There is a lot of research out there about bilingualism in language development. Almost all articles conclude that learning more than one language is FANTASTIC.
However, there can be a lot of confusion out there, even between professionals, about how bilingualism affects language development.
The great news is bilingualism doesn't affect language development in a negative way. It only enhances it!
Even though bilingual language learners get ½ the exposure for each language, they develop at the same rate as their monolingual peers.
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I am raising a bilingual son from birth. My husband speaks in Spanish and I speak in English. Make sure you subscribe to this site to follow how my little one develops.
I will offer tips as I learn from personal experience - practice what your preach, right?!
There are many ways to learn more than one language.
Some children speak 2 languages from birth (simultaneous dual language learner) and some learn one first and the second later (sequential dual language learner).
The bilingual language development profile of your child will depend on how and when each language is acquired.
Read on for a brief description of each profile.
1. Simultaneous Dual Language Learners
2. Sequential Dual Language Learners
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Bridget is an ASHA certified, practicing speech language pathologist. She is passionate about providing parents with information on child speech and language development as well as provide functional, easy activities to do at home! Parents have the power to make a real difference.