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Unlocking the Phonological Potential of Bilingual Children with SLI

Unlocking the Phonological Potential of Bilingual Children with SLI

As practitioners in the field of speech-language pathology, understanding the unique phonological development of bilingual children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is crucial. The study "The Phonological Abilities of Bilingual Children with Specific Language Impairment: A Descriptive Analysis" by Andrea A. N. MacLeod and Rebecca J. McCauley provides valuable insights into this area.

The research compared the phonological abilities of five Canadian French-English bilingual children with SLI to those of four French monolingual children with SLI and four normally developing monolingual children. The findings highlighted that bilingual children with SLI exhibit phonological abilities that are both similar and different from their monolingual peers.

Here are some key takeaways for practitioners:

For practitioners, these insights emphasize the importance of:

By incorporating these findings into your practice, you can better support bilingual children with SLI, helping them to achieve their full phonological potential.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: The Phonological Abilities of Bilingual Children with Specific Language Impairment: A Descriptive Analysis.

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