ERIC Number: ED267572
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Language Problems of Black Exceptional Children: Diagnosis and Treatment Alternatives.
Kendall, William S.; Battles, Debra A.
The paper reviews issues in the diagnosis and treatment of language disorders in black exceptional children. The controversy over language characteristics of the urban black child is examined, followed by a review of studies citing the linguistic and cultural bias of many tests used for diagnosis. Difficulties with the use of the System of Multicultural Pluralistic Assessment (SOMPA) are noted along with problems in the use of adaptive behavior scales. The role of motivation in teaching English to black students is considered. The paper concludes by advocating assessment practices that are sensitive to cultural patterns and the use of a variety of assessment instruments to measure language development. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference on the Exceptional Black Child (Atlanta, GA, July 24-27, 1983).