• Volume 3, Issue 2 2023
    Vol. 3 No. 2 (2023)

    Editor’s Introduction to This Issue

    Saara Terry Grizzell University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

    On behalf of my co-founders and editorial colleagues, Dr. Roy Chen and Dr. Veronica Umeasiegbu, I am pleased to present the next issue of Contemporary Research in Disability and Rehabilitation (CRDR).

    This issue contains two articles. In the first article, Autism Spectrum Disorder Screening Practices in the United States and Mexico, Maria Valdez and colleagues present survey results using qualitative data and descriptive statistics to explore the screening and diagnostic practices of 35 professionals (30 in the U.S. and 5 in Mexico) who routinely work with children with ASD. In this study, Valdez and colleagues found many similarities in screening practices between professionals in the U.S. and Mexico. For example, in both the U.S. and Mexico the most frequently reported screening tool was the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT, Robins et al., 2001, 2009).

    Other similarities included parent involvement, key concerns around language development, a lack of routine screening for ASD, and the screening of children between the ages of 2 to 4 years old. Differences in screening and diagnostic practices involved the professionals engaged in screening for ASD and the referral process in the aftermath of failed ASD screenings.

    In the second article, Multicultural Counselor Supervision and Perceived Differences on Client Outcomes, Dr. Perez and colleagues present original research exploring the differences in perceptions among counselor supervisors and supervisees about the impact of multicultural supervision upon client outcomes. In this study, sixty-one participants consisted of faculty, counselor supervisors, counselors, and graduate students in counseling programs. This study found that multicultural supervision/competence predicted supervisor perceptions of client outcome, thus highlighting the importance of multicultural supervision and the need to improve training in multicultural competence.

    With that being said, I hope you enjoy this publication of CRDR.


    Saara Terry Grizzell, Ph.D., CRC, LVRC, LCDC, LPC

    Outgoing Editor, CRDR

  • Contemporary Research in Disability and Rehabilitation
    Vol. 3 No. 1 (2020)

    This issue contains two articles. In the first article, Motivators and Factors for Career Decision-Making in Speech Language Pathology Students, Dr. Ruth Crutchfield and colleagues present original research on the motivators and factors contributing to the career decision-making process of 106 graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in a Communication Sciences and Disorders (COMD) program.   Survey results via descriptive statistics indicated that most COMD students were motivated to resolve difficult situations, help others, and to view situations holistically. Interestingly, findings indicate that the majority of students preferred and were motivated to learn more efficiently with visual and hands-on training. In addition, student organizations were found to play an important role in motivating students to explore their chosen career path.

    In the second article, Embodiment in Early Development: Exploring the Relationships between Sensorimotor Skills, Gesture, and Language, Dr. Jessica Stewart and colleagues report findings from a study they conducted examining the relationship between sensorimotor abilities, gesture, and language in a sample of 54 infants and toddlers with typical developmental histories ages 9 to 15 months. Researchers administered the Mullen’s Scale of Early Learning (MSEL), as well as obtained and coded two gesture samples from each participant. Sensorimotor skills were found related to gesture and expressive language, but not to receptive language. Regression analysis also revealed that visual reception was most highly related to gesture, whereas gross motor skills were found most highly related to expressive language. As these skills play a key role in typical language development, these findings could assist researchers and clinicians in future clinical decision making.