One important feature of a quality speech-language disability evaluation is the appropriate elicitation and analysis of language samples. Research has shown that speech-language evaluators generally lack this important skill and instead either do not analyze a language sample or simply rely on conversational speech samples that often fail to stress the linguistic system enough to demonstrate true linguistic strengths or weaknesses. Dr. Crowley’s School-age Language Assessment Measures (SLAM) materials are widely used nationally and internationally as they elicit quality language samples and Dr. Crowley has developed a protocol on how to measure student performance. Most recently, Dr. Crowley has created approaches for online teletherapy assessments using the SLAM materials that she will share. This presentation is built to develop skills in eliciting and analyzing language samples that can be immediately applied to the clinician’s next speech-language evaluation, whether virtual or in-person.
ASHA: 0.2 Intermediate
CA SLPAHB: 2.0
Catherine Crowley, J.D., Ph.D., CCC-SLP is a Professor of Practice in the program of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College Columbia University where she founded and directs the bilingual/multicultural program focus and the Bilingual Extension Institute. Dr. Crowley’s work focuses on enhancing the quality of services that children and students receive particularly those from minoritized groups including students from lower socio-economic status. She is an experienced attorney with significant experience in developing regulations and policies and regularly consults on assessment issues with federal, state, and local agencies. She has drafted regulations and provided guidance on appropriate disability evaluations for State Education Departments and State Departments of Health for early intervention, and for school districts and State education departments for preschool and school-age disability evaluations. Her website leadersproject.org provides evaluation resources and assessment materials and regularly receives over 15,000 visits a month from well over 100 countries worldwide. An ASHA Fellow, Dr. Crowley is active at the national level and has won several national awards including ASHA’s awards for “Special contributions to multicultural affairs” and “Significant contributions to international issues”, and “Outstanding contributions to the schools.”
Since 2006 Dr. Crowley has led annual trips to Bolivia, Colombia, Ethiopia and Ghana. Her approach is to develop local capacity and to provide her SLP graduate students opportunities to acquire high quality clinical skills as global citizens that will transfer to their work with diverse populations in the U.S.
- Attendees will acquire two skills to assess syntax of language samples.
- Attendees will identify two ways to elicit language samples in speech-language evaluations.
- Attendees will acquire evidence-based practice approaches to analyzing language samples.
- Attendees will learn how to use language elicitation materials through telepractice.
This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.
Financial— Dr. Crowley will receive a speaking fee from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference. Dr. Crowley is author of the School-age Language Assessment Measures (SLAM) materials
Nonfinancial— Dr. Crowley is the author of the leadersproject.org that provides evaluation resources and assessment materials.
5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction
25 mins – Review of popular therapeutic approaches
50 mins – Methodology
30 mins – Results and Recommendations
10 mins – Q&A