Assessing and Supporting English Language Learners & Their Families: Birth to Five

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Becky Green MA, CCC-SLP
In this course, Speech Language Pathologists who are bilingual or monolingual will learn important considerations when assessing, identifying, and treating English Language Learners  from birth through five years of age and support their families in order to ensure the best outcomes for clients and their families. Speech Pathologists will learn the importance of inter-professional and community education in order to clarify misconceptions around bilingual development that may hinder children from reaching their potential as bilingual language learners.
By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:
  1. describe developmental norms for bilingual toddlers and preschoolers
  2. summarize considerations for assessing and treating English Language Learners
  3. explain common misconceptions that both professionals and parents may have regarding bilingual language development
  4. summarize how to support and ensure the best outcomes for English Language Learners and their families including maintenance of the primary language
  5. utilize treatment strategies in early intervention and preschool for bilingual language learners
About Becky Green, MA, CCC-SLP: (In her own words) I was accepted to the University of Colorado Master’s program in Communication Disorders in the spring of 2010. During my two years of graduate school, I found many areas that interested me. I was surprised to find how much I enjoyed counseling groups of families whose children had learning differences. Working with small children with autism during my externship in Fresno, California was also a rewarding experience. When I finished graduate school, I began working in the public schools with preschool to elementary-age students. I also began working with early intervention county services to provide speech and language therapy in the home for little ones. I completed a three day training from Hanen on working with children with social communication challenges and their families. I’m a play-based therapist and love working language and speech learning into daily routines. A few small changes in how we interact can make communication so much easier for our little ones! A few years ago, I became interested in learning more about orofacial development. In other words, how does our facial and oral development impact speech, feeding and swallowing, and breathing. This area truly fascinates me, and provides me with additional tools in my toolbox to work with children (and adults) who have persistent articulation issues, voice disorders, and difficulties chewing and swallowing, which sometimes manifests itself as an overly restricted diet. I love that there is always something new to learn in my field and try to stay on top of the latest research. I love working with clients individually and with coaching parents. I find that parents are way more knowledgeable than they may realize. I look forward to continuing in my career as an SLP in private practice so that I can tailor therapy to client’s needs rather than school or county mandates. I am not yet a parent myself but have just recently married an amazing man, who also speaks Spanish (que bueno!) who is very supportive of my career endeavors. I feel honored that parents put their trust in my skills to support their child’s development.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

5 mins: Introduction/presenter information 

10 mins: Overview of Bilingualism within the professional community and within families

20 mins: Developmental Norms for Sequential & Simultaneous bilingual learners

20 mins: Considerations for Assessment & Diagnosis 

15 mins: Treatment Considerations 

20 mins Beyond Treatment: Advocacy & Education; Q&A

Disclosure Statement for Rebecca Green:

Financial: Rebecca Green owns her own company Green Speech Therapy that consults with schools on creating dual language programs.  She also is a speaker for and receives royalties. She is in the process of publishing a book on bilingual language development for families. 

Non-Financial Disclosure: She is in the process of applying for Doctorate in Multilingual Education from the University Aberta in Lisbon, Portugal.  

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