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Route 66 Conference

The Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders is an annual continuing education conference organized and hosted by undergraduate speech-language pathology students at The University of Tulsa. The 2021 Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders will be held on February 26, 2021, via Zoom.

We look forward to seeing you at this stimulating conference.

Registration for the 2021 Route 66 Conference has closed.

Understanding the Nature of Difference versus Disorder in African American English-speaking Students


Megan-Brette Hamilton, PhD, CCC-SLP

Megan Brette-Hamilton with arms crossed leaning agains a treeMegan-Brette Hamilton, PhD, CCC-SLP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at Auburn University and an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist (SLP). She worked as an SLP for 10 years in New York City, where the majority of her caseload included African American and Hispanic/Latinx students. Currently, she teaches courses on child and adolescent language disorders, communication disorders in society and clinical problem-solving for school-age populations. Her research examines the educational and clinical experiences (e.g., literacy, communication interactions) of speakers of nonmainstream dialects of English, with a particular focus on African American English-speakers. Hamilton’s work also explores cultural-linguistic competence/perspectives of professionals and students working with culturally-linguistically diverse populations. You can find more of her work at


This workshop will explore the construct of African American English (AAE) and its connection to identity and communication. The workshop will also provide concrete strategies and recommendations that SLPs can implement when assessing, diagnosing and treating AAE-speaking students to improve their own cultural-linguistic humility and competence.

Learning objectives

Participants in the workshop will be able to: 1) identify the role that culture and language play in one’s identity; 2) learn about the nature of African American English as a language variation; 3) determine which features of speech, language and communication are actually indicative of communication challenges and which features are indicative of cultural-linguistic differences for African American English-speaking students; and 4) apply culturally-linguistically responsive assessment and treatment strategies towards African American English-speaking students.


Philip Keith Armstrong will introduce our guest speaker. In addition to serving on several non-profit boards in Tulsa, Armstrong is the project director for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.


8-8:15 a.m.: Introductions

8:15-8:45 a.m.: Introduction to culture and language — Peer interviews

8:45-9:15 a.m.: Identity activity

9:15-9:25 a.m.: BREAK

9:25-10 a.m.: Language varieties

10-10:30 a.m.: African American English

10:30-10:40 a.m.: BREAK

10:40-11:30 a.m.: Describing AAE patterns

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: LUNCH

12:15-12:45 p.m.: African American English and literacy

12:45-1:15 p.m.: Culturally-linguistically responsive assessment; standardized assessments + literacy assessment

1:15-1:25 p.m.: BREAK

1:25-2 p.m.: Non-standardized assessments (interviews, DA, caregivers, LSA, cultural brokers)

2-2:30 p.m.: Diagnosis and report writing

2:30-2:45 p.m.: BREAK

2:45-3:30 p.m.: Culturally-linguistically responsive treatment strategies

3:30-4 p.m.: Wrap up and questions


ASHA CEU notice

This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).


ASHA Certification Maintenance Standards require that all certificate holders (CCA-A and CCC-SLP) must accumulate 30 Certification Maintenance Hours (CMHs) of professional development during each 3-year certification maintenance interval in order to maintain their ASHA Certificates of Clinical Competence (CCC).

Beginning with certificate holders in the Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2022 maintenance interval: Out of 30 required professional development hours for certification maintenance, at least 1 hour must be in the area of ethics.

Speaker disclosure: Megan-Brette Hamilton
Non-financial disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationships exist for the speaker.
Financial disclosure: The speaker is receiving an honorarium from The University of Tulsa for services delivered during this course.

The Route 66 Conference on Communication Disorders is an annual continuing education conference organized and hosted by undergraduate speech-language pathology students at The University of Tulsa. Since 1995, this gathering has provided an opportunity for professionals and students to learn from renowned speakers who specialize in one of the nine main areas of speech-language pathology, including receptive and expressive language delay, speech sound disorders, fluency and feeding and swallowing. We look forward to having you join us at the next conference.