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Language Intervention from a Bilingual Mindset

Thordardottir, E. (2006, August 15). The ASHA Leader.

As the number of children from diverse linguistic backgrounds steadily increases, most speech-language pathologists can expect to encounter such children on their caseloads. Yet most do not feel adequately prepared for this task.

For people who have grown up and lived in predominantly monolingual communities, it is natural to view monolingualism as the natural default setting and bilingualism as unfamiliar and complicated. What if we turn this around and put ourselves in the shoes of those who have always lived in multilingual communities? For them, the thought of a child who speaks only one language is unthinkable

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