In this module, Cate demonstrates one of her tried and true dynamic assessment tools, the Subway Photo from her SLAM Card Series. She uses a picture of a foot/shoe stuck in a subway door. To elicit a language sample, she asks the following questions: “What happened?” “How did this happen?” “Has this ever happened to you?” “What would you do if this happened to you?”. Using these questions, Cate is able to elicit a language sample often with a personal narrative, as well as a demonstration of the child’s problem solving skills. However, she reminds us that since a child only has a disability as compared to his or her peers, it is important to use the same tool many times with typically developing children from the same speech community. This is how the evaluator develops his or her clinical judgment. We see Cate use the subway picture with two typically developing preschoolers, one monolingual and one bilingual.
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