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Multilingual Perspectives on Child Language Disorders

Multilingual Perspectives on Child Language Disorders

Janet L. Patterson | Barbara L. Rodríguez



This book investigates language disorders in children who speak languages other than, or in addition to, English. The chapters in the first section of the volume focus on language disorders associated with four different syndromes in multilingual populations and contexts. This section discusses language disorders associated with autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome and Williams syndrome. The chapters in the second section of the book relate to language impairment in children who speak diverse languages, although the issues they address are relevant across languages and cultural contexts. The book also reviews assessment procedures and intervention approaches for diverse languages, including Bengali, Cantonese, French, Spanish, and Turkish. The volume aims to stimulate thoughtful clinical practice and further research in language disorders in multilingual populations.

The authors offer needed analysis of a variety of languages and unique multilingual perspectives for some of the most prevalent child language disorders. This approach simultaneously widens our perspective and sharpens our understanding of how to better serve the child and the family sitting before us seeking our insight and guidance. I plan to use it in my classes.

This comprehensive book is a most welcome and highly necessary addition to the growing body of research on multilingual children, exploring the language of multilingual children from two complementary angles never addressed before under one umbrella. The authors combine immense scholastic depth with unique clinical experience in providing the reader with an enhanced understanding of language disorders in different societal and clinical situations. An invaluable resource for every clinician or researcher working in such settings.

Janet L. Patterson is Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked in the field for over 35 years and her research interests include bilingual language development and assessment and dynamic assessment.

Barbara L. Rodríguez is Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her research interests include bilingual language acquisition and assessment.

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Contents v
Acknowledgments vii
Contributors ix
1 Child Language Disorders Across Languages, Cultural Contexts and Syndromes 1
Part 1 Language Disorders in Specific Clinical Populations 29
2 Language and Communication Abilities of Bilingual Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders 31
3 Bilingualism and Children with Down Syndrome 49
4 Communication in Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Impairment and Intervention 74
5 Multilingual Perspectives on Language in Children with Williams Syndrome 95
Part 2 Language Disorders in Specific Languages 121
6 Language Disorders in Cantonese-Speaking Children 123
7 Perspectives on Working with Preschool Children from Panjabi-, Gujarati- and Bengali-Speaking Families 149
8 Typical Language Development and Primary Language Impairment in Monolingual French-Speaking Children 176
9 Comparing Measures of Spontaneous Speech of Turkish-Speaking Children With and Without Language Impairment 209
10 Linguistic Variation and Assessment Implications for Spanish-Speaking Children in the United States 228
Index 249