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Semin Speech Lang. 2009 Aug;30(3):153-61. doi: 10.1055/s-0029-1225952. Epub 2009 Aug 26.

Mental health considerations for speech-language services with bilingual Spanish-English speakers.

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  • 1University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York 12222, USA.

Abstract

Understanding communicatively impaired minority individuals may involve going beyond strictly linguistic and communicative domains. In particular, considering the psychoemotional aspects impacting these clients may be extremely helpful for treating them and enhancing their response to therapy. This article provides an overview of issues on minority bilingual individuals that are relevant to professionals in mental health and speech-language pathology. We use Hispanics, the fastest growing minority in the United States, for illustration. The material discussed in this article highlights some of the benefits of collaborative communication between mental health professionals and speech-language pathologists (SLPs). Such communication would enhance SLPs' understanding of the interesting interconnections among emotions, culture, and language in immigrant and minority persons with valuable applications to therapeutic services with these individuals.

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