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Be MINDful: Going Beyond Dialect Variation in Assessment and Treatment (On Demand Webinar) (PD102589)

Presenter(s): Kyomi Dana Gregory-Martin, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

When evaluating and treating a client, patient, or student for any type of disorder, audiologists and SLPs need to consider the individual’s culture, including the language and dialect they speak. This webinar discusses the acronym MIND (Minority Indigenous Nonstandardized Dialects) and explores the social stigma and unfair treatment individuals often experience due to their language or dialect (known as linguicism). The speaker discusses how linguicism impacts assessment and treatment as well as what clinicians need to consider when providing impactful and culturally responsive services.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify examples of linguistic varieties among people who are monolingual 
  • Explain the acronym MIND to colleagues 
  • Identify how linguicism can impact your work 
  • Describe the influence of linguicism on assessment and treatment


  • Introductions and disclosures (5 min.)
  • Overview of linguicism, social stigma, and how it serves as a microaggression (25 min.)
  • Understanding linguistic diversity among “monolingual speakers” (20 min.)
  • Code-switching and metalinguistic awareness (15 min.)
  • Key things clinicians should think about related to MIND before testing (20 min.)
  • Action steps clinicians can take to improve client care (25 min.)
  • Conclusion and wrap-up (10 min.)

DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Course Reviews

"This was a wealth of novel information to me. When I was in graduate [school], dialect referred to differences in speech of those from the East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, North, South, and English-speaking Europeans. This information goes beyond and really deals with what America is really made up of."

"The speaker was extremely engaging, asking thought-provoking questions of the audience throughout the presentation. The thorough handouts were an excellent addition to the discussion. The pace of materials presented was good and allowed for reflection."

Presenter Information

Dr. Kyomi Gregory-Martin, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor at Pace University in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department. Her research interests include child language acquisition and assessment in culturally and linguistically diverse populations, parent/teacher training and prevention models in speech-language pathology, interprofessional education, and regional dialect differences. She has practiced as a certified speech-language pathologist since 2008 in early intervention, school-based services, hospitals, and long-term care. She currently serves on the board of directors for the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH), the Multicultural Issues Board for ASHA, and is the Associate Coordinator for ASHA SIG 1 (Language Learning and Education). She received her PhD from Louisiana State University, Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from University at Buffalo, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from SUNY-New Paltz with a minor in Black Studies and Linguistics.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salaried Associate Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at Pace University
  • Topic area expert for nonmainstream dialects, cultural humility, and cultural awareness for The Informed SLP
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Associate Coordinator for ASHA SIG 1 (Language Learning and Education)
  • Multicultural Issues Board for ASHA
  • Board of Directors for the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Live webinar: May 9, 2023
End date: May 11, 2028

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102589
Available Through: May 11, 2028