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Baltimore City: ‘Bilingual Assessment and Treatment: A guide to the most effective assessment and treatment methods for bilingual children with ASD and other language disorders’

January 20, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EST

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Bilingual Assessment and Treatment

The rate of children from bilingual homes seeking speech and language assessment and treatment is rapidly growing. As of now, there is limited information on the best way to assess and treat these children. This presentation attempts to outline current research discussing what to expect when assessing and treating bilingual children with a language impairment.

Presentation Objectives

  • Identify the most effective components to administering language assessments to a bilingual child
  • How do we use interpreters during assessments Aspects of cultural competence to consider
  • Review evidenced based treatment models for bilingual children
  • What do we recommend to families in terms of language exposure (impact of bilingual environment on language acquisition in children with ASD)


Fatima Salem, MS, CCC-SLP

Fatima Salem, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Fatima began her career with Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) foundations as a LEND trainee during her second year in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Waisman Center. After graduate school, Fatima continued her work with LEND networks by completing her Clinical Fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Outpatient Center and the Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU). She then went on to work at Lois T. Murray, a Baltimore City partnership school where she took part in an Autism classroom modeled after the Achievements Program that provided evidenced-based intensive language intervention for pre-school students. Through these opportunity she was able to grow her skills as a bilingual speech pathologist and her interest in working with international families by conducting bilingual speech and language assessments, intakes, parent trainings, and speech and language therapy with many Spanish-speaking families in the area. She also had the opportunity to form a support group for international families with children with disabilities. This fueled Fatima’s interest in providing parent training and working with international families with children with disabilities.

Maria Josefina Fernandez, MS, CCC-SLP  


Maria Josefina Fernandez, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with Kennedy Krieger at Lois T. Murray, Elementary/Middle School. Josefina also conducts evaluations for Spanish-speaking infants and toddlers through Kennedy’s Child and Family Support Program (CFSP) on an as-needed basis. Josefina began her career as a speech-language pathologist following two internships at the River School in Washington D.C., providing speech-language and literacy-based intervention for children with hearing loss, and Easter Seals Developmental Center, where she began working with the bilingual population in Washington, D.C. In 2012, Josefina was a recipient of ASHA’s SPARC award, which allowed her to explore additional research and teaching opportunities on the subject of bilingual language development at the graduate level. Josefina greatly enjoys working with a variety of individuals in Baltimore City, and feels grateful to use her Spanish skills when serving Kennedy Krieger families.


Audience:  Parents, family members and professionals


This is a FREE training!!! 


Contact: Stacey Duvall, Clinical Services Coordinator II
Email: duvalls@kennedykrieger.org
Phone: 443-923-7680


Stacey Duvall, Clinical Services Coordinator II


Kennedy Krieger Institute, Green Spring Campus, Creamer Building
3901 Greenspring Avenue, 3rd Floor Large Conference Room
Baltimore, MD 21211 US

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