CeLM values the crucial work that speech language therapists do every day to help people with language disorders. We are aware of the fact that working with bilingual populations is often a challenging task. There simply is not enough research to provide an answer to all the questions that arise when dealing with bilingual and multilingual patients. Some therapists may wonder how to best assess the linguistic abilities of children who are growing up with two languages and what advice to give to their family, or they may worry about what treatment a bilingual patient who suffered from a stroke should receive. The London SIG Bilingualism provides best practice endorsed by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists – RCLST.
Understanding Multilingual Children’s Language Development
With our partner FutureLearn, CeLM is happy to provide an online training course on Understanding Multilingual Children’s Language Development. The 3-week course provides you with everything you need to know about the benefits of multilingualism to enhance your practice in classroom, clinical, and home settings.
Some other useful links and material for SLTs working with multilingual children include:
- Multilingualism in speech and language therapy
- Speech Therapy in the UK
- National Literacy Trust
- The Communication Trust Learner Materials
- The Communication Trust Nursery World Magazine: Communication & Language Series
Here you can find the link to the Alberta Language Development Questionnaire, specifically designed to help the clinician understand if there are delays or difficulties in a child’s first language.
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