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Course Type: Video – 1 1/2 hours

ASHA Course Code: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education, Training, Service Delivery, Public Policy – 7030

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.

Level, Authors, and Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: 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.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Financial Disclosure: Brenda Gorman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Brenda Gorman does not have any financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Gorman does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

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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.

This course addresses assessment of language skills in bilingual children. Advantages and disadvantages of standarized tests were discussed. Alternative assessment techniques were presented. This course was designed to enhance the practitioner’s ability to differentiate language differences from language 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

Time-Ordered Agenda: 5 minutes: Introduction 10 minutes: Indicators of language disorders 10 minutes: Vocabulary development and retention 20 minutes: Normal processes of second language acquisition 10 minutes: Pros and cons of formal and informal testing 12 minutes: Differentiating language difference from disorder 10 minutes: Identifying possible sources of misdiagnosis 8 minutes: Reporting findings from a bilingual assessment 5 minutes: Closing and questions

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