Diversity in Speech Therapy
I’ve been reading and hearing more and more about diversity lately, which is great. Our family is a bit of a melting pot in itself, with Mexican, Native American, European, and North African heritage.
I looked through my old boxed card sets, printables, and games. I found a whole lot of pictures of white skin and not a lot of diversity. I thought to myself, does my library add up? I took a quick inventory. Based on the number of books we own and the number I found with diverse representation, I gave myself a C-. Yes, quite a few of our books star non-humans, but we should have more representation of minorities on our bookshelf. I should have more in my work-box.
As a seller on TpT and Boom Learning, I am working to incorporate diversity in the clip art that I use as much as possible. I also need to make sure that the physical products I bring into sessions are representative of the overall community I am serving.
Books that highlight minority characters and diversity:
Chocolate Me! by Taye Digs
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Sister for Matthew by Paula Kennedy
Fry Bread by Kevin Maillard
The Night is Yours by Abdul-Razak Zachariah
I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora
This Beach is Loud by Samantha Cotterill
The First Strawberries retold by Joseph Bruchac
Max and the Tag-Along Moon by Floyd Cooper
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and Rosalind Beardshaw
I’m New Here by A.S. O’Brien
Free Printable Book and E-Book (Boom Cards):
The Skin We’re In Free Printable Book and Ebook, by Elizabeth Hepler
Professional Resources for Diversity:
If you are in the state of NC, you can access the Digital Library.
I’ve been working to increase the diversity in my clip art. My latest resources now include a variety of characters and images to reflect the real world.