The Speech pathologist
I am a Speech Pathologist employed by the Education Department to undertake speech assessments of children recently arrived from overseas with refugee backgrounds.
I have been allocated Sami, an eight year old girl who has a significant speech delay in her native tongue and as such is experiencing considerable difficulty grasping the English language and participating in school.
Having spoken to Sami’s mother in depth, I have become aware of the enormous trauma that Sami has suffered and I consider this to be the overall cause of much of Sami’s language delay.
My assessment is that counselling to accompany the speech sessions would be of great value. I tried to discuss this with Mandy, my supervisor, but she dismissed my ideas as nonsense, saying that the cause is more likely to be laziness and limited support at home.
Mandy said that she would take over the case, and that I should not discuss my assessment with the mother or Sami’s teachers.
What is/are the appropriate ethical theories in respond to the scenario (as above)?
Is it Utilitarian & consequentialism theory?
or Deontology? Virtue?