School-Aged Bilingual Assessment and Evaluation

March 15, 2017, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

This presentation focuses on the impact of bilingualism on conducting appropriate assessments of school-age children.  Topics include bilingual development, the impact of a cultural/linguistic mismatch between the clinician and child, and the importance of using non-biased assessment tools.  Alternative assessment tools will be described and presented through a case study.

Presentation Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Describe current research regarding the impact of bilingualism, bidialectalism, and socio-economic status on the academic and linguistic development of children
  • Identify unbiased assessment tools that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for children's unique backgrounds
  • Identify skills needed to assess bilingual children and differentiate a language disorder from a language difference


Aishah AlFadhalah, MS, CCC-SLP and Zeina Mvemba, MEd, CCC-SLP

Aishah AlFadhalah is a Speech-Language Pathologist at CARD. She earned a MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Portland State University with a bilingual concentration. She completed an extended certification in bilingualism at Columbia University. She is interested in providing culturally and linguistically appropriate assessments and interventions for children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has worked with bilingual children in three languages: English, Spanish, and Arabic.  She is taking part in the international evaluation team at CARD as well as in the achievement, Kick Start, and BOLD intervention programs.

Zeina Mvemba is a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Child and Family Support Center. She earned a MEd in Speech-Language Pathology from North Carolina Central University. She also received an extended certification in bilingualism at Columbia University. Zeina currently works in a community-based setting with children ages birth-5. She has worked with both monolingual and bilingual children in Spanish and English.

Audience:  Parents, family members and professionals

This is a FREE training! To register, visit or call Hanna Hutter at (443) 923-7596.

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