First Bite #142 – March 30, 2021

Cultural Conversations with ‘Made in India SLPs’

(.1 ASHA and AOTA CEUs) For more info, click here.

Course Description

In this episode, Michelle is joined by Rabab Rangwala, M.S., CCC-SLP & Kinnari Satra, M.S., CCC-SLP, cohosts of the “Made in India SLP” Podcast! Rabab and Kinnari share experiences and evidence for improving cultural competency when completing assessments and treatments for individuals with both language and swallowing disorders…even including details on how to create a dynamic and authentic assessment for data collection and report writing! The ladies then share strategies for how to make teletherapy more inclusive for the children and their families that we work with…specifically targeting the early intervention and school-aged children. It’s a fabulous day when two podcasts collide to offer creative solutions for improving the cultural competency of our professional skills! Enjoy the episode and be sure to check out “Made in India SLP” too!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able to identify and describe:

  • Steps that SLPs can take during comprehensive speech and language evaluations and feeding/swallowing evaluations to incorporate cultural differences and be culturally sensitive.
  • Strategies that can be utilized to create inclusion of the culturally diverse patients and their families within the therapy sessions.
  • Strategies to encompass cultural inclusivity within the teletherapy sessions.


Rabab Rangwala, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Rabab Rangwala is a medical speech-language pathologist originally from Mumbai, India. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in a lab focusing on Dysphagia under the mentorship of Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris. She was previously a practicing clinician, working at an inpatient & outpatient facility. Rabab is passionate about research related to Dysphagia and its implications on Parkinson’s disease, She is also interested in voice therapy in the transgender population, and is the lab manager at Dr. Sundarrajan’s lab at San Francisco State University. Apart from speech-language pathology, Rabab is a mental health advocate, yoga enthusiast, and loves to travel.


Kinnari Satra, M.S.,CCC-SLP

Kinnari Satra is practicing in the Bay Area, California. She has worked in a variety of medical settings including long term acute care, subacute rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities for both pediatric and geriartic population over the years. Kinnari is passionate about advocating for patients and their families especially of those affected by cognitive- communicative disorders. Originally from Mumbai, India. She attended University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock, where she received her Master of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders.