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Determining Cultural and Linguistic Sensitivity of Static Assessments: Options for Alternate Assessment (PD102767)

Presenter(s): Samantha C Washington, EdD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

This session provides strategies to assess standardized assessments' cultural and linguistic sensitivity and provides guidance for the use of alternative assessment options. Many of the static assessments administered by speech-language pathologists have some degree of cultural assumptions and are often limited in representing diverse groups. Administration of these assessments can lead to misdiagnosis of culturally and linguistically diverse patients. However, utilizing nonlinguistic processing tasks, language samples, and dynamic assessments have been shown to be effective assessment options for linguistically diverse patients. 

This course is a recorded session from the 2022 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 5008V).

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DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify three key elements when determining the cultural and linguistic sensitivity of static assessments
  • Identify four linguistic variations leading to misdiagnosis
  • Describe three types of dynamic assessment

Presenter Information

Samantha Washington, EdD, CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University. She has worked as a pediatric SLP for several years across public school and outpatient rehabilitation settings. Dr. Washington received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology from the University of Central Missouri, and a Doctor of Education in special education from Walden University. Her interests include literacy, multicultural topics in CSD, and ethics.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Salaried assistant professor in Communication Science and Disorders at Southeast Missouri State University

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Affiliate of 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

Content origination date: November 2022
End date: February 1, 2029.

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102767
Available Through: February 01, 2029