WSLHA March Workshop
Embracing Difference and Disability in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children
Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8:30am - 4:00pm | Yakima Area Arboretum

Registration is closed, walk-ins are welcomed! 

Presenter: Paul J. Diaz

Abstract: With the increasing cultural and linguistic diversity in Washington State, many speech-language pathologists and other educational professionals working with children with disabilities feel challenged when asked to address potential concerns with these populations. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the current research and practices to better distinguish between language difference and disability. Participants will receive an overview of information on bilingual language acquisition including typical stages with various components of language, environmental factors including community and family dynamics, risk factors for language impairment, and information about unique populations such as international adoptees. In addition, participants will discuss a more realistic definition of bilingualism and uncover the truth about what it means to be bilingual to better combat common myths. With this foundational knowledge covered, we will discuss evidence based practices in evaluations with children, including techniques that can be done with and without interpreters, and interview techniques for getting more reliable and helpful information from families. Time will also be spent so that participants can apply and practice these techniques and problem-solve with peers and the instructor on actual case examples.

Learning objectives:

  • Define bilingualism and challenge myths about bilingualism
  • Explain typical patterns and environmental factors in bilingual language acquisition including risk factors for language impairments
  • Apply evidence-based techniques for the evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse children

Continuing Education Information

This course is offered for up to 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). OSPI Clock Hours of 6.6 hours will be offered. WSLHA charges a processing fee of $15.00 for ASHA CEUs and $10.00 for clock hours payable at the conference. Please bring cash or check.


  Member Non-Member
Early Registration
through February 20
Member - $125
Student Member - $50
Non-Member - $200
Student Non-Member - $50
Late Registration
after February 20
Member - $150
Student Member - $50
Non-Member - $200
Student Non-Member - $50

Date & Location

Saturday, March 10, 2018 | 8:30am - 4:00pm
Yakima Area Arboretum 
1401 Arboretum Dr
Yakima, WA 98901

Paul J. Díaz, M.S. CCC-SLP is a school speech-language pathologist in Highline Public Schools currently working on the multidisciplinary early childhood evaluation team and at Cascade Middle School, the middle school for the district’s dual language programs. Having personally experienced growing up in a bilingual family, hearing the experiences of multiple generations of his family, and currently working with a culturally and linguistically diverse population in South King County, he is personally invested in educating SLPs and other professionals on current research and practices for working with bilingual children. Paul has been an active member of the Washington-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, serving as various committee chairs, on the WSLHA board as educational SLP and president, and giving workshops and guest lectures across Washington State on working with diverse populations. Paul obtained his B.A. in linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Washington, and has also completed coursework in educational leadership at Seattle University.

DISCLOSURE: There are no relevant financial relationships which benefit the individual in this presentation and there are no relevant non-financial relationships that may bias an individual.