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  • AAE Essentials (SS)

    Self-Study Webinar for 0.1 ASHA CEUs
    Valid for one week
    • 1 week access to course
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This course meets DEI requirements set forth by ASHA.


This webinar is designed to support speech-language pathologists in identifying key features of African American English (AAE) across linguistic domains. The course explores strategies to promote more effective assessment and service delivery for AAE-speaking students.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Related Area)

*To inquire about future offerings or to schedule a session for your department, please contact

This course meets DEI requirements set forth by ASHA.


Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

• identify prominent features of African American English

• list three strategies to improve diagnostic accuracy for AAE-speaking populations

• integrate more equitable practices and procedures into speech-language therapy


Dates Available:  From 2/15/2023 through 2/15/2024

Course Cost: $10

Subject Code: Related Area 7030

Completion requirements: Quiz, course review completed within 5 days of attending the webinar.

For additional information about this course, please contact the REACT Initiative, Inc. Continuing Education Team at For more information about REACT and our services, please visit


5 min – Introduction

20 min – Dialect Features

20 min – Diagnostic Procedures

10 min – Deficit Theories and Codeswitching

5 min – Conclusion and Q & A


Dr. Latimer-Hearn holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations and has served as a multilingual speech-language pathologist and educational consultant in the US and abroad since 2002. She is a recipient of the AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship Award. Her internationally recognized research focuses on AAE, cultural-linguistic diversity, and race and class issues in education. For more information visit



Financial Disclosures:

Dionna Latimer-Hearn is an employee of REACT Initiative, Inc. and she will receive payment for presenting this course. Dionna Latimer-Hearn is also a recipient of the American Education Research Association (AERA) Minority Dissertation Fellowship Award which was used to fund a portion of her doctoral research.


Nonfinancial Disclosures:

Dionna Latimer-Hearn is the founder and administrator of Respect the Dialect, an online community promoting awareness of AAE.



REACT Initiative, Inc. views feedback as a vital part of our ongoing improvement process sand it enables us to more effectively carry out our mission to advocate for equity in education.

The Continuing Education Team at REACT Initiative, Inc. welcomes feedback from all participants and encourages the prompt resolution of grievances in a professional and timely manner. Feedback can be provided in any number of ways including but not limited to our comments system, customer surveys, social media, website, and face-to-face interactions. The Continuing Education Team seeks to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Grievances regarding a course, event, or conference should be directed to The complaint will then be sent to the Continuing Education Team Administrator for review. All grievances are kept confidential, and all persons are treated with respect and kindness as the parties involved work to resolve the grievance. If the grievance remains unresolved, it will be directed to the REACT Initiative, Inc. Board President to resolve. Individuals not pleased with the grievance resolution provided by REACT Initiative, Inc. have the option to appeal to the Board of Directors if they are displeased with the decision or any part of the resolution process. (For additional information about our policies, please visit



Cancellation by REACT Initiative, Inc.:

REACT Initiative, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any program. In the unlikely event of cancellation, registrants will be provided with written notice and will receive a full refund of the registration fee. The refund will be returned within 30 days of the cancellation date in the same manner as the original payment. REACT Initiative, Inc. will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by the registrant (i.e., hotel and travel costs) for the purposes of attending the event.

Cancellation by Customer:
All purchases for pre-recorded content are final.  No reimbursements will be provided if customer cancels course or fails to complete the course in the allotted time.  

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