Dynamic Assessment

Mark Strait

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ASHA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.3 ASHA CEUs, Intermediate Level

This presentation provided SLPs the knowledge and confidence to use dynamic assessment
and other informal measures as part of their comprehensive evaluation process in order to
meet legal requirements, professional standards, district and community needs. Participants
learned to use a variety of informal assessment strategies and appropriate documentation for written reports.

Instructor Information

Shellie Bader, M.A., CCC-SLP currently serves as a consultant and strategic advisor for The Stepping Stones Group and EBS Healthcare.  Previously, as a Regional Director for EBS Healthcare, she managed facility partnerships and oversaw multidisciplinary clinical and educational services throughout California.  With expertise in assessment and evaluation, supervision/mentoring, special education legislation and multidisciplinary collaboration, she regularly provides professional development courses for school districts, graduate programs and for her state association.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Bader served as an administrator for the Speech and Language Program in LAUSD, and directed pediatric clinic and Early Intervention programs, improving service and client success through innovative and outcomes-based interventions.  An active volunteer for CSHA, Ms. Bader served on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Professional Practices Committee.  She was honored with the CSHA Outstanding Achievement Award and the CSUN Alumni of the Year.

Financial Disclosure: Shellie is an employee of the Stepping Stones Group and receives a salary for her position with The Stepping Stones Group.
Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists

Learner Objectives

As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Define eligibility criteria for SLI and effectively differentiate between students who are Speech Language Impaired, and those who have other disabilities and need related services support
  2. Examine Dynamic Assessment and how to utilize this method to identify SLI students or those who need Language and Speech services
  3. Write an evaluation report that thoroughly documents and uniquely describes the strengths and needs of each student using various Dynamic Assessment techniques and other informal measures
  4. Identify 3 new strategies that you will use upon referral and/or during the assessment process


  • 4 minutes: Introduction
  • 7 minutes: Speech-Language Impairment Eligibility
  • 11 minutes: The Need for speech and language related services
  • 18 minutes: Dynamic Assessment-How we do it and why
  • 30 minutes: Low SES, English Learnings, and children with identified disabilities
  • 27 minutes: Strategies for Successful Assessments
  • 32 minutes: Assuring a valid speech-language assessment report
  • 2 minutes: Assuring a valid speech-language assessment report
  • 30 minutes: Supporting educators and families
  • 15 minutes: Putting it all together
  • 6 minutes: Review