The creator of this website, Jeff Gierer, is a student previously supported by our scholarship fund in 2009. The website includes nice resources and recommendations for reading on the topic.

As a graduate student clinician in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Program and Portland State University, I found that the majority of the children I worked with were experiencing poverty (indeed, as many as 19% of the children in the U.S. are from low-income households*). Working with clients and families of low socioeconomic status, I was interested to explore what our literature and best practice recommendations said about working with populations in poverty. Often, I found myself wanting more resources from our field and those allied, as well as a larger discussion on the topic – and I learned I wasn’t alone. Many school-based SLPs I chatted with found themselves working with children in poverty and struggling to find resources and recommendations for best serving that population.

With the support and encouragement of Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Shelly Chabon, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, and Claudia Meyer, M.S., CCC-SLP, I created Speaking of Poverty (www.speakingofpoverty.org). At Speaking of Poverty, you’ll find one SLP’s attempt at collecting, cataloguing, and discussing resources to help clinicians in professional learning communities find strategies for working with children and families experiencing poverty.

To read more about Jeff’s work and efforts in helping children in poverty, visit www.speakingofpoverty.org.

*National Center for Children in Poverty (2009). 50-state demographics
wizard. Retrieved from http://www.nccp.org/tools/demographics