Have you seen our FLAC series? [Functional Language Across Countries]. These materials for SLTs to use when they assess the early language skills of bilingual and non-English-speaking children.
Three speech and language therapists working in community clinics in Belfast developed and trialled these resources over two years. These SLTs have extensive experience in assessment, differential diagnosis and the provision of intervention for children. This has included children who are bilingual or whose family members speak a language other than English.
Cultural and linguistic adaptations are the result of collaborative working with interpreters from the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Interpreting Service who are home-language speakers of the language on which they advised.
"we could, for example, eliminate early reading failure, using the same techniques used to eliminate diseases: research, development, practical experiments, and planful, rapid scale-up. It’s all a question of resources, political leadership, collaboration among many critical agencies and individuals, and a total commitment to getting the job done." ... See MoreSee Less
I agree that educational services would benefit from " more wallet" to support what could be substantial advances in practice. The author's simplistic, absolute and damning use of " failure" to describe less than ideal outcomes, suggests that we not in the same corner.
And ignores human differences and strengths and weaknesses and disabilities... humans are
Not machines that can be produced with identical outcomes.