Español y English: Assessment and intervention for Spanish-English Speakers

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Alejandro Brice, PhD, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologists provide assessment and therapy services for bilingual, Spanish-English speaking students.  The majority of SLP clinicians are monolingual, English speakers.  Consequently, it is imperative that all clinicians become aware of Spanish-English speech-language development, how it differs from English development, and the appropriate assessment and therapy techniques for the bilingual child. The intent of this presentation is to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in SLPs serving Spanish-English speaking children and adolescents.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe introductory knowledge of typical Spanish and English speech-language differences.
  2. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of English assessment strategies for Spanish-English speakers.
  3. Demonstrate introductory knowledge of English therapeutic speech-language strategies for Spanish-English speakers.
About Dr Brice: Alejandro Brice, PhD, CCC-SLP has been an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) member since 1984.  Dr. Brice is a Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and ESOL at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus.  He is a 2011 ASHA Fellow and the 2008 recipient of the ASHA Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.  Dr. Brice worked as a school based speech-language pathologist from 1987 to 1989 and worked in private practice from 1993-1995 in the south Florida area. 

Dr. Brice has concentrated his efforts on improving understanding of bilingual speech and language development to assist SLPs in providing appropriate assessment and instruction to English learners (ELs).  The information from his research has assisted efforts to better assess and identify disorders and disabilities among bilingual school populations.

Dr. Brice has investigated the influences of Spanish on English with regards to phonetics, phonology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics. Speech-language pathologists, general education teachers, and special education teachers are now more knowledgeable about bilingualism, language development, and language learning disabilities.  His aim is to positively impact the lives of culturally and linguistically diverse children and adults through research, presentations, and service.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

0-2:00: Introduction:

A. What is bilingualism

B. Stages of second language development

C. Case Studies

D. Speaking, listening, reading, writing in L1 and L2

2:00-3:00: Assessment:

A. Standard and non-standard assessment

B. What bilingual SLPs should do

C. What monolingual SLPs should do

3:00-4:30: Intervention/Instruction

A. Suggestions for Phonology

B. Suggestions for Morphology

C. Suggestions for Semantics

D. Suggestions for Syntax

4:30-6:00:Working with other professionals and parents (caregivers) and Q&A

Disclosure Statement for Dr Brice:

Financial: Dr. Brice is a presenter for Video Continuing Education LLC and receives royalties.

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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