Professor Elizabeth Peña is presenting a course at the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) convention on Friday, November 10, in Los Angeles. The title of her course is "SC19 Differentiating Language Difference from Language Impairment in Multicultural Preschool and School-Aged Children: Practical Tools." The topic area is Cultural and Linguistic Issues. Co-presenters are Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin and Catherine Crowley.
Professor Peña's research interests include bilingualism, language impairment, language development, and assessment bias and measurement.
Course Abstract: This session is developed by, and presenters invited by, SIG 14: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Issues. Invited speakers will provide evidence-based approaches to distinguish language disorder from language differences when evaluating early childhood and school-aged children from bilingual/multicultural backgrounds. With a focus on dynamic assessment, participants will learn to assess the ability to learn new content instead of prior knowledge. The course will also target appropriate ways to elicit and analyze language samples.