Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Non-English Speaking Children As speech-language pathologists treating a pediatric population, we are increasingly faced with ethical decisions related to treatment of Spanish-speaking children when we, as clinicians, are not trained to do so. We believe that children with language, speech and/or cognitive disorders deserve treatment so that they can improve their educational ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Non-English Speaking Children
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  • Jamie Trulove
    Floyd Medical Center, Rome, GA
  • Kristen Zwickey
    Floyd Medical Center, Rome, GA
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Article   |   March 01, 2002
Ethical Considerations in the Treatment of Non-English Speaking Children
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 14. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.14
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2002, Vol. 12, 14. doi:10.1044/aas12.1.14
As speech-language pathologists treating a pediatric population, we are increasingly faced with ethical decisions related to treatment of Spanish-speaking children when we, as clinicians, are not trained to do so. We believe that children with language, speech and/or cognitive disorders deserve treatment so that they can improve their educational performance as well as their social and pragmatic skills so they can lead full, productive lives. However, we also believe that we must only provide treatment we have been trained to provide. So the question remains, if we are not bilingual and we do not have access to a bilingual therapist, how can we care for these children?
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