"Culture” refers to the values and beliefs that set the standards for how people perceive, interpret, and behave within their family, school, and community.
My Family's Origin and Ethnicity
Last name is Barker. Top 3 nationalities are Great British, Western European and Irish. Both my grandparents on this side were born in West Virginia.
Last name is Grillo. Direct translation is "Dominant Grass Hopper". My grandparent's were born in Sicily, Italy and came over to the U.S. when they were 18 and started a family here.
Origin & Ethnicity
The Barker family has more southern roots since that's where they were born and raised for the most part. A lot of my eating habits have developed from the southern lifestyle that I am used to seeing from this set of grandparents. I have cousins and aunts and uncles that I have not yet even met down south. I do not really think any of their origin and ethnicity from distant relatives is noticeable in their lifestyle and have not been passed down to me. My mom was raised Lutheran and went to a Lutheran High School but I was raised Catholic.
The Grillo family has very Italian roots. They have thick accents and their own Sicilian Dialect. I grew up being babysat by them a lot of learned basic Italian. I have cousins and aunt and uncles on this side of the family in Italy that I haven't met just like the other side of the family. I think because of this and them starting a family over here in the U.S. with their parents and relatives still back in Italy has made us have a small, very grounded, family orientated family here. They are Catholic and raised my dad Catholic as well.
My Family's Customs, Beliefs, and Traditions
Some customs and traditions that my family and I have is that we like to go to Florida every year for Easter and Christmas. We have been doing this since for as long as I can remember. Another tradition that we have is we celebrate birthdays very traditionally. We all gather with extended family on the day of the birthday or weekend after the birthday and celebrate together. My dad also believes in filling out "Yellow Checks" on New Years Day for good luck and a year of prosperity. Another tradition is that we always ate dinner together as a family growing up.
Some beliefs and biases that my family has is our Catholic faith. I was raised going to a Catholic school K-12 grade. My family goes to church on holiday's like Easter and Christmas, but I try to go on most Sunday's. Some strong values we have is to put family above all us. My dad has taught us to also be very conscious of saving money and the important of hard work. My mom taught us values like being nice to everyone you meet and being polite. My family is Republican and have Biases toward the Republican party.
My Future as an SLP:
My upraising and background will play an important role in how I will one day work with and interact with families in the school system. If there is a child who might struggle with ESL, I will be more consciences of how I might evaluate that student against someone who was born and raised in the U.S. and grew up speaking English. I know what it was like for my grandparents to come over to the U.S. not knowing any English at all and having to learn. Another factor that I think will play a role in my interaction with families is growing up with both parent's who want to be involved in their children's education. I want every child that I interact with to have parent's who are very interested and actively involved in making sure their child is getting the best treatment and education provided to them. This would be an example of a barrier or challenge that I might be faced with would be the lack of interaction between parent and school. I would do my best to encourage and reach out to the parent(s) to make sure that they are aware of what is going on with their child and have a say in what is being taught or worked on. Additionally, it is important for the parent(s) to work on skills at home with their child in order for progress to show.