CE Webinar #29

Interpreters: Essential Members of the Multidisciplinary Medical Clinic Team

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When: March 29, 2023 at 1:00 pm ET/ 12:00 pm CT/ 11:00 am MT/ 10:00 am PT

Cost: Free

Language: English (with Spanish examples)

Presenters: Caitlin Cummings, MA, MA, CCC-SLP, and John Munday, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE

Accredited for 1.5 CE hours, CEAP ID #10124

Interpreters are communication professionals who practice in many settings, including within multidisciplinary medical teams. Providers on those teams, however, rarely receive training on how to collaborate with their interpreter colleagues to deliver the best care to their patients, both medically and linguistically. Bilingual speech-language pathologists (SLPs) offer a unique perspective regarding these challenges and can help bridge the gap between content and language-experts. This presentation by two English-Spanish bilingual SLPs will further discuss these issues via a series of initiatives implemented in 2021-2022 to improve the incorporation of interpreters and coordination of care for children with cleft lip and palate within a craniofacial clinic at a large pediatric medical institution.  The presenters will discuss relevant literature, general and Spanish-specific terminology considerations for craniofacial anomalies, and use didactic teaching to encourage discussion.  In addition, the presenters will highlight completed outcomes related to parent educational handouts, continuing education presentations, and updated clinical protocols that attendees may consider adapting for their own workplaces and respective languages.




Caitlin Cummings, MA, MA, CCC-SLP: Caitlin is a bilingual (English/Spanish) speech language-pathologist (SLP) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH).  She completed a specialized craniofacial speech fellowship with the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at NCH, and currently works as a member of NCH’s Cleft Lip and Palate team and Bilingual SLP team.   Caitlin conducts speech, language, and resonance evaluations and interventions for children with craniofacial differences, and children from bilingual/multilingual backgrounds.  She is also a doctoral student at The Ohio State University and studies speech development and disorders in children with cleft lip and palate, and Spanish-English bilingual children.


John Munday, MS CCC-SLP, TSSLD-BE: John Munday is a Spanish-English bilingual speech-language pathologist (SLP). He completed his master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University where he also earned his bilingual certification. John completed his speech pathology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital where he worked on the Cleft Lip and Palate Team and the Bilingual SLP Team. He currently works at American Family Children’s Hospital where he is a part of the Craniofacial Anomalies and Pediatric Voice Disorders multidisciplinary clinics.

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