Course Description:

Knowing when to qualify and exit low incidence speech and language clients can be challenging to both new and experienced clinicians alike. Fortunately, there are several useful principles and strategies available to clinicians as they seek to provide ethical and meaningful services. This course will discuss assessment and discharge principles and clinical strategies for less common diagnoses. The clinician will leave with concrete take away tools to implement. 


At the end of this conference the attendee should be able to:

  1. Use “California Education Code: Speech Pathology eligibility guidelines”, to determine eligibility for students in the public schools.
  2. Explain how using multifactorial measures in the assessment process helps meet the principle behind the IDEA law.
  3. State ways to incorporate assessment measures that help plan for discharge.
  4. Explain discharge principals (rather than the child is completely fluent or disengaged) that can guide clinical decision making.
  5. Name at least two ways in which voice disorders may impact academic achievement.
  6. Discuss at least two strategies for either qualifying or exiting borderline clients.
  7. Use strategies presented to make decisions in cases involving fluency, voice, and borderline clients.


8:00am – 8:15am General Concepts for Qualifying & Exiting
8:15am – 8:30am Ethical and Legal Considerations
8:30am – 10:30am Fluency Specific
10:30am – 10:45am  Break
10:45am – 11:15am Voice specific
11:15am – 12:00pm Borderline Part 1 & Practice
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:15pm Borderline Part 2 & Practice
2:15pm – 2:45pm Summative Case Practice
2:45pm – 3:00pm Closing Discussion

Continuing Education:

  • This course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, provider #PDP42


Julia Hollister, PhD, , SLP
Assistant Professor
Loma Linda University

Christina Nobriga

Christina V. Nobriga, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Loma Linda University

Jennifer St. Clair

Jennifer St. Clair, MS, SLP
Assistant Professor
Loma Linda University


All Others 60.00
LLU Alumni 50.00
LLU CMSD/SAHP faculty 0.00
Preceptor 0.00
Students 15.00