The Language of Language Assessments

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Presenter: Michelle L.W. Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP and Erin Forward, MSP, CF-SLP

In this episode Michelle is joined once by again by her dynamic First Bite partner the lovely Miss Erin Forward, MSP CF-SLP. Today they jump into the data behind the Language Assessments that we use to evaluate our little ones. Specificity, Sensitivity, Validity, and even ASHA Guidelines on what is “Best Practice for Assessments” and when we should draw our proverbial line in the sand and trash a test are all covered. Be warned, there are a couple of EBP Soapboxes floating around!


By the end of this PodCourse, participants will be able:

  1. To define and describe industry guidelines for best practice as pertains to Sensitivity, Specificity, and Validity.
  2. To identify and explain Sensitivity, Specificity, and Validity, as pertains to 3 standardized language assessments.
  3. To identify and 2 parameters for best practice when using a questionnaire for an assessment.
About Michelle: Michelle Dawson, MS, CCC-SLP is an accomplished lecturer and PEDs Therapist, she has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 

About Erin: Erin Forward, MS CF-SLP, is a recent graduate from University of South Carolina, with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. She completed her undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Her passions in the field of speech pathology lie with pediatric dysphagia, feeding, and AAC, specifically in patients with developmental disabilities. This interest came from her time working at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and through her feeding experiences in practicums in a variety of settings including: early-intervention, outpatient clinics, and inpatient acute care at a children’s hospital. Working with Michelle Dawson during the summer of 2017 fueled her desire to dig deeper into pediatric dysphagia specifically and to advocate for the needs of those patients who are affected by it.
Additional Information

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

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-10: Introductions and Backgrounds

10-20: Discuss terminology of Sensitivity, Specificity, Validity, and ASHA’s position statements behind best practice when selecting a language assessment.   

20-30: Discuss the Sensitivity, Specificity, Validity of CELF-P, PLS-5, TOLD-P

30-45: Discuss best practice guidelines behind using questionnaires such as “The Reel” and The Rosetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale. 

45-1:00: Questions and Answers

Disclosure Statement for Michelle Dawson:

Financial: Michelle Dawson is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Erin Forward:

Financial: Erin Forward is a presenter for and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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