Beyond Standardized Testing: A Practical Guide to Effective Language Sampling

Session 5 from ArSHA's 2020 Virtual Convention

Rebecca Archer-Anwar, CCC-SLP, Tuson Unified School; Valorie Andrews, CCC-SLP, Sahuarita Unified School

Standardized testing alone is not enough to determine if a student has a Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), or to make appropriate therapy recommendations. Language sample analysis provides significant information about all aspects of language, and allows Speech-Language Pathologists to make informed clinical decisions. This course will address the drawbacks of using only standardized tests to determine eligibility and therapy targets. Participants will also discuss language sample collection, typical error patterns, considerations for bilingual clients, and software available for language sampling analysis. Finally, participants will identify potential therapy targets based on previously transcribed language samples.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    • Explain why standardized testing alone is not enough for clinical decision-making regarding therapy recommendations.
    • Choose a language sample procedure appropriate for a student’s age.
    • Analyze a student’s language abilities in semantics, syntax, morphology, and pragmatics.


Time Ordered Agenda

3 Minutes -Introduction
3 Minutes -Poll/Discussion
9 Minutes - Why Include Language Samples
20 Minutes - Nitty Gritty of Language Samples
5 Minutes - Questions/Discussion
2 Minutes - Poll/Discussion
20 Minutes - Analyzing Your Sample
5 Minutes - Question/Discussion
13 Minutes - What to Look For in Your Sample
10 Minutes - Case Studies/Questions

Webinar Registration Rates:

$25 for ArSHA members
$50 for non-members

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate; Professional area).

Disclosures:

Financial Disclosure: Valorie Andrews has no relevant financials to disclose.
Non-financial Disclosure: Valorie Andrews has no non-financial relations to disclose.

Financial Disclosure: Rebecca Archer-Anwar has no relevant financials to disclose.
Non-financial Disclosure: Rebecca Archer-Anwar has no non-financial relations to disclose