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Prosem Lecture: Identification of Language and Literacy Disorders in Linguistically Diverse Children
February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Presenter: Amy Pratt, Ph.D., Postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Irvine
Topic: Prosem Lecture: Identification of Language and Literacy Disorders in Linguistically Diverse Children
Children with developmental language disorder (DLD) are roughly five times more likely to struggle with reading than children with typical language development. Given the frequent co-occurrence of language and reading disorders, early identification of children with DLD is critical for mitigating long-term risk in language and reading. This is particularly important for bilinguals (English learners/dual language learners). One in five children in the U.S. begins school speaking a language other than English; however, there is a shortage of diagnostic screeners to identify language and possible concomitant reading disorders in bilingual children. In this talk, Dr. Amy Pratt will discuss her research on the co-occurrence of language and reading disorders in children who speak Spanish and/or English. She will also share some promising findings around the use of sentence repetition as a screener for DLD and possible dyslexia in bilingual children.
Dr. Pratt received her PhD in Speech and Hearing Science from the Ohio State University and is now a postdoctoral scholar at University of California, Irvine. Her research is currently funded by National Institutes of Health (NIDCD R21DC019996, PI: Pratt) and IES (R305A210136 PIs: Peña & Sanabria, Co-I: Pratt).
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