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 "Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability"; "Bilingual Success Stories Around the World"; "I WANT TO BE BILINGUAL!"; "28 Bilingual English-Spanish Fairy Tales & Fables"; the fun-filled wordless picture book "Bearded Dragon, Home Alone"; 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.
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Azeem: Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum, and I'm so glad to be here. I came across this forum reading Adam's book Maximize Your Child's Bilingual Ability.
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Azeem: I will be a father soonest, and I'm curious about nurturing my child's English and my local dialect 'Yoruba' speaking ability from the start. I live in Germany, where English is a minority language.
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Azeem: I look forward to hearing personal experiences, tips, etc., on making the journey for me fascinating. Thanks.
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Adam Beck: Azeem, welcome! We look forward to learning more about you and your family in your first post at the "Introduce Yourself" board.
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Caro C.: We are expecting our second one... just found out last Thursday... I created a new thread to talk about the inquiries that start to arise on this subject... please visit: bilingualzoo.com/thread/1286/baby-2-oven
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