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Speaker Summary:

Deborah Jill Chitester received her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Adelphi University in New York and was granted her Certificate of Clinical Competence (C.C.C) by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). She has 12+ years experience working with all age levels both mono-lingual and Spanish speaking, having received special certification by the State of New York as a Bilingual (English/Spanish) Speech-Language Pathologist. Deborah has worked with all age levels and all disabilities, both private patients as well as with major school systems and corporations, and she currently[nbsp]treats both monolingual and Spanish speaking clients of all ages and disabilities, utilizing some of the latest computer based treatment specifically designed to promote optimal language development. Due to the use of her “linguistic features” approach, her client mix is increasingly more culturally linguistically diverse encompassing those representing almost all backgrounds including Asians, Arabs, Pakistani , etc. Deborah is an advocate of “highest quality service provider” having given many speaking engagements at parent/special interest support groups to inform and educate parents regarding appropriate educational practices for second language learners. Additionally, she offers her services as a Bilingual/Monolingual Independent Educational Evaluator..



Financial:  Author and presenter for SLLLC and receives compensation for these activities.
Non-Financial:   No relevant non-financial relationships exist


This course reviewed how to intervene clinically with children in an environment where they hear two languages and who also have Down Syndrome. Cases were discussed fully and strategies were offered.

Learner Outcomes:

To identify ways of clinically interacting with this population using a culturally sensitive and deferent approach

To demonstrate ways of meeting their needs language and cognitive and giving parents appropriate advice

To demonstrate how to recommend language of instruction and use depending upon the ecology


Time Ordered Agenda:

Intro to the Child with Down Syndrome who is ELL

 0.50 Hr

Effective treatment paradigms including Parent/Child interactions and Treatment strategies

 0.50 Hr

 Case examples

 0.50 Hr


Occupational Therapists, Therapy Assistants


Offered for .15 AOTA CEU's. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not
imply endorsement of specific workshop content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Connecticut, Pennsylvania, illinois and texas Educators

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Offered for 1.5 Contact/Clock Hours.

Certificate of Completion available for CT, PA entities

National Association of School Psychologists

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Offered for 0.15 Contact/Clock Hours.

Participants are expected to attend entire program
in order to receive recognition for the program’s Contact/CEU hours.


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