3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Target Audience
Speech-Language Pathology


Time & Length of Session
Afternoon Sessions

Discourse Analyses in the Assessment of Monolingual and Bilingual Children

The language used in the descriptions reflects the language of the sessions.

Authors: Patricia Cleave, PhD, S-LP(C), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS; Bonita Squire, MSc, S-LP(C), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS; Vincent Bourassa Bédard, MSc, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC; Stefano Rezzonico, PhD, Université de Montréal, Monteal, QC; Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, PhD, S-LP(C), Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.

Diagnosing a language disorder in monolingual children is challenging, but it is especially difficult in bilingual children. Discourse measures are recommended as a more appropriate way to evaluate the language skills of bilingual children, as they are more naturalistic and less likely to be biased. An ongoing project is developing a Canadian database of discourse skills in monolingual and bilingual children aged 7-12. This mini-seminar will discuss issues involved in collecting discourse data and their implications for clinical assessment, introduce the database that will result from our project, and discuss the use of databases in clinical practice.


Bonita Squires
M.Sc., PhD Candidate, S-LP(C)


Patricia L. Cleave
PhD, S-LP(C)


Vincent Bourassa Bédard
MPO, PhD Candidate