Keynote Address: Looking Beyond the Pieces to See the Whole Child

Speaker: Dr. Sara E. N. Kangas
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Lehigh University

Description: Collaborations among SLPs and teachers are critical for promoting the academic opportunities and dual language development of English learners with disabilities.  Yet, there are many barriers that prevent these collaborations from forming and thus, English learners with disabilities receive fragmented services.  This talk examines the obstacles that keep us working in silos and then offers recommendations for breaking out of our isolated roles to support the whole child together.

 

Workshop: Bringing back the “I” in “IEP”

Speaker: Dr. Sara E. N. Kangas
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Lehigh University

Description:  For English learners with disabilities, IEPs often lack real consideration of their bilingual learning needs.  In this way, the individualization of their IEPs is profoundly underdeveloped.  Using a case study approach, this workshop explores practical strategies for collaboratively developing IEPs that extend beyond disabilities to include the first and second language needs of English learners with disabilities.

 

Session: Referral to Diagnostic Decision: The Process for SLPs Working with Diverse Students

Speaker: Dr. Ellen Stubbe Kester
Founder and President of Bilinguistics

Description: In this session we will review all of the necessary elements of the assessment process from the referral to the diagnostic decision.  We will explore the referral information, selection of assessment tools and tasks, interpretation of performance, dynamic assessment, and how those all influence the diagnostic decision. Case studies for a preschool and school age student will be presented to highlight the process from start to finish.

 

Session: Translating Assessment Results to Intervention Goals

Speaker: Dr. Ellen Stubbe Kester
Founder and President of Bilinguistics

Description: In this session we will highlight the information from the assessment process that informs effective and functional intervention goals.  We will follow a case study of a preschool student and one of a school-age student to determine effective goals, contexts, and levels of cueing.


Session: Case Studies in Speech Sound Assessment of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Speaker: Dr. Raul F. Prezas
Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin State University

Description: Children with speech sound disorders comprise a majority of school caseloads in the United States. Practitioners often have many questions related to best practices for speech assessment for all children, but especially for children who are culturally and linguistically diverse. The purpose of this session is to provide guidelines and recommendations for the speech sound assessment of bilingual children. Two case studies will be presented and discussed. Topics will include an overview of the referral process (RTI), assessment modifications, recommendations to account for dialects, common challenges/concerns, qualification guidelines, IEP and goal-writing strategies, and tips for report writing.


Session: Case Studies in Speech Sound Intervention of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

Speaker: Dr. Raul F. Prezas
Associate Professor in the Department of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin State University

Description: A child’s ability to communicate and be understood by others (i.e., intelligibility) is critical for his/her early academic success. Although practitioners often provide services for bilingual children with speech sound disorder, survey data suggests there are still many questions related to bilingual speech sound intervention. This session will offer information related to evidence-based practice in phonological intervention for culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Two case studies will be presented and discussed. Topics will include theories of bilingual intervention, intervention models based on severity-level, production-practice words to encourage generalization, therapy material ideas, and dialectal considerations.


Session: Bilingual School Psychology: Assessment and Clinical Decision-Making

Speaker: Dr. Pedro Olvera
Associate Professor of the School Psychology program at Azusa Pacific University (APU)

Description: This workshop will discuss key areas assessed by school psychologists, an overview of Cattell-Horn Carroll (CHC) cognitive theory, language of assessment determination, and establishing key points of collaboration between school psychologist and speech and language pathologists.  Case studies will be discussed.

 

Learner Outcomes available upon request.

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