2022 PaTTAN Literacy Symposium

25. Distinguishing Between Difference, Disorder, and Disadvantage

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Session Dates

Wednesday June 15, 2022 8:30 AM - 9:45 AM - Webinar

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), educators, and other practitioners have consistently noted the diagnostic challenge observed when attempting to distinguish between the typical linguistic variation of African American English (AAE) speakers, the clinical indicators of language disorder and language delay based on the impact of being reared in poverty. As the development of literacy skills is dependent upon strong language foundations, the early identification and intervention for students with true language and literacy weaknesses is critical. We will discuss evidence-based assessment and treatment practices that practitioners can utilize when working with speakers of AAE and other non-mainstream dialects. (k-5)

Target Audience

Elementary Educators, Secondary Educators, Special Education Teachers, Speech Language Practitioners, School Leaders/Administrators, Reading Specialists, Teachers of English Language Learners, Literacy Coaches, Instructional Support Team Members, School Psychologists, Pre-Service Teachers, Higher Education Instructors, Paraprofessionals, and Families

Topics Covered: Literacy

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Kelly Kapp, at 717-901-2271, or kkapp@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Dr. Lakeisha Johnson

Event Contact:


Kelly Kapp

Content Contact:

Pam Kastner

Additional Info

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