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Urdu assessment (Roepke & Alvi, 2024)

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posted on 2024-06-04, 20:00 authored by Elizabeth Roepke, Hiba Alvi

Purpose: This aim of this tutorial was to review assessment tools for speech-language pathologists working with Urdu speakers in the United States.

Method: We outlined cultural and linguistic considerations for speech-language pathologists to consider when assessing Urdu speakers. We also reviewed available Urdu-language tests for pediatric and adult populations by their assessment area and evaluated whether they had been validated for Urdu speakers.

Results: Speech-language pathologists should consider the impact of cultural and linguistic differences when planning assessment. In particular, many Urdu speakers are Muslim; hence, clinicians unfamiliar with the religion should open communication with clients about assessment preferences. Testing instruments covering the major areas of speech-language pathology are available for Urdu speakers in the United States.

Conclusions: Speech-language pathologists can use the tools presented in this tutorial to evaluate both body impairments for Urdu speakers and the impact on an individual’s participation. A summary of resources for Urdu speakers with links to assessments is provided as a supplemental material.

Supplemental Material S1. Urdu language resources.

Roepke, E., & Alvi, H. (2024). Speech and language assessment for Urdu speakers in the United States. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 9(3), 754–766.

Publisher Note: This tutorial is part of the Forum: Speech and Language Assessment Protocols for Uncommon Languages.