Language Assessment of Bilingual Children (EI)

3 hours

The cultural diversity of our caseloads is growing exponentially.  Correctly identifying children with speech and language disorders is made easier by understanding how to use 1) the referral process, 2) the interview process, 3) formal assessment, 4) alternative assessment, and 5) reporting procedures to reduce our work and create truly rich data to confidently diagnose a child.

All of the essentials for evaluating bilingual children are gathered in this mini-course.  The effectiveness  of this information is demonstrated in the hundreds of bilingual evaluations that we conduct each spring. 

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Recognize when language differences are due to true disorders or due the natural process of learning a second language. Learn the pros and cons of standard tests and how to use alternative testing techniques to correctly identify children with disorders.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the warning signals and false alarms of language difficulties in case studies of English language learners
  • List necessary sources of information to make appropriate referrals and diagnoses
  • Describe L1 language loss and implications for assessment
  • Describe common signs of language impairment in bilingual children
  • Discuss appropriateness of formal and informal testing procedures
  • Describe test modifications to obtain more information for accurate diagnosis
  • Identify possible sources of misdiagnosis
  • Identify several alternative forms of assessment
  • Discuss how to use interpreters successfully

FINANCIAL: Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Ellen Kester is the owner of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. NONFINANCIAL: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

FINANCIAL: Brenda Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Brenda Gorman does not have any financial relationships to disclose. NONFINANCIAL: Dr. Gorman does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

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