According to the United States census bureau, 36% of the population described themselves as “nonHispanic white”. By 2050, fully 50% of our nation will be comprised of persons who identify as other than Caucasian.

How might our growing population of persons with different racial and ethnic backgrounds view the world? And what does that mean for the health care system that cares for them?

Many people grow up thinking that their native view of the world they inhabit is shared with everyone. Our narratives about the way the world works is deeply influenced by the contexts in which we first come into contact with the world. It can come as a shock that reasonable people can see and interpret the same events in drastically different ways. Influences including family ties, community affiliations, economic status and religious views are just some of the relationships that differentiate us from each other.

The ability to be aware of one’s personal cultural biases, and to adopt an attitude of flexibility toward them, is a key factor in whether a clinician can effectively work with diverse populations. The American Speech and Hearing Association has published some tools for Speech Language Pathologists to assess cultural sensitivity in themselves and their organizations. Follow this link  to the ASHA website self-assessment page and take the quiz. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this subject.

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Strength and Power Training for Children with Poor Coordination!

By Veronica Glen, PT, DPT (http://www.thesandiegopediatricpt.com/2017/01/strength-and-power-training-for-kiddos.html)

When Physical Therapists see a clumsy or uncoordinated child, one of the first thoughts we think is “That kid can use some balance training!” or “They could benefit from functional activity practice!” What current evidence based research is finding is that strength and power training can be just as helpful if not MORE helpful than functional movement training!

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