Westchester Speech, Hearing and Language Association Presents:
“Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Evaluations: Building Skills Consistent with Current Evidenced-Based Practice”
Presenter: Catherine “Cate” Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP
This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Professional, Intermediate level
Sunday, February 7, 2021
9:00 am -12:15 pm; Virtual – Zoom Event
Over the past few decades the field of SLP has expanded to reach more populations and those with greater linguistic diversity; yet too often what is considered to be the accepted way to identify a language-based disability is based on the administration of standardized tests. These tests regularly fail to tease out disability from language differences or lack of prior knowledge of the content assumed by the test leading to over- and under-identification of students due to implicit biases in assessment practices.
Fortunately, a significant area of research has developed that guides evaluators to move beyond standardized tests that primarily focus on morphology and vocabulary. Clinicians must learn new assessment skills including on elicitation and analysis of language samples, dynamic assessment, and non-word repetition tasks.
In this talk, participants acquire an understanding of that research and how to apply the research to their evaluations thereby increasing the accuracy of their evaluations. Videos of case studies are used for analysis, so participants acquire skills to apply to their next evaluation.
Catherine Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP is Professor of Practice in the CSD program at Teachers College, Columbia University where she founded and directs the bilingual/multicultural program focus and the Bilingual SLP Extension Institute. An ASHA Fellow and experienced attorney, Dr. Crowley’s work focuses on enhancing the quality of services that children and adolescents receive, particularly bilingual and minoritized students and students from lower socio-economic status.
She regularly consults on assessment issues with federal, state, and local agencies nationwide. Dr. Crowley has received several national awards including ASHA’s awards for “Special contributions to multicultural affairs”; “Significant contributions to international issues”; and “Outstanding contributions to the schools.” She received the 2012 Humanitarian Award from the National Coalition of Ghanaian Associations and 2015 Honors of the NYSSLHA.
Her website, leadersproject.org, offers free courses and resources and receives over 25,000 visits each month from over 100 countries. Dr. Crowley works internationally in cleft palate and is the only SLP on the Smile Train Medical Advisory Board. She is trilingual in English, Spanish, and French.
Disclosure: Dr. Crowley is receiving an honorarium for this program. Nonfinancial: Dr. Crowley is the Director of leadersproject.org
- Identify the State and Federal legal framework for disability evaluations.
- Describe current evidence-based and ethical practice approaches to disability evaluations.
- Describe how to use dynamic assessment, nonword repetition tasks, and language sample analysis in speech-language evaluations in order to make ethically sound decisions and reduce implicit biases when assessing those with cross-linguistic or multicultural backgrounds
9:00-10:00 Current law and research: Implicit biases present in the clinical approaches that lead to misidentification of children/adolescents
10:00-10:30 Dynamic assessment
10:45-11:45 Language sample elicitation and analysis
11:45-12:05 Nonword repetition tasks
If you pay by January 3:
$35 Program fee (if you already paid 2021 membership dues)
$85 ($35 program fee + $50 for 2021 membership dues)
Program fee will increase to $50 as of January 4th
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