Speech Pathology Study Abroad Program

The Speech Pathology Study Abroad Program offers speech-language pathologists an opportunity to travel to beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand and explore new places, cuisines, cultures, religions, ways of living, and approaches to supporting individuals with disabilities. This weeklong program offers 30 hours of continuing education and addresses all of the competencies in cultural and linguistic diversity outlined by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and many more competencies that will advance your cultural humility.

Join us in Chiang Mai, Thailand – July 16-23, 2022

Wouldn’t you rather earn up to 30 hours of CE in a single week?

Attendees will receive a Certificate in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity which is all the information you need to confidently diagnose and treat diverse populations and all the ASHA CEUs you need for your 3-year earning period. Here is a snapshot of what we will be doing.

Thailand Speech Pathology Workshop 2021 Schedule

Day 1, Monday, July 18, 2022

Morning Coursework: Evaluating Students Who Speak a Language You Don’t

Afternoon Activity: Learning to Interact with Cultural Liaisons and Interpreters


  • Describe two important steps to take prior to the evaluation.
  • List the three different steps of working with interpreters.
  • Describe the process of selecting assessment tools for students who speak a language you do not.
  • Describe how to differentiate language influence patterns from language errors indicative of a disorder.
  • Describe how to use dynamic assessment to improve diagnostic accuracy.
  • Practice interacting with interpreters in the community

Time-Ordered Agenda:
60 minutes Understanding different cultural parameters and ways they vary
60 minutes Working with interpreters to conduct assessments
60 minutes Formal and Informal Assessment Measures and Case Studies
(120 minute break for lunch)
90 minutes: Small groups with interpreters in the community (participants will be given a list of things
they need to find in the community and then come back together for a shared cultural
90 minutes: shared cultural experience and reflection on working with interpreters

Day 2, Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Morning Coursework: Difference or Disorder? – Speech & Language

Afternoon Activity: Excursion to FAE Elephant Hospital


  • Demonstrate an understanding of how languages interact and the resulting language patterns in English Language Learners.
  • Analyze and interpret results from language samples of English language learners from different language backgrounds (including Thai, Lao, Karen, Khmer, and Malay)
  • Describe expected versus unexpected errors.
  • Describe benefits of using standardized tools and informal measures
  • Explain how to use Dynamic Assessment to increase confidence in diagnostic decisions
  • Learn 3 important cultural symbols in Thailand and surrounding areas.
  • Describe the importance of animals to the Thai people.

Time-Ordered Agenda:
60 minutes: Introduction, understanding why students from diverse backgrounds are referred for
services inappropriately at time, and why we need to hone our skills for working with
students from diverse backgrounds.
60 minutes: Difference or Disorder Framework: Emphasis on Speech with Case Studies
60 minutes Difference or Disorder Framework: Emphasis on Language with Case Studies
(120 minute break for lunch)
Excursion to FAE Elephant Hospital
60 minutes: Describe work and therapeutic opportunities elephant hospitals provide for individuals
with disabilities in Thailand
60 minutes: List three reasons for the importance of elephants in Thailand and surrounding areas
60 minutes: Describe the dangers elephants face and how the Thai people are addressing them

Day 3: Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Morning Coursework: Practical Dynamic Assessment, AAC

Afternoon Activity: Mindfulness

● Design quick teaching sessions based on assessment results.
● Implement 3-5-minute teaching sessions within an assessment to observe learning potential.
● Use the results of a dynamic assessment to make confident diagnostic decisions.
● Write on-point goals based on the results of a dynamic assessment
● Describe ways to support students who are bilingual and use AAC devices
● Describe 3 different mindfulness approaches.
● Describe how mindfulness can be incorporated into practice as a SLP

Time-ordered agenda:
30 minutes Dynamic assessment – history, research, what and how
60 minutes Case Studies—Speech, Language, Narratives
90 minutes Using AAC with Students who are bilingual
(120 minute break for lunch)
90 minutes Learning about and practicing mindfulness techniques
90 minutes Understanding the benefits of meditation and learning meditation techniques

Day 4, Thursday, July 21, 2022

Morning Coursework: Intervention Strategies with Diverse Learners

Afternoon Activity: Visit to Child Development Center


  • Identify benefits of using storybooks in intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Implement strategies to reduce therapy planning using storybooks, classroom resources, and academic topics
  • Describe the use of literacy-based interventions to support access to the general education curriculum in the least restrictive environment.
  • Develop a plan to implement curriculum-based intervention to align with the specific teacher goals.
  • Describe similarities and differences between speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy practices in Thailand and your home country.
  • Describe how music and drama therapy are used to support communication development in Thailand.

Time-Ordered Agenda:
60 minutes Collaboration between SLPs and Teachers
60 minutes Literacy-Based Intervention
60 minutes Curriculum-Based Intervention
(120 minute break for lunch)
90 minutes Visit Rajanagarindra Institute for Childhood Development – Overview of Services
90 minutes Small group observations of different departments

Day 5: Friday, July 22, 2022

Full Day Event: Ethics, Religion, and Views About Disabilities with excursion exploring history, culture, and religions in Thailand


  • List the most prominent religions of Thailand
  • Describe similarities and differences in these religions and others
  • Describe different views about the occurrence of disabilities and the treatment of disabilities

120 minutes Ethics: Read and discuss views about disabilities in Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism,
Islam, and Hinduism, as well as the article, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities,
Spirituality and Religion: A Systematic Review 1990–2015
240 minutes Visit different places of worship and have the opportunity to ask questions of those with
different religious beliefs.

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: 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. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

DISCLOSURE OF FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses. DISCLOSURE OF NONFINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.