Rethinking the Bilingual Delay: Data & Implications for Clinical Decision-Making

Rethinking the Bilingual Delay: Data & Implications for Clinical Decision-Making
Dr. Elizabeth Peña, CCC-SLP

Power Up Conference, Day 1
December 2nd, 4pm ET/ 1pm PT
Available as a Self-Study course on December 5th

In the U.S. one in five children has exposure to another language in their home or community. As such, patterns of language acquisition can be highly variable. An educational challenge in this population how to distinguish between typical and atypical performance in L1 and L2 use. Comparison to of bilingual children’s language to monolinguals may contribute to high rates of misidentification of developmental language delay. On the other hand, assumptions of a “normal” bilingual delay may contribute to documented delays in identification and intervention.

ASHA: 0.2

Intermediate, Live

CA SLPAHB: 2.0 Live 

CMH: 2.0 Live

Elizabeth Peña is Associate Dean of Faculty Development & Diversity and Professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Education. She is a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and is a Fellow of the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Her research focuses differentiating language impairment from language difference in bilingual children. This work examines children’s lexical-semantic, morphosyntactic, and narrative performance across both their language. She is a co-author on the Bilingual English Spanish Assessment (BESA) designed to identify speech and language impairments in children who have exposure to Spanish and English.

  1. Discuss whether bilingual children are at elevated risk for developmental language disorder (DLD)
  2. Describe how L1 and L2 performance can be combined to increase diagnostic accuracy for determining DLD in bilinguals; and
  3. Analyze the nature of the “bilingual delay” using a person-based vs. a variable-based approach.

This course must be watched in its entirety. In order to receive the CMH or the CEU certificate, a quiz is required to be completed with 80% success.

Financial— Dr. Pena receives a speaking honorarium from the Lavi Institute/Power Up Conference. She is a co-author on the Bilingual English Spanish Assessment (BESA) designed to identify speech and language impairments in children who have exposure to Spanish and English.

Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial

5 mins – Disclosures, Introduction

50 mins – Literature Review and Methodology

55 mins – Results and Recommendations

10 mins – Q&A

This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Our Guarantee. Lavi Institute seeks to maintain and enhance our reputation of providing you with high quality educational services for the speech pathology industry. If you attend one of our seminars or webinars and do not receive the educational and professional benefits described in our literature, or have some other professional complaint, please let us know in writing within seven days of attending our seminars/webinars. We value complaints as they assist us to improve our products, services and customer service. Lavi Institute is committed to being responsive to the needs and concerns of our customers or potential customers and to resolving your complaint as quickly as possible. You may contact us at www.laviinstitute.com/contact 

Accommodations. Contact Dr. Lavi (909) 724-8564 or adriana@laviinsitute.com  if you require accommodations such as video course transcripts or video captioning.

Scroll to Top