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A Conceptual Framework for Responsive Global Engagement in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Hyter, Yvette D.

doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000015
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The field of speech–language pathology needs a conceptual framework to guide the provision of services in a globalized world. Proposed in this article is a conceptual framework designed to facilitate responsive global engagement for professionals such as speech–language pathologists, who are increasingly serving diverse populations around the world. A set of concepts associated with Critical Social Theory is defined and then organized into a statement. This proposed conceptual framework could be useful for educating speech–language pathologists, educators, and related professionals to provide relevant services across the globe. Examples of how the conceptual framework could be infused into research questions, university course content, clinical services, or community outreach are provided.

Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Corresponding Author: Yvette D. Hyter, PhD, CCC-SLP, Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Western Michigan University, 1903 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 (

The author has indicated that she has no financial and no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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