July 7-9, 2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Bilingual Assessment: Past, Present and Future

Elizabeth D. Peña, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This is the 20th anniversary of the Bilingual Symposium. What were we doing in terms of bilingual assessment 20 years ago? And where are we now? At that time, there were few standardized assessments for Spanish-English bilinguals, and fewer still for other language groups. What was available consisted of mainly translated measures. At the same time, there was a push in the field to focus on markers of DLD, rather than on language skills in general. A focus on markers of DLD has moved us forward in better understanding how to construct measures to identify DLD in both monolingual and bilingual populations. This shift has resulted in better measures overall and some emerging measures for the bilingual population. Yet, there are continued challenges. We continue to have a lack of bilingual instruments as well as SLPs to conduct bilingual assessment. Yet, we have an emerging profile of how DLD presents in English language learners. We also have the computational capacity to develop measures that are better tailored to assess individual children based on their language experience.

4:45 pm - 6:45 pm EST

Designing for Equity: Big, Bold Thinking for Speech-Language Pathologists

Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The purpose of this session is to empower speech-language pathologists to think bigger and bolder when it comes to designing for educational and health equity for bilingual and multilingual clients with communication disorders. Session themes include exploring relationships between educational equity and nurturing cultural-linguistic diversity as well as critical links between bilingualism, cultural identity, language rights, and social justice. Dynamic examples will be provided of how SLPs can position themselves to change systems through clinical practice, scholarly research, public engagement, and advocacy.

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

Executive Function and Learning during COVID-19: A Call for Trauma Informed Care

Genesis D. Arizmendi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Trauma resulting from the ongoing pandemic has brought forth the need for clinicians to distinguish between trauma-related limitations to learning and limitations resulting from an underlying learning disability. Spanish-English learning bilingual children have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19, further complicating the history of under- and over-diagnosis of learning disabilities in this community. This session will provide an overview of executive function and trauma-related impacts to learning. Attendees will learn practical strategies to incorporate into assessment and intervention, and how to integrate a framework of trauma-informed clinical care into the speech-language pathologist’s therapy room.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST

The Next Frontier: Re-Imagining Our Approach to Bilingualism in Speech-Language Pathology

Xigrid Soto-Boykin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Traditionally, our prevalent understanding and approach to bilingualism has stemmed from homogenic, monoglossic views of language that do not align with the dynamic nature of bilingualism. This is particularly evident for bilingual children who are racially and linguistically minoritized, as their language practices are often viewed as deficient and incomplete across their named languages. Consequently, despite robust research indicating the value of bilingualism, bilingual children who are racially and linguistically minoritized often face discrimination because of how they speak. In this presentation, we will interrogate existing linguistic ideologies about bilingualism, discuss their origins, and describe the impact of these ideologies in our assessment and intervention of bilingual children. Then, we will reframe bilingualism through an asset-based lens that centers children’s authentic bilingual identities. We also will define translanguaging and how this framework can be implemented in assessment and intervention as an alternative, more equitable approach to promoting children’s bilingualism and positive self-identities. Finally, we will discuss how speech-language pathologists can advocate through policy and ideological shifts in their work settings. This presentation will serve as an initial spark to re-imagining bilingualism in the field.

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm EST

Reflecting on Bilingualism: Journey through the Acquisition Continuum

Taína Jiménez López, SLP.D., CCC-SLP

As part of our Bilingual U program, we have collected information on how to debunk myths regarding bilingualism, understanding the second language acquisition process, and identifying characteristics unique to the bilingual school aged population. 

10:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

Bilingual Assessment: Current Approaches and Strategies

Elizabeth D. Peña, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

We currently have several tools in the bilingual toolkit for improving diagnostic decision making for children who use two languages in their daily lives. These tools which include both standardized measures, as well as clinical observation measures, language samples, and interviews together can provide critical information that leads to good diagnostic decisions. In this presentation, I review the standards for evaluating and selecting measures. I will present case studies that demonstrate the use of these measures and how they can be integrated to make a diagnostic decision.

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EST

Implementing IDEA regulations in Eligibility Reports for English Learners (EL)

Pedro Olvera, Psy.D.

This professional development training is part of the Bilingual U program. It will provide the participant with an overview of integrating legal regulations and ethical considerations into special education reports for English Learners (ELs). The presenter will provide an overview of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) regulations and best practices through case study applications.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm EST

Closing Session: The Road Ahead: Changes, Challenges, and Solutions

Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The purpose of this session is to bring this powerful conference to a wrap, highlighting key themes of language rights and language justice, culturally sustaining practices, and best practices for all speech-language pathologists for serving bilingual and multilingual clients and families. This session will focus on attendees completing an action plan to apply their learning and reflection towards actionable change.