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Elia Olivares is the director of culturally and linguistically various applications in DePaul’s speech-language pathology program (Picture by Keeton Holder/DePaul College)

Chicago is one of probably the most various cities within the nation. Based on 2020 census information, about one-third of metropolis residents ages 5 and older converse a language apart from English at dwelling, with Spanish because the second most typical language used throughout the town. And whereas almost 25% of Chicagoans converse Spanish as their first language, Elia Olivares, director of culturally and linguistically various applications in DePaul’s speech-language pathology program, notes there usually is a niche in well being and schooling companies supplied to the group. 

“Speech-language pathologists diagnose and deal with speech, language and swallowing issues in each kids and adults. It may grow to be way more troublesome to successfully talk, not to mention consider for speech issues or different points, when there’s a language barrier between therapists and sufferers,” Olivares says.  

Asking the basic Vincentian query of “What have to be performed?”, Olivares developed the primary Bilingual English-Spanish Specialization Certificates in Illinois. Designed to be accomplished with the speech-language pathology grasp’s diploma within the School of Science and Well being, the certificates not solely helps college students hone their languages expertise, but it surely additionally provides candidates expertise in cultural responsiveness and advocacy. It additionally requires college students to finish externships and spend further hours with bilingual purchasers on the DePaul Speech and Language Clinic.  

With the second cohort of SLP and certificates candidates set to graduate this spring, Olivares says curiosity within the certificates program has grown.  

“Along with DePaul SLP college students, I’ve had practising professionals attain out with curiosity in returning to highschool to earn this certification,” she says. “I’ve additionally had conversations with college students whose second language shouldn’t be Spanish. College students who converse languages apart from Spanish and English can enroll within the SLP Multicultural-Multilingual Certificates for extra in-depth coursework particular to working with multilingual purchasers.”  

Extra lately, the Bridging Bilingual (English-Spanish) Certificates in speech language pathology was permitted to organize presently licensed and licensed speech language pathologists who converse Spanish. 

​As Blue Demons work by way of their skilled and tutorial alternatives on campus, Olivares additionally hopes to deepen the SLP program’s impression on the encompassing group with the Speech and Language Clinic. From preventative screenings to particular person and group remedy, companies by way of the clinic are no-cost, donation-based and out there to folks of all ages. 

“Below the supervision of school, our graduate college students function companies on the clinic and purpose to offer the group with help on a spread of points,” Olivares says. “This consists of all the things from fine-tuning receptive and expressive languages expertise to gender affirming voice care. This is a vital alternative for our college students to realize hands-on expertise, but in addition a tremendous useful resource for the Chicago group, particularly for these in want of bilingual therapists.” 

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