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Cate introduces the module series, explaining the evidence an evaluator needs to distinguish a true disorder from a language difference or academic gaps resulting from a lack of adequate educational instruction.

In this module, Cate introduces us to a 13-year-old girl named Sofie, who was previously labeled as “severely language impaired.”  She discusses this child’s previous evaluation and explains the importance of considering this child’s family situation, language acquisitional history and educational background in her evaluation process. We meet and hear directly from Sofie in this module, as Cate begins acquiring and analyzing data to determine whether Sofie has a true disorder, a language difference, or academic gaps.

Find Related Materials Here:

SLAM Materials used in later modules

The Critical Questions (Parent and Teacher Interview)-THECRITICALQUESTIONShandoutFinalCopy (1).pdf

Written Evaluation for Sofie: ModelEval136-EnglishSpanish-TD-SchoolAgeEvalPlaylistDDoG (1)

Find the playlist of this series Difference, Disorder or Gap: A School Age Disability Evaluation (DDoG Playlist)

Find Individual Modules here:

Difference Disorder or Gap: Language Acquisitional History, Family History, and Educational Background (DDoG: Module 1)

Difference, Disorder or Gap: Academic Performance and Teacher Interview (DDoG Module 2)

Difference, Disorder or Gap: Student- Evaluator Clinical Interaction (DDoG Module 3)

Difference, Disorder or Gap: Analysis and Disability Determination (DDoG Module 4)

Relevant Research: 

Burns, de Villiers, Pearson & Champion (2012) Dialect Neutral Indices of Narrative Cohesion and Evaluation

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