New Product: Speech Language Assessment of Older Internationally Adopted Children

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IAToday  I am very excited to introduce to you my brand new product which has been long in the making.  “Speech Language Assessment of Older Internationally Adopted Children”. In the past I have written a number of articles and blog posts as well as done a number of  presentations on related topics. I finally decided that it’s a great time to put it all together and created this 65 slide presentation which succinctly explains how to assess speech language abilities of older Internationally Adopted (IA) Children.

Presentation Summary

—Institutionalization affects every child’s speech-language development. Signs of delay can be obvious or obscure; show immediately or years later. This presentation will review the latest literature regarding the language abilities of post-institutionalized children adopted at older ages. It will discuss language development of older children post-adoption, explain the difference between conversational and cognitive language competencies, offer pre-adoption recommendations, address select pre-assessment preparations as well as to provide recommendations on best assessment practices for these children.
 
Learner outcomes:
  • —Review the latest literature regarding the language abilities of post-institutionalized children adopted at older ages
  • —Discuss language development of older children post-adoption
  • —Explain the difference between conversational and cognitive language competencies
  • —Outline pre-adoption recommendations and their importance
  • —Address select pre-assessment preparations
  • —Provide recommendations on best assessment practices for IA children

Slide Content:

  • Introduction
  • Statistics
  • Concerns regarding older adoptees
  • Language Development of older IA children post-adoption
  • Models of Second Language Acquisition
  • Birth Language Attrition
  • L2 Acquisition
  • Communicative vs. Cognitive Language Gains
  • What is Academic Language?
  • Academic Language Functions
  • The difference between CLF/CLM and BICS/CALP
  • Older IA children and Language Gains
  • Pre-adoption Recommendations
  • Documentation of birth language speech delays
    • When it’s not in the records
  • Post-Adoption Assessment Preparation
  • Records Review and Risk Factors Assessment
  • A Note on Alcohol-Related Deficits
    • Maternal Risk Factors
    • Asking the right questions re: FASD related risk factors
  • Understanding the risks
  • Determining Presence of Birth-Language Delay (without documentation)
  • Assessment Recommendations
  • Initial Assessment Recommendations: Newly Adopted Older Child
  • Assessing IA child one year post arrival
  • Eliciting Language Samples
  • Dynamic Assessment
  • Putting it all together
  • Assessing Older Child Several Years Post Adoption
  • Determining Severity
  • Follow-Up Monitoring of Possible Problem Areas
  • Focus on Behavior
  • Conclusion
  • Helpful Resources
  • References
  • Contact Information

Are you an adoptive parent, a speech language pathologist, or a related professional? Does this presentation sound like something of interest for you to read or to forward to others?  Then you can find this material in my online store HERE. Don’t forget to leave feedback. I would love to know what you think!

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