Editorial

Contextually-relevant resources in Speech-language Therapy and Audiology in South Africa: Are there any?

Michelle Pascoe, Vivienne Norman
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 58, No 1 | a35 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v58i1.35 | © 2011 Michelle Pascoe, Vivienne Norman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 19 February 2011 | Published: 07 November 2011

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Michelle Pascoe, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Vivienne Norman, University of Cape Town, South Africa


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Abstract

In this editorial introduction we aim to explore the notion of contextually-relevant resources. We argue that it is the responsibility of Speech Language Therapists (SLTs) and Audiologists (As) working in South Africa to develop contextually relevant resources, and not to rely on the countries or cultures where the professions originated to do so. Language is often cited as the main barrier to contextually relevant resources: most SLTs and As are aware of the need for more resources in the indigenous local languages. However, the issue is not as straightforward as translating resources from English into other languages. The challenges related to culture, e.g. formal education, familiarity with the test situation, have to be considered; as well as the population on which norms were obtained; the nature of vocabulary or picture items. This paper introduces four original research papers that follow in this edition of the journal, and showcases them as examples of innovative development in our field. At the same time we call for the further development of assessment materials, intervention resources, and contributions to the evidence base in our context. We emphasise the importance of local knowledge to drive the development of these resources in innovative and perhaps unexpected ways, and suggest that all clinicians have an important role to play in this process.

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resources, development, speech-language therapy, audiology, culture

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