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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

Are you implementing best practices for assessing the speech and language skills of Black students who speak AAE?

In this workshop, Dr. Wyatt discusses the selection of culturally linguistically appropriate standardized speech-language assessments that accommodate possible dialect differences and minimize the potential for cultural-linguistic bias and clinical misdiagnosis.

Participants will be guided through a sample test review process. We’ll also discuss recommendations for supplementing assessments with parent/family interviews, medical/health history and informal speech-language procedures (such as language sampling) to make an appropriate differential diagnosis. Sample intervention goals and report writing examples will also be used to illustrate culturally and linguistically sensitive and appropriate methods for summarizing testing outcomes and identifying intervention goals for this student population.

Level, Authors, and Disclosures

Financial Disclosure: Toya Wyatt Ph.D., CCC-SLP received an honorarium from Bilinguistics for this presentation.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Toya Wyatt has personal and professional relationships with the authors of the DELV and served as a consultant during the development of the test.

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Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the linguistic/dialect status of the Black students on their clinical caseload as a means for
    determining the most appropriate standardized language assessments.
  • Review, identify and select standardized language assessments that minimize the potential for test bias for students who speak African American English (AAE).
  • Use results from standardized testing, informal assessment procedures (e.g., language sampling) and other information (e.g., parent interviews, medical/health history) to make an appropriate differential diagnosis and determine appropriate intervention goals taking normal AAE variation/differences into account.
  • Write reports that summarize results from standardized language assessments using caution statements where appropriate.

Time-Ordered Agenda

10 minutes: Introductions and disclosures
10 minutes: Cultural‐linguistic diversity/variation within the Black student populations
05 minutes: Possible test bias influences and impact for AAE speakers
05 minutes: Proposed solutions for reducing bias in the development, administration and
use of standardized assessments
15 minutes: A sample review of standardized language assessments for use with AAE child
10 minutes: How to supplement standardized assessments with other assessment
procedures to differentiate difference vs. disorder
10 minutes: How to write reports summarizing results from standardized assessments
05 minutes: Determining appropriate intervention goals for AAE child speakers with confirmed speechlanguage
disorders taking normal linguistic variation/difference into account
30 minutes: Moderated question and answer session

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