SAC Webinar: Discourse Analyses in the Assessment of Monolingual and Bilingual Children

Patricia L. Cleave, PhD, SLP-Reg, S-LP(C), Bonita Squires, PhD, S-LP(C)
February 15 2023
Speech-Language Pathology
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Discourse Analyses in the Assessment of Monolingual
and Bilingual Children
February 15, 2023

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm ET

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Presenter: Patricia L. Cleave, PhD, SLP-Reg, S-LP(C), Bonita Squires, PhD, S-LP(C)

Identifying atypical language difficulties in monolingual children is challenging but it is especially difficult in bilingual children. Language samples are recommended as a more appropriate way to evaluate the language skills of bilingual children than standardized tests, as they are more naturalistic and less likely to be biased. To support Canadian clinicians, a national team of researchers have collected language samples with over 650 monolingual and bilingual English and French children aged 7 – 12 across Canada. This webinar will discuss how language sample data can inform clinical assessment and present preliminary findings from the study.

Learning Objectives 

  • Understand the value of using language samples in language assessment with bilingual children.
  • Know how to collect a language sample.
  • Have a basic understanding of the types of information about a child’s language use that can be assessed from a language sample.
  • Be aware of the databases that resulted from this project and how they will be useful in language assessment.

Intended Audience

  • speech-language pathologists
  • students

This Session Pertains To:

  • Pre-School (0-4)
  • School Aged (5-17)


Intermediate (Assumes that the participant has general familiarity with the literature and professional practice within the areas covered.) 

Registration Fees



SAC Members & Associates*



Not eligible

*All registered participants must be SAC members/associates

Registration deadline is February 15, 2023 - 11:30 a.m. (ET)


This webinar will be recorded and will be available as a webcast in our webcast library within a week of the live event.

Cancellation Policy

Because we have limited spaces available for participants, if you are unable to attend the webinar you registered for, please contact Bev Cooper at as soon as possible.


This webinar is eligible for SAC CEEs.


Presenter Biography


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

Dr. Cleave is a professor at Dalhousie University. Her research interests focus on the language and literacy skills of children with DLD and Down syndrome. This work has included treatment efficacy studies and studies into the nature of monolingual and bilingual language development in these populations.




Bonita Squires, PhD, S-LP(C)

Dr. Squires started working on the Discourse Study in 2013 as a S-LP graduate research assistant preparing the testing materials for the pilot study, and gradually worked her way up to her current role as research manager. After completing her PhD from Dalhousie University in 2020, she now also works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of British Columbia, expanding her understanding of language analysis to written samples. Bonita hopes to provide clear and useful information to practitioners to improve their clinical effectiveness.



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