2012 Bilingual Symposium

  • February 7, 2012
  • Nathan Cornish

Greetings ¡Adelante! readers! After a bit of a hiatus, Bilingual Therapies is proud to bring back our monthly blog. We will publish the list of our upcoming articles in the next few weeks. We invite you to let us know if there are any topics or potential authors that you would like to see featured on ¡Adelante!. For this month’s article, we are pleased to let you know a little more about the Bilingual Symposium coming up in July:

Bilingual Therapies 2012 Symposium in Orlando, Florida

We at Bilingual Therapies hope that 2012 finds you in good spirits. The office staff is buzzing with the thoughts of being in the happiest place on earth this summer-Disney World! The 2012 symposium will be held at the World Center Marriot. We are very proud to announce our speakers and topics for the 2012 Symposium.

The Application of Dynamic Assessment to Bilingual Phonological Disorders
-Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., F-CCC-SLP, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
In assessing bilingual children speech-language pathologists must differentiate disorders from differences. Dynamic assessment is one alternative assessment practice available to clinicians to make that distinction. That practice, however, is less often used for phonology compared to other domains of language. The purpose of this seminar is to discuss the application of dynamic assessment to bilingual phonology.

Grammatical Development of Spanish/English speakers: Applications to Clinical Practice
-Raquel Anderson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
In this session, information concerning the development of grammatical skills in both English and Spanish of young dual language learners will be discussed. Thus, the focus will be on the 0-5 population, although early school age will also be covered. Strategies for evaluating and assessing grammatical skill in dual language learners in general, and Spanish/English learners in particular, will be presented, with implication for treatment of grammatical deficits. Although the presentation will focus on Spanish, the data/research presented will be broad in nature, thus permitting participants to apply the information to other dual language learners.

Bilingualism and Cognition across the Lifespan
-Maria L. Muñoz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
The purpose of this session is to review recent research on bilingualism and cognition in children and adults and draw implications for the assessment and treatment of language and cognitive impairments across the life span. Differences, advantages, and costs associated with bilingualism have been demonstrated on tasks of language processing, memory, attention, and executive functioning. Topics of interest include the organization of and access to semantic memory, strengths in executive functioning that may be provide some protection against cognitive decline later in life, and increased demands on attentional control.

The Dynamics of Bilingualism in Stuttering
-Edna J. Carlo, M.S., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
This session will introduce participants to cultural and linguistic aspects to be considered when assessing and treating bilingual speakers who stutter. Prof. Carlo will discuss theoretical aspects in relation to bilingualism. She will also address frequently asked questions and myths to specifically differentiate between stuttering and lack of language proficiency. Specific examples from Spanish and available clinical resources will be presented.

The Bilingual Practitioner as a Leader, Advocate, and Educator
-Nate Cornish, M.S., CCC-SLP, Co-Clinical Director, Bilingual Therapies, Inc., Skokie, IL
-Melissa White, M.A., CCC-SLP, Co-Clinical Director, Bilingual Therapies, Inc., San Antonio, TX
As the United States becomes increasingly culturally and linguistically diverse, bilingual speech, language and hearing professionals find themselves taking on leadership and advocacy roles for the communities they serve. This keynote session will highlight ways that practitioners serve their clients- and the larger CLD community- outside of the therapy room. Resources for educating and collaborating with colleagues, families and the public will be discussed.

If you are as excited about this symposium as we are, register at www.bilingualsymposium.com.  Hope to see there!

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