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Yarning time

Speech pathologists should include some yarning time with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their family during the assessment process i.e. time talking about personal backgrounds (both therapist and client).

Reference: Bessarab & Ng'andu, 2010
NHMRC level of Evidence: Qual.

Communication styles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are likely to be influenced by cultural norms as well as the power imbalances that can exist when interacting with a non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.  Social yarning is one way to find equilibrium and develop rapport with the client.


  1. Bessarab, D., & Ng'andu, B. (2010). Yarning about yarning as a legitimate method of indigenous research. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 3(1), 37-50.


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