As a bilingual speech-language pathologist and a mother raising two bilingual daughters, I am often asked if bilingualism can cause a child to be a “late talker” or experience language delays. Research has shown that bilingualism does not cause a language delay. Extensive research states that speech and language developmental milestones in bilinguals are met at the same time as monolinguals (children that speak one language). My advice is always to be consistent and provide a good language model at home and school. This video of Dr. Alejandro Brice and Dr. Brenda Gorman address the common question of whether or not bilingualism slows down children’s language development. Dr. Gorman explains that language input and experience in both languages is important for bilingual children and that taking away a language is not recommended. Also, early intervention is the best for children that are delayed.
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