Course curriculum

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    Course Content

    • PowerPoint

    • Informal Assessment

    • Language Skill Hierarchy

    • Language Determination

    • Assessing and Treating Deaf Children with an Incomplete First Language

    • Quiz

    • Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Credits

Course info

Course description: This presentation will cover a variety of considerations for practitioners when assessing and treating Deaf children with an incomplete first language (L1). It will start with a discussion about collaborating with native signers and the need for Deaf practitioners. Then, an informal assessment will be explored, as well as other considerations when using standardized assessments on this population. Lastly, a treatment protocol will be suggested to help practitioners determine which languages to use during intervention, including when and why.


10 minutes: Collaborating and the need for Deaf practitioners

45 minutes: Using an informal assessment to get a baseline

45 minutes: Treatment protocol and determining bilingual intervention

Learner outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the need for Deaf practitioners working with Deaf children with an incomplete L1

  2. Explain how to use dynamic assessment with Deaf children with an incomplete L1

  3. State at least one consideration for treatment and determining the language(s) of intervention


Kimberly Sanzo

Kimberly Sanzo is a speech-language pathologist and the founder of Language First. She received her B.A. in Psychology and in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont in 2010 and her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in 2012. She is a board-certified specialist in child language (BCS-CL) through the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders and is currently a doctoral candidate for an SLPD.

Speaker disclosures

Financial disclosure: The presenter is the owner and founder of Language First and is receiving payment for this course.

Nonfinancial disclosure: The presenter is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and the American Board of Child Language and Language Disorders.

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs.