25. Distinguishing Between Difference, Disorder, and Disadvantage | 2022 Literacy Symposium

Speaking: Dr. Lakeisha Johnson

Access all of the sessions at https://pattanliteracysymposium22.sched.com/ 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.