CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: April 17, 2000
UI alumnae to discuss culture and language, receive award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa graduate Carol Westby, Ph.D., will
give a presentation on language and culture at noon, Wednesday, April 19 in
Room 308 of the UI Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center.
Westby's talk, "The Stories We Tell: Culture and Narratives in Clinical
Practice and Research," will be given in conjunction with her receipt
of the UI Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology Distinguished Alumnus
Award for the 1999-2000 academic year.
Westby is a professor of speech pathology at Wichita State University and
a senior research associate at the Center for Community and Family Partnerships
at the University of New Mexico. She received her master's and doctoral degrees
in speech pathology from the UI, completing her doctorate in 1971.
Richard Hurtig, UI professor and head of speech pathology and audiology,
said that Westby's presentation will focus on one of her areas of expertise:
how to assess and treat language and literacy development and disorders when
there are also issues of cultural and linguistic diversity.
"Language and cultural differences impact the treatments speech pathologists
and audiologists should offer," Hurtig said. "Carol Westby's talk
will help people understand how to treat developmental language disorders
when a child is not a native speaker of English. We are so glad that she is
returning to campus to share her expertise."
Hurtig said a first step in diagnosing language difficulties in children
with limited English proficiency is identifying whether the problem has to
do with second language difficulties or with developmental problems.