Category: Archived Posts

Interaction in Bilingual Language Acquisition

Thank you for viewing this newest edition of “Adelante.”  Dr. Brian Goldstein asked Bilingual Therapies to post his keynote address from the July 2008 Bilingual Symposium in Los Cabos, Mexico.  This hour-long presentation is entitled, “Interaction in Bilingual Language Acquisition.” It is commonly accepted that bilinguals are not two monolinguals in one (Grosjean, 1989).  This whole view of bilingualism assumes that the language systems of bilinguals are not independent, but interdependent.  Thus, interaction across language systems in bilinguals should be expected.  The purpose of this seminar is to explore the interaction between language systems in bilingual speakers. Please note that this post is offered with the intent of sharing information with the general public.  Although this seminar was offered for ASHA Continuing Education Units at the symposium, Bilingual Therapies is not able to offer Continuing Education credit for viewing this presentation online. We invite you to view the video and follow along with the handouts that Dr. Goldstein has shared with us.  Please feel free to post your questions and comments for Dr. Goldstein and other forum members.  We look forward to hearing from you! goldstein-interaction.pdf Read More »

Phonological Treatment with Bilingual Individuals

Thank you for joining the April 2008 edition of Adelante!  This month, Dr. Leah Fabiano will discuss Phonological Treatment with Bilingual Individuals. The information Dr. Fabiano presents includes:

  • Reviewing existing research on bilingual acquisition and intervention with bilingual children
  • Reviewing current approaches to bilingual speech and language intervention
  • Completing the therapy goal selection process
  • Completing the order goal selection process and choosing initial language of intervention
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Assessment of Phonological Skills in Bilingual Children

This month's video, presented by Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will cover the assessment of phonological skills in bilingual children.  The following topics will be discussed:

  • Completing a case history specific to phonological skills.
  • Completing an independent analysis.
  • Completing a relational analysis.
  • Linking results from the assessment to intervention goals.
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Bilingualism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

¡Bienvenidos! This month’s topic of discussion is Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Bilingual Individual. Given the increasing number of bilingual children in the United States, and the increasing frequency of autism diagnoses, there is surprisingly little information available for clinicians who work with children who are "on the spectrum" from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.A few of the questions communication professionals may face include:

  • How do I help these kids navigate the social constructs of two or more cultures?
  • How do I effectively evaluate pragmatic differences vs. disorders?
  • What is the home culture’s understanding/beliefs regarding autism and how will it affect assessment and intervention.
  • And of course, the same question asked of so many bilingual individuals, In which language do I provide treatment?
Sofia Carias, M.S. CCC-SLP, begins this month’s topic. Please take a moment to view her video and weigh-in on the subject with your questions, comments and experiences. Read More »

Welcome to the Bilingual Therapies Blog

Hello, and welcome to the first edition of Bilingual Therapies Inc.’s new blog “¡Adelante!” I invite you to view the video, which explains a little about the purpose of this community forum. After playing the video, please take a moment to become familiar with the blog and post your comments. We are especially interested in hearing your ideas about different topics we can address here in the future! All of us at Bilingual Therapies are excited about the possibility that this project has in keeping you and others connected and available to discuss/learn about issues dealing with Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology. We are looking forward to your participation! PLEASE STAY TUNED!  Sofia Carias, M.S. CCC-SLP will begin our first official discussion on Bilingualism and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of literature on this topic yet, so please bring your practical experience and questions. I am personally anxious to hear what everyone can share.  Sofia's video will be posted and the discussion will begin very soon.  You can stay up to date on newly posted topics by subscribing to the ¡Adelante! RSS feed. Thanks again for stopping by! ¡Qué tenga un Feliz Año Nuevo 2008! It’s going to be a great year! All my best, Nate Nate Cornish, M.S. CCC-SLP Bilingual Therapies, Inc. Read More »

Goodbye and Adios

This column marks the end of a calendar year as well as the end of my tenure as a column editor for Bilingual Therapies. I can’t believe that it has been three years (January 2005) since John Consalvi, former CEO of Bilingual Therapies, invited me to be the company’s column editor, which I named ¿Qué Tal? (What’s up?). Since I began my charge, I have written 36 columns on various topics that I hoped would be of interest not only to practicing clinicians working with primarily ELL Spanish-speaking students but also, hopefully, to other professionals in the field including current students enrolled in speech and language pathology training programs. Read More »