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Spanish-Speaking Children With Highly Unintelligible Speech

presented by Raul F. Prezas, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Financial: Raul Prezas receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Raul Prezas is an ASHA member and developed and collected data on Spanish intervention approach and assessments that are discussed in the courses.

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Video Runtime: 71 Minutes; Learning Assessment Runtime: 28 Minutes

A child's ability to communicate and be understood by others is critical for early academic success. Children with reduced intelligibility (e.g., unintelligible speech) comprise the largest number of individuals on clinical caseloads in US schools, and data regarding children who speak other languages (e.g., Spanish) is sparse. This course provides a framework for phonological intervention for both monolingual Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English children. Topics will include the concept of shared versus unshared sounds, selecting optimal target patterns, and additional recommendations for bilingual children with highly unintelligible speech.

Meet Your Instructor

Raul F. Prezas, PhD, CCC-SLP

Raul Prezas, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an associate professor in the Department of Human Services at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He has several years of clinical experience in the university, public school, and home health settings, particularly working with bilingual children and their families. Dr. Prezas has served as a bilingual speech-language evaluator…

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1. Overview of Bilingual Speech Sound Assessment

In order to make prognostic decisions related to phonological intervention, it is important to understand speech sound assessment with bilingual populations. This chapter provides an overview of working with bilingual children along with a discussion of important assessment considerations.

2. Overview of Bilingual Phonological Intervention

This chapter provides general information related to the bilingual phonological intervention. Bilingual phonological acquisition theories, information related to stimulability, dialectal considerations, and earlier acquiring versus complex sounds are discussed.

3. A Pattern-Oriented Approach for Bilingual Children

Phonological intervention for bilingual children with highly unintelligible speech involves careful consideration of many factors. This chapter provides information related to a pattern-oriented approach for phonological intervention.

4. Case Study

This chapter provides a case study that follows a Spanish pattern-oriented approach. Posttherapy data is explored along with summary recommendations for bilingual phonological intervention.

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