Over the last couple of months, there have been several mums voicing their concern over their bilingual monkey's speech delay...and obviously the perpetual myths of bilingualism creating speech delay always come up.
To help, I thought we could have this thread where we could share any relevant articles we come across on the topic of speech delay and pathologies and bilingualism. Hopefully, when bilingual parents browse this forum they'll come across this thread and find answers to their worries.
Both admins are speech and language therapists and draw on research-based practices that have been shown to work for multilingual children. They answer parents' questions and help them on that journey with activities that can be woven into their everyday lives.
What a helpful thread, Amy! Thanks so much for starting it! I'm sure many parents out there will find these articles reassuring and encouraging.
Adam Beck, the founder of Bilingual Monkeys and The Bilingual Zoo, is the author of "Bilingual Success Stories Around the World"; "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability"; "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!"; "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables"; and the award-winning humorous novel "How I Lost My Ear".
An amazing podcast about Speech and Language Therapy that explains the difference, the specifics of bilingual kids and the red flags. The interview is a multilingual speech language therapist raising her kids bilingual, Weronika Ozoplat.
Thanks Amy. Sometimes I wonder about my third, as she is the only one learning two languages at once from birth. She is only almost 16 months. She says a few words in English and French, but my husband is always asking if her speech is delayed. I forget what my other two were like, but I remind him she is the only one who is learning two languages from birth, as the other ones started a bit later. I remember reading how bilingual children are sometimes a little slower to start speaking because they are learning two languages at once, so not getting the same amount of exposure to one language as their peers only learning one language, but eventually they catch up. This makes sense to me, but of course other people who do not understand could get scared off by others thinking their child is delayed or something is wrong. It is good to read these articles. Very helpful.
Caro C.: My daughter, 2yo was rocking her bunny while trying to sing her own way. This was something completely new so I made a video... just s couple of seconds had passed when she clearly says a whole spontaneous sentence in the mL: "this is the music". #EpicWin
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Caro C.: It is just now, many hours later that I came to savour the moment since I had a pretty busy/moved day... so excited about this, something small but meaningful 😍😁
Mar 11, 2021 14:11:43 GMT 9
Mayken: That's so cool, Caro!
Mar 12, 2021 3:37:58 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Good for you and your daughter, Caro!
Mar 15, 2021 10:59:32 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Instagram Live Interview with Adam Beck Watch the replay at this link: www.instagram.com/p/CNlqDXSH49Y/ Note: The video freezes in the middle, but then unfreezes shortly after that.
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Sara: I haven’t been here in ages. So many different aspects of this community were a great help for me in the beginning of my multiple languages journey. Both professionally and personally. Thank you!
Jun 28, 2021 12:21:34 GMT 9
Adam Beck: You're very welcome, Sara! Your warm feedback is really gratifying to hear! Thanks right back to you!
Jul 2, 2021 15:34:26 GMT 9
Adam Beck: We had a virtual book launch for Bilingual Success Stories Around the World with many of the parents whose stories are featured in the book, including members of The Bilingual Zoo! Watch the video! youtu.be/hGpHpvfqEjo
Oct 2, 2021 13:04:03 GMT 9
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