Language Sampling Considerations for AAE Speakers: A Patterns- and Systems-Based Approach Language sample analysis (LSA) is often recommended as a way to minimize assessment bias for children who speak African American English (AAE). Unfortunately, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) continue to face clinical realities that prevent them from conducting a bias-free LSA. In this article, we review some of these clinical realities clinicians ... Article
Article  |   February 26, 2018
Language Sampling Considerations for AAE Speakers: A Patterns- and Systems-Based Approach
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Valerie E. Johnson
    Speech-Language Pathology Program, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
  • Nicole M. Koonce
    Department of Communication Disorders, Governors State University, University Park, IL
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  • Financial: Valarie E. Johnson has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Nicole M. Koonce has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   February 26, 2018
Language Sampling Considerations for AAE Speakers: A Patterns- and Systems-Based Approach
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2018, Vol. 3, 36-42. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.36
History: Received November 30, 2017 , Revised December 12, 2017 , Accepted December 13, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2018, Vol. 3, 36-42. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.36
History: Received November 30, 2017; Revised December 12, 2017; Accepted December 13, 2017

Language sample analysis (LSA) is often recommended as a way to minimize assessment bias for children who speak African American English (AAE). Unfortunately, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) continue to face clinical realities that prevent them from conducting a bias-free LSA. In this article, we review some of these clinical realities clinicians face when using a features-based list as a resource when analyzing language samples of AAE-speaking children. An alternative approach, patterns- and systems-based perspective, will be reviewed. In addition, some case examples will be offered to demonstrate the potential of using a patterns- and systems-based approach when analyzing language samples of AAE-speaking children.

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