Bilingual Symposium - 2008
Meet the Presenters



Brian Goldstein, Ph. D., F-CCC-SLP

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Title: Interaction in Bilingual Language Acquisition

Bio: Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University. He received a B.A. in Linguistics from Brandeis University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University.

Dr. Goldstein is well published in the area of communication development and disorders in Latino children focusing on phonological development and disorders in monolingual Spanish and Spanish-English bilingual children. His work appears in journals such as American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, Communication Disorders Quarterly, and Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Dr. Goldstein is the author of Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Resource Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists, the editor of Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers, and was the Editor of Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools from 2004-2006.

He has served on numerous state and national committees including the Multicultural Issues Board, the Publications Board, and the Council of Editors of the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association. He is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and recipient of the Certificate for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs.

Description: It is commonly accepted that bilinguals are not two monolinguals in one (Grosjean, 1989). This whole view of bilingualism assumes that the language systems of bilinguals are not independent, but interdependent. Thus, interaction across language systems in bilinguals should be expected. The purpose of this seminar is to explore the interaction between language systems in bilingual speakers.

Barbara Gerner de Garcia, Ed. D.

Gallaudet University,Washington, DC

Title: The Intricacies of Language Use in Spanish-Speaking Families With Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

Bio: Dr. Barbara Gerner de Garcia is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Foundations and Research at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She holds degrees from Carnegie-Mellon, Pittsburgh, and Boston Universities. Currently, Dr. Gerner de Garcia teaches "Multicultural Foundations of Education," as well as courses in research and an online course, "Teaching Latino Deaf Students." Her experience in multicultural issues includes 17 years as a teacher of the deaf in the Boston Public schools, numerous publications, presentations, workshops and research on multicultural issues, as well as extensive involvement in local and national organizations dealing with multicultural education.

Dr. Gerner de Garcia has long worked on issues of education of Hispanic/Latino deaf students in the United States, Latin America and Spain. She was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, and was a faculty leader for a study tour for Gallaudet students to Guatemala. She is currently engaged in various projects in the U.S. and Spain to study and increase educational opportunities for deaf students from Spanishspeaking families. Dr. Gerner de Garcia is fluent in English, ASL, and Spanish, and has broad experience in Portuguese and other languages.

Description: This presentation will focus on filling in the knowledge gaps that schools and professionals have about language use in Spanish-speaking families with DHH children, implications for assessment, and language and literacy development. Spanish speaking families with DHH children may exist in trilingual (Spanish, English, ASL) or multilingual worlds. This presentation's topics will include: recognizing the complexities of language use by DHH children and their families, identifying the implications for school practice, and considering models for best practices for professionals serving Latino DHH children, and their families.

Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Title: Childhood Apraxia of Speech in the Bilingual Child: Diagnosis and Treatment Strategies

Bio: Christina Gildersleeve-Neumann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in Speech and Hearing Sciences at Portland State University. Her research, teaching, and clinical areas of interest are typical and disordered speech sound development in children from birth to 6, with emphases on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and multilingual populations. She is conducting a large scale study comparing monolingual and bilingual speech sound development in 3- to 6-year-olds from Spanish- and Russian-speaking environments as well as single-subject design efficacy studies of integral stimulation as a treatment approach for CAS.

Description: Children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) present substantial challenges in assessment and intervention, particularly if they are learning language in a bilingual environment. This seminar will present current best practices on differential diagnosis and treatment for CAS as it relates to monolingual children with CAS. These topics will be further explored for bilingual children with CAS. Additional discussion will include language choices for CAS treatment as well as ways to encourage generalization from one language to the other language.

Tina Taylor-Dyches, Ed. D.

Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Title:Culturally-Responsive Services or Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Families

Bio: Tina Taylor Dyches, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor and Coordinator for Special Education Programs in the Department of Counseling, Psychology and Special Education at Brigham Young University, where she helps administer a Special Education/ESL teacher training program through a nationally-funded grant. Dr. Dyches has worked with individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families for more than 20 years and was awarded for her service as the Autism Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of America. Her professional interests include family adaptation and multicultural issues affecting children with autism and their families. Dr. Dyches lives in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, with her husband, David, and son, Logan.

Description: This interactive session will provide participants with practical information regarding multicultural issues related to individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, including disproportionate representation, and culturally/ linguistically-responsive assessment, services, and evaluation. Background information about ASD will be provided, followed by practical strategies for working with students with ASD. Handouts including relevant resources will be provided.

Hortencia Kayser, Ph.D., F-CCC-SLP

St. Louis, MO

Title: Language Sampling and Language Analysis

Bio:Hortencia Kayser, Ph.D. CCC-SLP received her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. at New Mexico State University. Dr. Kayser is a Fellow of ASHA and has received the Special Recognition Award for Contribution to Multicultural Affairs. She has written extensively in the areas of assessment and intervention in Spanish-English speaking children and recently published "Educating Latino Preschool Children" by Plural Publishing. Her research interests have been assessment issues and emergent literacy in young bilingual children.

Description: The purpose of this session is to present: 1) examples of language sample procedures used with Latino children in current research projects; 2) analysis procedures developed by these projects; and 3) a critique and discussion of these procedures and products with the participants concerning feasibility and practicality in clinical practice.