Transitional Barriers and Solutions for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in Schools

April 1, 2023

Based upon significant early research and upon current findings regarding cultural and linguistic competency, transitional barriers that often arise when students from diverse backgrounds enter school will be described.

Importantly, various solutions to the barriers and to difficulties with engagement and academic and social success will be provided so that the average clinician will have more ideas of how to approach diversity “on Monday morning”. Various culturally responsive practices and strategies focusing on interactions, assessment, intervention, and social equity will be provided along with several case study demonstrations.


Wes Watkins Center
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

See Registration section for details.


Jack Damico

Dr. Jack S. Damico

Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

Dr. Jack S. Damico is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Formerly of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he served as the Doris B. Hawthorne Eminent Scholar for 28 years before retiring, he has published over 165 articles/chapters and 15 books.

His interests include diversity education, clinical aphasiology, language disorders, and literacy. He has worked in the public schools, hospitals, and at universities in his 45 years as a SLP.

Having received awards for clinical research and publishing, he is an ASHA Fellow.




8:30 Introduction
9:00 Difficulties and Transitional Barriers
10:15 Break
10:30 Descriptive Assessment and Collaboration
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Culturally and Linguistically Response Intervention
Delivering a Continuity of Services
2:15 Break
2:30 Planning and Addressing Unique Issues
Variety of Practices and Strategies
3:45 Questions
4:00 End

Learning Objectives

After completing this conference session, participants will be able to:

Review and describe the various transitional barriers that frequently create a negative impact for students from diverse backgrounds. (A focus on Cultural Competence)
Identify and employ several descriptive assessment tools and strategies to assist in determining a language difference from a disorder. (A focus on Cultural Competence and Responsive Practice)
Organize (if necessary) an Ensuring a Continuum of Services (ECOS) Team for addressing school-wide issues with diverse populations (A focus on Cultural Humility & Professional Interactions)
Plan and initiate several meaning-based intervention strategies to assist in overcoming communicative and academic difficulties faced by students from diverse backgrounds. (A focus on Cultural Responsive Practice & Competence)



$100 - Professionals (CEUs)

$50 - OSU Faculty/Staff and Off Campus Supervisors

$25 - Students



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  • OSU Faculty, Staff and Students: Please register using your O-Key Credentials ( email).
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  • CANCELLATION POLICY: You may only cancel with a full refund before accessing the course. Once you have accessed the course, refunds cannot be given.

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213 Life Sciences East

Stillwater, OK 74078-3017


If you have an questions,
or need additional information, contact:

Kim Howerton
Program Coordinator

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This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level).

Relevant Financial Relationships: Dr. Damico is a Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. Honorarium is being paid by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CDIS) at Oklahoma State University.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: No relevant non-financial relationships exist.