Dynamic Assessment of Diverse Children A Tutorial Tutorial
Tutorial  |   October 01, 2001
Dynamic Assessment of Diverse Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Vera F. Gutieérrez-Clellen
    San Diego State University, CA
  • Elizabeth Penña
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Contact author: Vera F. Gutiérrez-Clellen, Department of Communicative Disorders, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-1518.
    Contact author: Vera F. Gutiérrez-Clellen, Department of Communicative Disorders, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-1518.×
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Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Tutorial
Tutorial   |   October 01, 2001
Dynamic Assessment of Diverse Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2001, Vol. 32, 212-224. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/019)
History: Received December 12, 2000 , Accepted May 24, 2001
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 2001, Vol. 32, 212-224. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2001/019)
History: Received December 12, 2000; Accepted May 24, 2001

Dynamic assessment (DA) has been advocated as an alternative and/or supplemental approach to traditional standardized testing with children who are culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD). However, there is great variability across DA methods and applications, as well as limited information concerning which methods and procedures may be best suited to differentiate language disorder from difference. In this tutorial, DA methods are compared with respect to their assessment applications. Next, an assessment protocol recommended for the identification of language disorder versus difference is described. Finally, examples of two Spanish-English bilingual children are used to show how the protocol may be useful to assess children's language-learning potential and to minimize misdiagnosis.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
This work was supported in part by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) #5 K23 DC00141 to Dr. Elizabeth Peña.
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