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New Assessment Could Reduce Learning Disorder Misdiagnoses Among Bilingual Children

As a San Francisco-based speech-language consultant in the mid-1980s, Elizabeth Peña noticed a discouraging trend. At one elementary school, speech-language pathologists had diagnosed every English-Spanish bilingual kindergartner with a language learning disability.

Researchers Get $2.3 Million Grant to Help Bilingual First Graders Overcome Language Impairments

Speech-language researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help Central Texas first graders from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds overcome language impairments.

Meeting Workforce Demands

Back to Difference or Disorder? feature story According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 55 percent of school-based speech-language pathologists have English Language Learning, or bilingual, children on their caseload. Only 7.9 percent of those students, however, receive the bilingual speech-language pathology treatment they need, because fewer than 2 percent of speech-language pathologists identify themselves as…   » Continue Reading

Researchers Get $3.3 Million Grant to Investigate Language Outcomes of Bilingual Children


University of Texas at Austin researchers have received a $3.3 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to conduct a five-year study of speech and language development in bilingual children who speak English and Spanish, comparing those whose language skills are delayed with those who have no delays.

Grants Totaling $1.6 Million Support Students in Treating Speech-Language Impairment among Bilingual Children

Two professors in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at The University of Texas at Austin have received grants totaling $1.6 million to improve treatment of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children with communication disorders, such as speech-language-hearing disabilities. The grants, both from the Office of Special Education in the U.S. Department of Education,…   » Continue Reading

Experts Available for Better Hearing and Speech Month

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has named May "Better Hearing and Speech Month" to raise awareness about communication disorders. Whether it's a hearing loss, difficulty with swallowing or balance, a disorder such as stuttering or delayed language, or a voice problem, a person's ability to learn and interact with others can be affected.