In the population
of hearing children, there exists a “disproportionate referral of bilingual and culturally diverse students to special
education and other related services” (Crowley, 2003).
There is evidence of misdiagnosis in:
The Effects of Misdiagnosis
lack of knowledge about the differences between a communication disorder and dialect exist, many unnecessary services drain
the already limited resources that are given to help in the education of our children.
Misdiagnosis is often harmful to the child since it takes him or her away from the regular education classroom and
attaches labels that affect the kind of services he or she needs (Crowley, 2003). For this reason, educators need to
be more aware of these differences.