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Subject: Does my 7 year old bilingual child need a speech therapist?
Question: I am English, my husband is Italian and we are raising our 3
children in Italy. My eldest boy, who is in the second year of
elementary school, is slow to respond to questions, often looking
as though he is searching for the right word and his sentences
start with a lot of 'um's'. His Italian teacher has advised me to
take him to see a speech therapist as he has a very high capacity
for work and she feels that his inability to express himself is
holding him back. His first language is English and he only really
started to speak Italian properly 2 years ago, even though he
started nursery here at the age of 3. I would like to know if this
is a normal phase for a bilingual child. Thank you.

From: Sarah Willie
Date: 25-Apr-2013
Replies:
  1. Re: Does my 7 year old bilingual child need a speech therapist?    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (28-Apr-2013)
  2. Re: Does my 7 year old bilingual child need a speech therapist?    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (25-Apr-2013)

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