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Course Description and Learning Objectives

How  does the opening scene of Star Trek 2:  The Wrath of Khan help us better understand test validity?  Tune in to find out as Dr. Doug Peterson and Dr. Trina Spencer return to the Nerdcast to continue the discussion on dynamic assessment (DA).  If you haven’t already, beam back to Part 1 of the series to set the scene. In this follow-up, Trina and Doug weave just the right amount of side-tracked laughter, nerdy sci-fi narrative, and evidence-based discussion to rev up your DA engines and have you racing to the literature to explore a different assessment frontier that is more ethical, less biased, and much more versatile than norm-referenced assessment alone. Crack the jargon of norm-referenced assessment and gain some tangible DA tips and rationale as this crew unpacks the value of uncovering how children learn rather than what they’ve already learned when making a diagnosis and setting a functional and effective intervention plan across learning domains. Boldly go where few SLPs have gone before, enjoy some leftover cake and sandwiches, and get those ASHA CEUs that give you the gold you can apply to your caseload today!

You can learn more about Trina and Doug here.

Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain how dynamic assessment differentiates between language disability and language difference.

  2. Describe different applications of dynamic assessment that identify a disorder.

  3. Explain how dynamic assessment can inform intervention.





Course Presenters

Doug Petersen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Douglas Petersen is a Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on child language and literacy, with a particular emphasis on learning potential. His psychometric research examines the validity and reliability of dynamic assessments and progress monitoring procedures for language and literacy. His intervention research is focused on examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation of multi-tiered systems of language support.

Trina Spencer, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Spencer is an Associate Professor at the Rightpath Research & Innovation Center at University of South Florida. She earned a specialist degree in School Psychology and a PhD in Disability Disciplines with emphases in language and literacy and early childhood special education. Her publications and editorial service span a number of disciplines including applied behavior analysis, speech-language pathology, early childhood education, special education, applied linguistics, and school psychology. Benefitting from strong collaborations with practitioners and other researchers, Dr. Spencer maintains a spirited research agenda to improve the academic and social outcomes of the nation’s most vulnerable students.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Dr. Petersen financial disclosures: Dr. Petersen is a co-authors of the Story Champs curriculum and PEARL dynamic assessment. They receive royalties from the sales of those items. Dr. Petersen has no financial relationships to disclose.

Dr. Spencer financial disclosures: Dr. Spencer is a co-authors of the Story Champs curriculum and PEARL dynamic assessment. They receive royalties from the sales of those items. Dr. Spencer has no financial relationships to disclose.

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures:  Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast.   Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. 



References

Petersen, D. B., Tonn, P., Spencer, T. D., & Foster, M. E. (2020). The Classification Accuracy of a Dynamic Assessment of Inferential Word Learning for Bilingual English/Spanish-Speaking School-Age Children. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 51(1), 144-164. doi:10.1044/2019_lshss-18-0129

Petersen, D. B., Chanthongthip, H., Ukrainetz, T. A., Spencer, T. D., & Steeve, R. W. (2017). Dynamic Assessment of Narratives: Efficient, Accurate Identification of Language Impairment in Bilingual Students. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60(4), 983-998. doi:10.1044/2016_jslhr-l-15-0426

Petersen, D. B., Allen, M. M., & Spencer, T. D. (2014). Predicting Reading Difficulty in First Grade Using Dynamic Assessment of Decoding in Early Kindergarten. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 49(2), 200-215. doi:10.1177/0022219414538518

Petersen, D. B., Gragg, S. L., & Spencer, T. D. (2018). Predicting Reading Problems 6 Years Into the Future: Dynamic Assessment Reduces Bias and Increases Classification Accuracy. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools,49(4), 875-888. doi:10.1044/2018_lshss-dyslc-18-0021




Time Ordered Agenda:

10 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

20 minutes:  Descriptions of how dynamic assessment differentiates between language disability and language difference.

15 minutes:  Descriptions of different applications of dynamic assessment that identify a disorder.

10 minutes:  Descriptions of how dynamic assessment can inform intervention.

5 minutes: Summary and Closing



Disclaimer

The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! Wed love to hear from you!

Credits: 

Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Key Terms and Additional Information provided by Maria De Leon, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlan Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Content provided by Ashley Sturgis, MA, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor



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