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Enhancing Cultural Competence: Working in Native American and Tribal Communities (PD102175)

Course Description

This journal self-study focuses on rationale and techniques for enhancing clinicians’ cultural competence when working in Native American and tribal communities. The articles, originally published in a 2016 issue of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity), address the lasting impact of historical trauma on health and education; the importance of differentiated instruction; the perspective of a student with hearing loss who experiences traditional cultural education; and speech-language intervention programs and services in Native communities.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • describe the relationship between historical trauma and persistent health disparities and low academic achievement in American Indian/Alaskan Native populations
  • design a differentiated instruction lesson plan based on examples of the Honoring Tribal Legacies method for Grade 4 and secondary school levels
  • discuss the Culturally Responsive Early Literacy Instruction (CRELI) project’s conceptual framework for culturally responsive teaching
  • identify at least three key steps to establishing a culturally responsive and community-planned speech-language services program within a tribal community


The following articles are included in this course:

  • Differentiated Instruction: A Culturally-Congruent Practice, by Ella Inglebret, Susan Rae Banks-Joseph, CHiXapkaid, & Kaid’dub Pavel
  • Need for Culturally Responsive Literacy Instruction in Native American Communities, by Matthew Gillispie
  • Creating a Culturally-Responsive Speech and Language Program in a Tribal Community, by Sarah Ross
  • Historical Influences on Health Care and Education in Native American Communities, by Joshuaa Allison-Burbank

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.

Assessment Type

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

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 3
ASHA CEU*: 0.3
Item #(s): PD102175
Available Through: March 18, 2026