Instructions for Using Culture-Intervention Interface Grid

The  Culture-Intervention Interface Grid was designed to assist CSD students and communication disorder specialists in understanding how the elements of culture may influence the procedures that are common across audiology and speech-language pathology.  Influence is significantly impacted by level of assimilation, "the process by which individuals enter the social positions, as well as acquire the political, economic, and educational standards of the dominant culture."   (Thompson, R. H. [1996].   Assimilation. In D. Levinson & M. Ember (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology , [Vol. 1., pp.112-15]. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

  1. Determine a cultural group or a clinical disorder that you would like to consider.
  2. Go across the top of the chart or down the side, and consider how each intersection applies to the cultural group or clinical disorder under consideration.
  3. If you feel that the intersection is extremely applicable, put three stars in the box.  If the intersection is only slightly applicable, record one star.

For example, for some cultures, one might put stars at the juncture of initial information gathering and language

  • Language affects initial information gathering.  Depending on level of English proficiency,the services of an interpreter are required in order to translate intake information
  • Customs and scheduling. If the client/patient performs daily rituals, for example praying, meditating, sessions must be scheduled accordingly.
  • Material culture and treatment or intervention.  Articles of clothing, gender differences, etc., may impact the appropriateness and degree of physical contact between the client/patient and the clinician


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