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Multicultural Considerations in Language Assessment and Autism Screenings
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity was multicultural considerations in language assessment and autism screenings. Topics included (a) assessing article production accuracy in an Arabic-English speaking child and (b) examination of the utility of the Vietnamese language version of the Modified Checklist of Autism in Toddlers-Revision with Follow-Up (M-CHAT-R/F) for screening Vietnamese children for autism risk.
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Bilingual Parents’ Experiences Receiving Advice Regarding Language Use and Perspectives Related to Multicultural Training With SLPs
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity was bilingual parents’ experiences receiving advice regarding language use and perspectives related to multicultural training with SLPs. Topics included (a) examining the advice parents of bilingual children received from healthcare professionals and teachers regarding the language(s) their children should learn and use and (b) assessing whether SLPs feel adequately prepared to interact with, assess, instruct or treat multicultural clients.
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Perceptions of Narrative Quality in School-Age African American English (AAE) Speakers (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
School-based SLPs who work with African American children can feel underprepared to properly evaluate their language abilities. This on demand webinar (available beginning December 23, 2022) explores variation in narrative practices common within AAE-speaking communities. The presenters discuss widely held beliefs about narrative language and its variation, how these beliefs affect clinical practice, and insights from research into how we can expand our narrative language assessment practices to be more inclusive of culturally based narrative variation.
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Disability and Ableism: Opportunities and Challenges of Diversity, Allyship, and Power (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Audiologists and SLPs can better serve individuals with disabilities when we are cognizant of ableism, implicit bias, and microaggressions. This on demand webinar explores perspectives on disability as well as the acquisition of a disability identity and voice. The speaker discusses the importance of allies and alliances and how clinicians can contribute to client, student, and patient empowerment.
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What Is Dynamic Assessment?
Format(s): Micro Course
When testing children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds, SLPs can use dynamic assessment (DA) as an alternative to standardized testing. In this course - which is broken into six 5-minute blocks - speaker Elizabeth Peña answers the oft-asked question, "What exactly IS dynamic assessment?" Peña explains how DA is different from other process-based approaches and guides you through identifying individuals on your caseload who could benefit from DA.
Observing Modifiability During Dynamic Assessment
Format(s): Micro Course
Dynamic assessment - an alternative to standardized testing that accounts for individuals' unique cultural and linguistic identities - helps SLPs identify disorder within linguistic variability. Thus, it is critically important to make careful systematic observations of learning during dynamic assessment. In this course - which is broken into six 5-minute blocks - speaker Elizabeth Peña explores what SLPs need to pay attention to during a mediated learning experience session and guides you through identifying key indicators to help you make clinical decisions for an individual on your caseload.
Using Mediated Learning Experience in Dynamic Assessment
Format(s): Micro Course
Mediated learning experience (MLE) is integral to dynamic assessment, an alternative to standardized testing that accounts for individuals' unique cultural and linguistic identities. In this course - which is broken into six 5-minute blocks - speaker Elizabeth Peña discusses the components of MLE and guides you through building an activity using principles of MLE.
Clinical Decision-Making With Dynamic Assessment
Format(s): Micro Course
A challenge in conducing dynamic assessment - an alternative to standardized testing that accounts for individuals' unique cultural and linguistic identities - is putting together all the information to make a clinical decision. In this course - which is broken into six 5-minute blocks - speaker Elizabeth Peña discusses using dynamic assessment to identify indicators of language difference and language disorder and how to incorporate this information into a clinical report and intervention plan. Peña gives examples and guides you through making recommendations about intervention based on dynamic assessment results.
Turn the Page: Addressing Representation in Picture-Book Selection
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA’s 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides tools for evaluating the picture books you currently use, equips you with arguments for why it is ethically important to use representative picture books and other materials, and helps you identify resources to develop a bookshelf that is aligned with your caseload composition. In addition, the presenters describe programs and strategies for implementing these selection practices into your everyday process. Gather the picture books that you most frequently use in intervention and have them with you when you watch the session.
Culturally Competent Service Delivery in Schools
Format(s): eWorkshop
This session from ASHA's 2021 Schools Connect online conference provides a foundation for understanding aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to service delivery in the school setting and beyond. The presenter shares case studies, strategies, and resources for best practices in providing culturally responsive services in the current social and public health context.
Examining Challenges for Faculty and Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders Programs
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this SIG 14 activity is examining challenges for faculty and students in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Topics include (a) challenges faced by academic mothers in CSD programs; (b) challenges faced by faculty of color in CSD departments; and (c) examining microaggression endorsement in CSD students.
Increasing Equity and Inclusion for Minoritized Students and Faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
Ethnic and racial disparities within the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology have been well documented. Demographic data from the most recent ASHA survey revealed that 6.1% of ASHA members identify as Hispanic or Latino and 8.5% as “racial minorities.” These numbers are significantly below those of the overall U.S. population—16.3% and 27.6%, respectively, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The articles in this collection present models for increasing equity and inclusion across our disciple. Girolamo and Ghali introduce a student-led grassroots initiative that supports minority students at all levels. Mohapatra and Mohan propose a model for increasing student diversity and inclusion based on successful programs from other health-related disciplines. Finally, Mishra et al. examined three challenges that faculty of color face: cultural competency, imposter syndrome, and racial microaggressions.
Clinical Considerations for Working With Multicultural Populations in Schools and in the Community
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this Perspectives activity is clinical considerations for working with multicultural populations in schools and the community. Topics include (a) assessment practices for multilingual children in schools, (b) school-based speech language pathologists working with interpreter-translators, and (c) factors associated with clear speech and accentedness in American English.
Clinical Considerations for Children and Adults From CLD Backgrounds
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
The theme for this Perspectives activity is clinical considerations in assessment of children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds and providing culturally supporting treatment settings. Topics include (a) acoustic parameters of retroflex sounds, (b) the two-question method for assessing gender identity, (c) assessment recommendations for new language learners, and (d) creating culturally supportive settings to foster literacy development.
Morphological Instruction for All: Supporting Linguistically Diverse Students (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar focuses on the importance of morphological instruction to support reading and language development for all students—and specific advantages, tools, and strategies for English learners (ELs) or dual language learners (DLLs) with language and reading disorders.
Progressive Topics for Consideration: Ageism, Systems of Oppression in Geriatrics, and Health Disparities
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
Three progressive cultural topics are examined as they relate to speech-language pathology and audiology: ageism among CSD graduate students; institutional, symbolic, and individual systems of oppression; and the interaction between social determinants and health disparities.
“The Fool Speaks, the Wise Man Listens”: Supporting African American Stroke Survivors With Aphasia
Format(s): eWorkshop
For stroke survivors with aphasia (SWA), language recovery is highly variable given the extent to which damage may exist in multiple neighboring brain regions. For African American SWA, social determinants of health also contribute to stroke recovery and aphasia rehabilitation, and SLPs can play a vital role in ensuring health equity. This session discusses evidence-based practices that holistically support neurorehabilitation for African American SWA, focusing on assessment, intervention, and culturally competent service provision that targets health-related quality of life and health literacy.
Ensuring Language Access in Health Care Settings
Format(s): eWorkshop
An increasingly diverse United States means that clinicians are encountering more languages in hospital settings. SLPs and audiologists have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure language access—that is, to actively bridge communication challenges between clinicians and patients/families who do not speak, understand, read, or write in the same language. This session discusses language access law and solutions for situations in which a trained medical interpreter is unavailable.
Building a Culturally Inclusive & Gender Affirming Space (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
As visibility for transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) folks increases, audiologists and SLPs may wonder how to ensure their practice is inclusive and affirming. This on demand webinar explores culturally competent and inclusive care for gender diverse individuals. The course includes evidence-based practices, knowledge building about TGNC identities, strategies for maintaining safe spaces, and interactive case studies
Enhancing Cultural Competence: Working in Native American and Tribal Communities
Format(s): Journal (Online)
This journal self-study focuses on rationale and techniques for enhancing clinicians’ cultural competence when working in Native American and tribal communities. The articles, originally published in a 2016 issue of Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (SIG 14, Cultural and Linguistic Diversity), address the lasting impact of historical trauma on health and education; the importance of differentiated instruction; the perspective of a student with hearing loss who experiences traditional cultural education; and speech-language intervention programs and services in Native communities.
Evidence-Based Practices for Treating Language Disorders in Dual Language Learners
Format(s): Journal (Online)
SLPs are working with an increasing number of children and families who identify as bilingual, multilingual, or dual language learners (DLLs). This journal self-study explores how family expectations can impact the effectiveness of interventions, how expectations may vary across cultures, and what SLP interventions are considered evidence-based when working with DLLs and culturally and linguistically diverse families.
Evidence-Based Practices to Improve Assessment of Dual Language Learners
Format(s): Journal (Online)
SLPs are tasked with evaluating dual language learners (DLLs), often without speaking the language the child uses most. This journal self-study explores emerging practices that SLPs can use to improve overall assessment quality and outcomes when working with diverse DLLs.
Recognizing Microaggressions: Am I Doing That?
Format(s): Micro Course
Experiencing microaggressions can lead to serious feelings of doubt when it comes to self-worth, productivity, and security. What are microaggressions and microbullying? Am I committing them? How do they impact the person who experiences them? In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – speaker Noma Anderson illuminates these concepts and guides us through purposeful reflection activities that reduce the likelihood of committing microaggressions, ensuring a safer environment for our colleagues and clients, and thereby facilitating more effective communication.
Experiencing Microaggressions: How Can I Respond?
Format(s): Micro Course
People who experience microaggressions feel a range of emotions, frequently including stress, distress, anxiety, insecurity, and decreased feelings of well-being and self-esteem. What can I do when I am a target of a microaggression? What supports can I access? How can I respond effectively? In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – speaker Noma Anderson explores the impacts of microaggressions, provides tools for responding, and guides us through practicing effective and empowered communication strategies as well as purposeful empathy and reflection to reduce the consequences of these events.
Witnessing Microaggressions: What Can I Do?
Format(s): Micro Course
As a bystander, we may not recognize a microaggression as it is happening, may not know what to do, or may feel uncomfortable speaking up, but a passive response can significantly exacerbate the consequences. How should we respond when we witness a microaggression? In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – speaker Noma Anderson explores how to change our natural response as a bystander from passive to productive and guides us through practice activities to improve our ability to recognize microaggressions and increase our confidence in speaking up in support of individuals experiencing these events.
Combatting Microaggressions: How Can I Help?
Format(s): Micro Course
Many people believe in, support, and want to promote fairness, equity, and inclusion, but they often don't know how. What does it mean to be an ally with regards to microaggressions? In this course – which is broken into six 5-minute blocks – speaker Noma Anderson explores practical strategies to eliminate interpersonal and institutional microaggressions and to champion fairness, equity, and inclusion for nondominant groups within our professions and the broader society.
Beyond Standard Scores: Speech-Language Assessment of Dual Language Learners
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Reliance on standardized test scores can be a major contributor to misdiagnosis of dual language learners with speech and language impairment. In this new course, join a panel of experts to explore standardized tests and misdiagnosis, policy support and advocacy for multilingual assessment, and best practices in least biased evaluation for eligibility determination.
Clinical Considerations for Clients From CLD Backgrounds
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
This Perspectives issue focuses on clinical considerations for working with children and adults from culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) backgrounds. Topics presented include (a) effects of clear speech on perceptions of accentedness in American English, (b) ethnographic interviewing in clinical practice, (c) language errors in bilinguals under background noise and quiet conditions, and (d) assessment of speech sound disorders in school-aged children from CLD backgrounds.
Interprofessional Practice in an International World: 2020
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These articles explore how the international world of speech-language pathology and audiology is expanding, and, with it, are opportunities to practice, share, and provide education around the world. The articles discuss sharing resources between speech-language pathologists and audiologists, regardless of practice setting.
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Attn Supervisors: Reframe Your Thinking About Cultural Diversity (SIG 11) (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course is one part of a four-course learning path/course set, Foundations of Effective Supervision. The webinar focuses on the impact of diversity on the supervisory relationship and the importance of cultural competence in clinical supervision. Speakers examine the influence that language, labeling, stereotyping, and implicit bias have on the supervisor and supervisee, as well as discuss strategies and techniques to improve cultural competencies for supervising SLPs and audiologists.
Marginalized Students: Bandwidth Recovery for Academic and Clinical Success (SIG 10)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores factors that diminish the cognitive capacity of communication sciences and disorders (CSD) students, including poverty, racism, and discrimination based on socially marginalized identities, including disability. The COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest have created a daily reality of uncertainty, taking up a lot of bandwidth. Although these issues affect everyone in some way, they impact marginalized groups with greater severity. In this course, the speakers share ideas for the classroom and clinical environments to provide instructors and clinical supervisors with practical strategies to help students recover the bandwidth they need to learn and thrive. Speakers discuss the clinical implications of welcoming a diverse group of students into CSD programs and ways to support them. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 10: Issues in Higher Education.
Personnel Preparation for Multicultural Aspects of Communication Disorders (SIG 14)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This course explores how instructors and clinical supervisors can address multicultural aspects of speech-language pathology and audiology practice and encourage productive discussions on difficult topics among people who may start with varied experiences and perspectives. Members of ASHA's Faculty Development Institute (AFDI) demonstrate how to incorporate culturally responsive activities and assignments into class or in-service presentations. Presenters provide self-assessment and reflection strategies and additional resources for preparing students to be socially responsive, global citizens and culturally competent clinicians. This course – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 14: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity.
Teaching Cultural Competence in Basic Speech Science Courses (SIG 19) (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar will demonstrate how to incorporate cultural and linguistic diversity in an authentic way when teaching basic speech science courses. Speakers will provide examples of teaching activities for speech science, anatomy, and phonetics courses to expand students’ perspectives on foundational science concepts and help them develop an appreciation for the diversity present in speech production. The webinar will address dialects in American English (phonetics), anatomical correlates versus learned behaviors associated with gender differences (anatomy and physiology), and acoustic measures associated with sexual orientation. This webinar – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 19: Speech Science.
The History of African American Language (SIGs 14 and 17) (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This on demand webinar (available beginning November 21, 2020) will explore how the history of African American Language (AAL) relates to culturally sensitive and responsive practices in communication disorders. The webinar will feature first-time screenings of several excerpts from “The History of African American Language,” one episode of a documentary series sequel to the Emmy Award-winning “Talking Black in America.” During the webinar, sociolinguist Walt Wolfram and African American Language scholar and SLP Orlando Taylor will discuss the impacts of the history of African American Language on clinical practices for professionals working with individuals who speak AAL. This webinar – part of the SIGnature Series – was developed by SIG 14: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and SIG 17: Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Related Disorders.
Heritage Language Transmission and Community Engagement
Format(s): SIG Perspectives
These Perspectives (SIG 14) articles focus on learning about variables and challenges that impact heritage language transmission and incorporating student engagement into the local community as part of cultural diversity training in a communication disorders curriculum. Topics include (a) examining variables that contribute to heritage language transmission in Texas, and (b) increasing student awareness of cultural linguistic diversity within the local communities in and around the Los Angeles, CA area.
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Assessment and Communication Development of Bilingual Children (On Demand Webinar)
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Whether they themselves are monolingual or bilingual, SLPs must be able to conduct communication assessments with bilingual children. This webinar discusses typical communication development in bilingual children and explores valid assessment practices for this population.
Services for Bilingual Children With Highly Unintelligible Speech
Format(s): Streaming Video
This video program provides comprehensive information about identifying, assessing, and treating bilingual children ages 3–11 who have highly unintelligible speech. The presenter discusses case studies and current research to provide concrete solutions to common challenges such as figuring out where to begin when providing services, identifying bilingual children at-risk for other concomitant deficiencies, differentiating language difference vs. disorder, and selecting the most effective treatments.
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Identifying Developmental Language Disorder in Linguistically Diverse Schools
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Although clinicians have long understood the risks of misidentifying an English learner or nonmainstream dialect speaker with language impairment, research to date has lacked a more nuanced view of assessment within diverse populations. This journal self-study examines a variety of assessment and screening tools used with children of varying linguistic backgrounds, including speakers of rural southern dialects, speakers of African American English, and Spanish-English bilingual children.
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Transgender Voice and Beyond: Voice and Communication Training for Gender Expression
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Voice modification services for transgender individuals or those with gender-diverse identities is an emerging area of practice for SLPs. While research-based methods for services exist, many SLPs are not sufficiently prepared to serve this population. This webinar will explain the cultural and clinical factors involved in gender-based voice and communication services and describe inclusive practices to support individuals with unique perspectives and concerns. The presenters will share research and clinical cases to illustrate best practice standards for assessment and intervention. Rationales for these standards are based on research regarding communication factors that influence gender attribution by others, factors that influence speakers’ own perception and satisfaction with their voice, and effects of treatment.
Assessment and Intervention for Speakers of Nonmainstream English Dialects
Format(s): Journal (Online)
Distinguishing between language disorder and language difference can be a challenge when a child speaks a nonmainstream English dialect. This journal self-study presents research findings that clinicians can implement with this population in their practice. Two of the articles examine modifications to scoring procedures to correct for dialect in assessments for language impairment. The third article explores the validity of a dialect-sensitive assessment tool. The final article examines the effects of a curriculum designed to teach dialectal differences. In total, the assessment and intervention strategies and tools discussed in these articles will allow SLPs to deliver more effective services and promote academic success for children who speak nonmainstream English dialects.
Phonological Intervention With Bilingual Children: The Complexity Approach
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
This webinar will explore evidence-based methods for treating bilingual children with speech sound disorders. Participants will learn the fundamentals of typological complexity theory, discuss past treatment research in this domain, compare and contrast the complexity approach with developmental approaches to treatment, learn target goal selection, and discuss case studies related to these concepts.
Speech and Language Assessment in Multicultural Populations
Format(s): On Demand Webinar
Assessing individuals from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds can be challenging. This webinar will give SLPs the tools and processes needed to confidently make diagnostic decisions for their students and clients from diverse backgrounds. The webinar will evaluate formal assessment tools and describe effective informal assessment approaches that can help SLPs confidently tease apart difference from disorder.
Collaboration With Interpreters: Securing Positive Outcomes
Format(s): Streaming Video
Even when bilingual SLPs and audiologists are familiar with an individual’s native language, a skilled interpreter may be helpful to assist during the evaluation process. This course offers SLPs and audiologists helpful, evidence-based strategies for working with interpreters to ensure that your time with clients who require interpreters is used effectively.

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