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Assessment for Developmental Language Disorder

Assessment for Developmental Language Disorder: Connecting Purpose With Practical Methods and Tools (On Demand Webinar) (PD102870)

Presenter(s): Suzanne Adlof, PhD
Course Description

This webinar will provide information to help SLPs feel more confident during the challenging process of assessing and diagnosing children with developmental language disorder (DLD). The webinar will define, compare, and contrast the features associated with various assessment tools and discuss the rationale for different assessments. The speaker will address how to select the best assessment instrument for the particular child and how to utilize information gained to inform clinical decisions. The speaker will combat common misconceptions about language assessments and provide practical, evidence-based strategies for assessment planning and interpretation. Using case studies and clinical scenarios, the presenter will demonstrate a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach that integrates data across assessments.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Explain how language assessment instruments can address the needs of children with DLD within multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) frameworks 
  • Select the most appropriate assessment instruments for different clinical scenarios, considering their psychometric properties, suitability for the individual child, and usability within the clinical or educational context 
  • Integrate data across assessments to diagnose DLD and make collaborative treatment decisions that build on strengths and address weaknesses


  • Defining DLD
  • Challenges related to the assessment and diagnosis of DLD; sample clinical scenarios
  • Define, compare, and contrast the features associated with high-quality assessments for screening, diagnosis, and progress monitoring
  • Review of common misconceptions
  • What to do when the ideal test doesn’t exist?
  • Case study examples; practical application
  • Q & A

Presenter Information

Suzanne M. Adlof, PhD (she/her/hers) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina, where she conducts research and teaches coursework related to spoken and written language development and disorders (e.g., dyslexia, developmental language disorder) and directs the SC Research on Language and Literacy Lab (SCROLL Lab). Her research investigates relations between language and reading development and broader academic outcomes with the long-term goals of improving the prevention, identification, and treatment of language and learning disabilities. 

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Full-time, tenured associate professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina
  • Research reported in this presentation has been supported by several grants from NIH/NIDCD, including a current grant supporting the development and validation of a language comprehension assessment for students in the primary grades 

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • ASHA member

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 and submit the learning assessment by the end date below.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: May 22, 2024
End date: May 24, 2029

This course is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 2
ASHA CEU*: 0.2
Item #(s): PD102870
Available Through: May 24, 2029