What is it about?

Reading aloud of standard paragraphs provides speech-language pathologists with important information about many aspects of a client's speech and language systems. We modified a commonly used standard paragraph to make it more inclusive while maintaining clinically important features.

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Why is it important?

Creating an affirming and inclusive clinical environment is critical to providing quality care to all clients. Many standard clinical tools were developed in times when gendered language and stereotypes were common. Simple adjustments to avoid potentially exclusionary or microaggressive language can enhance the clinical relationship and the accuracy of clinical findings.


We are health care professionals as well as researchers, and take seriously our obligation to be culturally responsive in the care we provide. When we couldn't find a standard reading that met basic standards of inclusivity for our own clients, we recognized an opportunity to create something that could help ALL clinicians meet these professional responsibilities.

Dr. Angela Dietsch
University of Nebraska System

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This page is a summary of: Revisiting the Rainbow: Culturally Responsive Updates to a Standard Clinical Resource, American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 2023, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2022_ajslp-22-00215.
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