Bilingual Parent Coaching in Early Intervention Settings

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Many bilingual families and therapists are struggling to navigate culture and language barriers as well as Early Intervention telehealth services. As daunt...
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Jennifer Gray
1 Hour 32 Minutes
Audio and Video
Nov 20, 2020


Many bilingual families and therapists are struggling to navigate culture and language barriers as well as Early Intervention telehealth services. As daunting as these seem, there’s no need to worry!

Watch this exciting new session as Jennifer Gray demonstrates how to serve bilingual families in Early Intervention settings with proficiency. You will learn:

  • An abundance of innovative technologies
  • Materials that help bridge the gap
  • Cultural and language considerations that make a difference

You’ll finish with the confidence to make informed decisions about how to work with bilingual families!



Parent and Therapist roles in Early Intervention Bilingual homes

  • Different language, different culture, different expectations
  • Terms to consider when describing yourself and your clients: Proficient, fluent, native, non-native, English Language Learner, Dual-language Learner, etc.
  • Common hurdles and complaints

I am not Fluently Bilingual/Multilingual. What are My Options?

  • Ethical considerations
  • Use of interpreters (professional, friends of family, family members)
  • Become the student investigator; be willing to learn; trust your skills

Parent Coaching

  • Who is my client, the child or the family?
  • Case examples with video demonstrations
  • Prepare children and families for future language use

End the Blame Game

  • Disability, difference, or disadvantage?
  • Adapt the environment or the expectation?
  • Prevent further need for interventions for the school-aged child

Do This not That

  • Choose wisely: good sessions or better communication?
  • Active engagement and home practice success
  • Case studies, video examples, and discussion


Bilingual Parent Coaching in Early Intervention Settings

Jennifer Gray, M.S., CCC-SLP Related seminars and products: 4

Jennifer Gray M.S., CCC-SLP is a Speech-Language Pathologist and owns and operates Grays Peak Speech Services, LLC, a private practice, in northern Colorado. Jennifer and her team of SLPs deliver speech, language, and feeding interventions to those with communication and eating difficulties. They practice in Early Intervention settings, home and community settings, and via teletherapy/telepractice/telehealth. Jennifer has worked with those with Down syndrome and their families for the past 13 years to encourage, reinforce, and develop better ways to access spoken language, speech clarity, and oral functioning. She specializes in expanding communication abilities of those with limited expressive language by meeting each child and family in natural settings to enhance functional outcomes and promote independence. While most of her work has been with young children, she is also passionate about helping teens and adults use and maintain clear speech, develop social relationships, improve cognitive and memory skills as well as promote better self-awareness and self-care habits.  

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jennifer Gray is owner of Gray Peak Speech Services, LLC.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-financial: Jennifer Gray is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).