NAU’s Communication Sciences and Disorders Summer 2014 Conference

Co-sponsored by: Arizona Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Date: Monday, June 30, 2014
Time: 8:00 – 3:15pm
Location: NAU – Flagstaff, AZ
CEUs: This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

This program will be presented in two parts. In the morning the content will focus on the development, administration, and interpretation of the new CELF-5: Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals –Fifth Edition. It will open with background information on clinical assessment, test models, and how principles of measurement are used in test interpretation. The evolution of CELF-5 will then be discussed in detail including: (1) how the CELF Model has changed over the years; (2) what’s new and innovative; (3) predictive and statistical properties critical to differential diagnosis; (4) examination of the reading, writing and expanded pragmatics tests; (5) using the CELF-5 Observational Rating Scales (ORS) in classroom-based performance assessment; and (6) some illustrative case study analyses. In the afternoon, the topic will shift to the development, administration, and interpretation of the CELF-5 Metalinguistics Test. The ability to use one’s communication and language system as a tool is an essential aspect of school-age language competence. Students must be able to pay the toll at the metalinguistic bridge or risk being left behind. This novel and critically important diagnostic tool will be discussed in detail. Participants who attend this program will leave a clearer understanding of clinical and educational measurement and practical strategies they can put to use right away.

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Secord is the author or coauthor of several standardized tests and other assessments especially the new CELF-5, which will be discussed in this program.  He receives income from royalties, presentations, or consultations related to their use.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Secord is employed at a university that values scholarly publications and presentations. He may be promoted or given salary increases for his publication efforts.  In addition, his reputation as a faculty member at Ohio State University (OSU) is also served positively through this process.