Best Practices in Nonbiased Assessment of English Learners with Potential Language Impairment

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Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are receiving increasing referrals of English Learners (ELs) with potential language impairment. Because these children speak diverse languages, SLPs have few assessment options that are nondiscriminatory, legal, and that rule out the impact of environment.  In this podcourse, you learned legally sound, non-standardized assessment methods and materials that are easy to implement and represent evidence-based practice. 
By the conclusion of this PodCourse, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe one primary drawback of standardized testing.
  2. Briefly explain “dynamic assessment” of English Learners (ELs) with potential language impairment.
  3. Explain at least one advantage of assessing the working memory of ELs.
About Char: Char Boshart is a therapist, seminar presenter, author, podcast host, and president of Speech Dynamics. She graduated with her Masters from Western Michigan University and began her career in the public schools. Since that time, she’s worked many years in the schools, in the clinical setting, private practice, and as an Assistant Professor and Department Chair at Loma Linda University.

Since 1993, she has presented numerous well-received articulation and language presentations through Speech Dynamics,, as well as through the Bureau of Education and Research (BER).  She writes a weekly blog called “Therapy Matters” and is the host of the podcast, The Speech Link, and is the author of the well-received book, The Easy R.

About Celeste: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She is a Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at California State University, Sacramento, and also a part-time speech pathologist in San Juan Unified School District. She has worked in educational and medical settings with a wide variety of clients ranging from preschoolers through geriatric patients.

She has over 70 publications, including 16 books, and has made over 380 presentations.  Celeste is a Fellow of ASHA, and winner of ASHA’s Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs. She received the national presidential Daily Point of Light Award for her volunteer work in building literacy skills of children in poverty. She lived in the Philippines as the daughter of Baptist missionaries from ages 6 to 17.

Celeste’s primary interests are in the areas of assessment and treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse students with communication disorders as well as service delivery to students from low-income backgrounds.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

1 to 2 minutes: Introduction

3 to 6 minutes: How Celeste’s early years impacted her ability to relate to her EL 

7 to 8 minutes: Why some assessments are “biased”

9 to 11 minutes: The pre-evaluation; Ask case history questions

12 to 16 minutes: The next pre-eval steps:  The child’s classroom abilities, social skills, and teacher’s observations

17 to 20 minutes: The timeline for learning a second language (L2); social proficiency and academic proficiency; assimilation

21 to 25 minutes: The evaluation:  RTI; the Dynamic Assessment (assessing ability to learn via instruction); informal tests

26 to 30 minutes: Using narratives for language instruction; wrapping up Dynamic Assessment

31 to 39 minutes: English learners and working memory; how to use and the benefit of using non-sense syllables

40 to 41 minutes: Incarceration, language and literacy

42 to 49 minutes: Love, Talk, Read (Celeste’s book collection and distribution project) 

50 to 60 minutes: Questions & Answers with Presenter

Disclosure Statement for Char Boshart:

Financial: Char Boshart is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin:

Financial: Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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