Principles for Working with Bilingual Children

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Presenter: M. Adalaida Restrepo, PhD, CCC-SLP

Course Preview:
This workshop presented cultural and linguistic considerations in assessment and intervention of bilingual preschool and early school age children at different levels of bilingualism with a focus on Spanish-speaking children with language impairments. Attendees evaluated cultural considerations that impact language assessment and compared the different techniques for assessing children.  Attendees also discussed case studies and intervention goals.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Evaluate cultural considerations that impact language assessment across cultures\
  • Compare the different techniques for assessing children used to look for converging evidence for language disorders.
  • Discuss case studies and review intervention goals for each case.
  • Discuss language specific vs. global language goals in setting priorities in intervention
  • Discuss case studies and review intervention goals for each case.
About Maria: Dr. M. Adelaida Restrepo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University. She is the director of the Bilingual Language and Literacy Laboratory at ASU; the main mission at the lab is to research best language assessment and intervention practices for bilingual children. She specializes in oral language and emergent literacy development and in prevention of academic difficulties in bilingual children. She is a bilingual speech-language pathologist who has had ongoing funding for at least 10 years in projects building oral language and literacy in preschool and kindergarten children who speak Spanish as their native language. Interventions include direct instruction and teacher professional development programs. She is also funded to develop a language screener for Spanish-speaking children. She is a former associate editor for Language, Speech and Hearing Services in the Schools (2007-2009), and reviews and publishes in a variety of journals in English and Spanish. She is a certified member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Additional Information

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)

Course Timeline:
90 Minutes: Cultural characteristics and bilingual language considerations in assessment and intervention.
90 Minutes: Assessment practices with a focus on Spanish-English bilinguals
90 Minutes: Intervention principles from global to local from local to global language skills
90 Minutes: Continued discussion regarding intervention.

Disclosure statement:

Financial: Dr. M. Adalaida Restrepo receives royalties from and a salary from Arizona State University where she is a Professor.  She also is an author and receives royalties from Plural Publishing and grants from IES regarding her research.

Nonfinancial - She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.

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