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Multilingual Family: Read This Before You Call the Speech-Language Therapist!

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Multilingual Children: Before you call the speech-language therapist about your bilingual or multilingual child, prepare yourself with our tip sheet.

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Multilingualism & Disorders: Do Bilingual Children Tend to Have Language Delay?

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Multilingualism is neither odd nor worrying: what is odd, and very worrying, are the views that persist about it. The topics in this Multilingualism & Disorders series aim at clarifying the misconceptions that associate multilingualism with disorders. Each topic offers a brief introduction to common questions, and includes one token reference, which either marks watershed […]

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Multilingualism & Disorders: Are There Any Disorders Which Are Caused By Bilingualism?

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Multilingualism is neither odd nor worrying: what is odd, and very worrying, are the views that persist about it. The topics in this Multilingualism & Disorders series aim at clarifying the misconceptions that associate multilingualism with disorders. Each topic offers a brief introduction to common questions, and includes one token reference, which either marks watershed […]

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Ask François Grosjean: What Should Parents Do When Their Bilingual Child Has Been Diagnosed With a Language Disorder?

by Corey
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While Prof. Emeritus François Grosjean was working on his wonderful book Bilingual: Life and Reality, he asked me to send him a list of questions that I felt weighed the heaviest on the minds of parents raising multilingual children. It is my honor to present both my questions and Prof. Grosjean’s answers here at Multilingual […]

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Our Doctor Wants Us To Stop Speaking Spanish

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I have a four year old who we are trying to raise bi-lingual. She has a hearing loss and her ENT suggested that we only stick to one language because she is speaking jibberish. This jibberish sounds like her trying to speak Spanish. I really feel that she is doing this because I have not […]

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Does Bilingualism Cause Language Delay?

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One of the most consistent things I was warned about many years ago when my husband and I decided to both speak German with our swaddled babe in arms was language delay.  Everyone told me not to worry if my son didn’t start speaking until later, as bilingual children are known to start speaking later […]

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Help! Does He Have Language Delay, Autism or Neither?

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It can happen that our multilingual child is given a diagnosis which we fear is not taking into account the specifics of our linguistic landscape.  It may leave us feeling helpless and confused, to say the least.  We often are not sure whether we should get a second opinion or accept the diagnosis without question. […]

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Top 10 Reasons Your Children Aren’t Speaking Your Language

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By Corey Heller Wondering why your children are not speaking your language?  It is hard to say why one child will gladly speak a second (and third and fourth) language while another will resist it.  Below are the top 10 most likely reasons why they are not.  Do some of these resonate with your multilingual […]

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Will Raising My Children Bilingually Cause Language Delay?

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One incorrect assumption is that bilingualism leads to language communication disorders (e.g. language delay).  Research does not attribute such disorders to bilingualism.  Rather, such beliefs derive from prejudice and ignorance of linguistic and cognitive research. The communicative differences of bilingual children must be distinguished from communicative disorders.  The failure to make this important distinction partly […]

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