This manual is designed to provide procedures and resources for assessing children from birth through six years of age who are culturally and linguistically diverse. After defining basic terminology, the concepts of variability and disability are examined and contrasted in the context of family and culture. Differences between language acquisition and language disorders are identified. The pre-referral process is then examined in detail, including questions to consider when referring culturally and linguistically diverse children, guidelines for screening for language proficiency and language dominance, working with interpreters and translators, and a pre-referral checklist. Issues surrounding more involved stages of evaluation are then addressed, including the drawbacks of standardized testing and critical elements of professional judgement statements for students with limited English proficiency.
Sponsoring Agency: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Formats Available: Printed Material
(Contains student language skills checklist and profile of
language and dominance proficiency. To order, contact
OSPI' Special Education Department at: 360.725.6075
Washington Office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Old Capitol Building
PO Box 47200
Phone: (360) 725-6075
Languages Available: English
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