Gullah Geechee: Cultural Norms and the SLP

Presented by Jessica R. Berry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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Course Description

This course will examine the cultural & linguistic norms of the Gullah Geechee people. It will provide an overview of the language and cultural nuances that an SLP who is new to the region should expect from their clients. We will examine appropriate social and pragmatic responses to the culture and ways that clinicians can […]
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Meet Your Presenter

Dr. Jessica Berry is an educator, advocate, and researcher who is passionate about sharing Gullah Geechee history, culture, and language with the world. She currently serves as the acting department chairperson and assistant professor of speech pathology and audiology at South Carolina State University. She completed her B.A. and M.A. in speech language pathology & audiology from Winthrop University and South Carolina State University, respectively. She completed her doctoral studies at Louisiana State University in communication disorders with a minor in linguistics.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of the Gullah Geechee culture and language.
  2. Identify appropriate pragmatic responses to their client's cultural norms.
  3. List ways that they can improve their response and communication with Gullah Geechee clients.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview of Gullah Geechee
  • 0:10 - Language norms for Gullah Geechee clients
  • 0:20 - Pragmatic and social norms for Gullah Geechee clients
  • 0:35 - Recommendations for inclusion of Gullah Geechee references during intervention
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

This course is designed for therapists who work with adults and children.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until November 23, 2026.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Presenter receives a salary from South Carolina State University.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • The presenter is a native Gullah Geechee and has lived experiences that shape her perspective on service delivery.
  • The presenter is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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