDERS   (2 credit)   Offered Spring Quarter 2022​​

Evaluation and intervention of linguistic and cognitive systems in normal and disordered bilingual adults will be examined.  Assessment and intervention strategies and cross-linguistic issues as it pertains to speech, language, and swallowing disorders will be discussed.  A service learning experience will be completed.  

SLP465 CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS IN BILINGUAL SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY             (1 credit)   Offered Summer​​  Quarter 2022​

Culturally responsive practice and adaptation variables pertinent to the evaluation and intervention process of bilingual children and adults with developmental and acquired speech and language disorders will be generated through thoughtful problem solving.  A case analysis approach and collaborative decision making will be applied.

For More Information

For questions about our Bilingual Speech Language Pathology Program, email Dr. Elia Olivares, our Director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Programs​, at e.olivares@depaul.edu.