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Culturally Responsive Assessments in Schools (PD102739)

Presenter(s): Fe D Murray, EdD, MS, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This session explores a situation that many school-based SLPs find themselves in: Serving students whose languages and cultures differ from their own. The presenter uses case studies to review the role of monolingual SLPs in evaluating culturally and linguistically diverse students and explores evaluation protocols to help distinguish between communication difference and disorder.

This course is a recorded session from the 2022/2023 online conference “Assessment, Eligibility, and Dismissal in Schools: Strategies, Tools, and Decision-Making.”

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain one way to determine what language(s) a bilingual child should be evaluated in
  • List two procedures that can be part of a bilingual assessment protocol
  • Identify and share a resource that an evaluator may use to help determine difference vs. disorder

Fe González Murray, EdD, MS, CCC-SLP, is an associate clinical professor in the department of Communication Science and Disorders at Northern Arizona University (NAU). Prior experiences include working as professional interpreter and translator, and working as a bilingual SLP (English and Spanish) for 25 years in early intervention, schools, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, and home health. Most of her career has been spent working with Diné (Navajo Nation) and Latino families. She completed a research EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse exceptionalities (CLDE) in 2012 and joined NAU shortly thereafter. As faculty at NAU, her primary responsibilities include supervising graduate students in their clinical practicum rotations (including a bilingual evaluation and treatment team) and teaching graduate courses. Her clinical and research interests include pediatric speech sound disorders; language disorders and delays; bilingual assessment and treatment; cultural reciprocity, responsiveness, and humility; and client/family empowerment. Dr. Murray has a history of advocacy for audiologists, SLPs, and SLPAs in the state of Arizona as a longtime executive board member of the Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ArSHA), including a 2-year stint as President. She serves ASHA on the Coordinating Committee for SIG 14, and on the Multicultural Issues Board.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Member of ASHA's Multicultural Issues Board
  • Member of Coordinating Committee for ASHA SIG 14 (Cultural and Linguistic Diversity)

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Online conference dates: October 12–24, 2022, February 1-13, 2023
End date: April 11, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102739
Available Through: April 12, 2028