Author: Naydine Johney, Psy.D

With the increasing diversity of our population, disconnects are likely between providers and the children/families they serve. Cultural and linguistic competency increases access to and acceptability of care, improves quality of care, and reduces disparities in outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations. Given the family-centered nature of early intervention, it is essential that providers exercise cultural and linguistic competency in their practice. This module aims to provide an overview of cultural and linguistic competency, as well as the role of cultural and linguistic competency of in early intervention.

These online learning modules are part of the New York State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP), Improving Family Centeredness Together (IFaCT) Project, aimed to improve family-centeredness in early intervention. The project is funded by the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Early Intervention.