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Preparation for Post-Pandemic School Re-Integration

The upcoming year will be unlike any other.  Parents and caregivers should take the time to prepare their children as they re-integrate into their schools so as to minimize transition challenges that may be encountered. Coming out of a pandemic-impacted year it should come as no surprise that many children may not be emotionally ready or […]

Bilingualism and Children with Language and/or Cognitive Disabilities

Children with bilingual abilities are often misunderstood when contextualized within environments in which monolingualism is expected. Common classifications like English Learners (ELs) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) fail to fully describe bilingual children that come from a home in which another language is spoken and is simultaneously learning English. Misunderstanding bilingualism can create misconceptions about […]

Top 5 Resources to Help SLPs that Work With Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations

More than 21 percent of the U.S. population—or 60.3 million people—speak a language other than English at home, according to figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, and those figures continue to rise. As a result, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the United States are seeing increasing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) clients. The large […]

MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventory for SLPs

Fereshteh Kunkel, Ph.D. CCC-SLP. Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, San José, CA Fereshteh Kunkel earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, with a double major in Communication Disorders and Spanish. During her undergraduate studies, she learned American Sign Language and spent a summer research internship at Gallaudet University. She received a master’s […]

Preparing for Bilingual Graduate Programs

Raquel Anderson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP. Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist, Bloomington, IN Raquel Anderson is an associate professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Indiana University, Bloomington Campus. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of child language disorders, with a special on child second language acquisition. In particular, she studies children with language […]

4 Benefits of Telepractice in Schools

With a growing multicultural population, the need for bilingual school professionals is increasing. This means that there is a high demand for expert speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, sign language interpreters, and school psychologists and an even higher demand for those that are bilingual. Unfortunately, there are current shortages of speech-language pathologists and some areas do […]

Top 5 Characteristics of Bilingual SLPs

Bilingual speech-language pathologist (SLP) have a unique skillset. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, only 6.5% of speech-language pathologists identify as being bilingual or multilingual. Not only are they experts in typical language development and communication disorders in their native language, but they also understand the same concepts in another language. As we celebrate Better […]

Strategies for Assisting Students with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a common learning disability that can results in difficulty reading. There are several resources for school-based professionals to utilize in order to assist students coping with dyslexia. There is no cure for dyslexia however there are strategies that school-based professionals can use to assist students with. We have included a few of those […]