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Subject: Delayed speech
Question: What advice would you give a parent who would like their child to
be bilingual but whose child's speech is delayed (less than 25
words at 26 months)? Mom speaks mostly in her native language to
the child and her husband speaks to the chid in the primary
language. Speech thaerapy is done in the primary language.
What is the best advice for this family?

Reply: These two articles of mine, published at the ASHA blog (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) may be of relevance both to you and to your child’s speech therapist(s):

‘Multilingual typicality vs. speech-language disorder’:
<a href='http://blog.asha.org/2010/12/16/multilingual-typicality-vs-speech-language-disorder/' target='_blank'>http://blog.asha.org/2010/12/16/multilingual-typicality-vs-speech-language-disorder/</a>;

‘Recommending monolingualism to multilinguals: Why, and why not’:
<a href='http://blog.asha.org/2011/08/02/recommending-monolingualism-to-multilinguals-%E2%80%93-why-and-why-not/' target='_blank'>http://blog.asha.org/2011/08/02/recommending-monolingualism-to-multilinguals-%E2%80%93-why-and-why-not/</a>;

Do feel free to contact me personally, if you’re still wondering about anything. One of my core concerns is multilingual speech-language assessment.


Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
Date: 12-Oct-2012
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  1. Re: Delayed speech    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (13-Oct-2012)

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