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Difference or Disorder? Language Development in Bilingual English Learners (SC04)

Friday, July 20
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Room 309
CE: 0.15 ASHA CEUs/1.5 PDHs

This session is for the in-person event only and is not available with Connect On-Demand.

This session is eligible for Pennsylvania Act 48 professional education hours.

This session will focus on how to determine whether a bilingual child is presenting with a language difference or language disorder. The presenter will discuss communicative structures that are affected by bilingualism as well as describe developmental errors, cross-linguistic errors, and atypical errors to give SLPs the tools to discern differences caused by second language influence from true disorder.

Learning Objectives:

Scott Prath, MA, CCC-SLP

Vice President / Speech-Language Pathologist
Bilinguistics Speech and Language Services

Scott Prath, MA, CCC-SLP, is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and the vice president of Bilinguistics Speech and Language Services in Austin, Texas. His career has focused on bridging the gap between proven research and applying these findings to the needs of the field. He has worked in early childhood intervention and currently serves bilingual children in the school and clinic settings. His recent focus has been creating a certificate process for educational professionals in Mexico to gain knowledge on speech-language pathology, while also conducting research on correctly identifying and evaluating special education populations. Prath has authored or co-authored 10 books on evaluating and providing services for diverse populations. He is a co-author on the Bilingual Articulation and Phonology Assessment (BAPA), which is the first bilingual standardized test for the iPad, and the Test of Articulation and Phonology (iTap). He is a national and international presenter whose work has been captured in more than 40 online professional development courses offered at He interacts with professionals through The Speech Therapy Blog, a blog he helped create, which has more than 10,000 subscribers.

Financial Disclosures: Salary from Bilinguistics; Bilinguistics receives royalties from product sales, and these products may be indirectly referenced during these presentations through case studies and examples; financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures: None

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