A big challenge for bilingual and multi-lingual families is that each family’s language situation is unique. This means it’s almost impossible to give general advice because there are so many factors involved. There’s no one size fits all which can be a little frustrating I know. I remember my husband bemoaning most parenting books because they never seemed to answer the specific question he had!
In the bilingualism posts, I’m going to answer questions about very specific situations that people have talked to me about. Hopefully, you’ll find something useful for your own situation. If you’d like some answers to your questions about your own child’s language situation, just leave a comment below to get started or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll do the research and write a post just for you!
So the first post is all about older children who have dyslexia acquiring a second language And you can read it here .
The second post is about stuttering in bilingual and multilingual families and you can read it here .
And here’s a post that I wrote for Trilingual Mama (a blog for multi-lingual families). It covers 4 things to reassure you about raising bilingual children: http://www.trilingualmama.com/4-things-that-will-reassure-you-about-raising-bilingual-children/
If you’re worried about your child mixing languages, this post is for you! You can read it here http://talknua.com/all-mixed-up-language-mixing-and-switching-in-young-bilingual-children/
Here’s a recent post that I wrote for Multilingual Parenting- it’s all about early language development in bilingual children: http://multilingualparenting.com/2016/01/27/early-bilingual-language-development-facts-and-fictions-guest-post/
If you’re worried about your child and think they might need to see a speech & language therapist/pathologist, read this to help you decide: http://talknua.com/the-3-times-you-should-definitely-ignore-your-doctor/
Here are 12 tips on what to say when someone tells you that being bilingual is a problem: http://talknua.com/what-to-say-when-the-doctor-gets-it-wrong/
I’m delighted to be a blogger with Multilingual Parenting. My first post is about bilingualism and learning issues. You can read that here: http://multilingualparenting.com/2016/05/22/qa-can-learning-difficulties-be-due-to-bilingualism-and-how-to-assess-this/
And here’s one about early language development in bilingual children: http://multilingualparenting.com/2016/06/02/qa-what-are-the-milestones-of-normal-language-development-for-a-bilingual-2-year-old/
And here is an interview I did with Olena Centeno of Bilingual Kids Rock with lots of tips about building language skills http://bilingualkidsrock.com/034-speech-pathologist-mary-pat-omalley-on-language-development-of-bilingual-children/
Here’s a post for parents of children with a diagnosis of speech, language, and communication challenges who have been advised by a teacher or psychologist to drop a language http://talknua.com/talking-with-your-bilingual-childs-teacher-or-educational-psychologist/
I’ve also guest posted on Bilingual Kidspot about language development and delay: https://bilingualkidspot.com/2016/09/14/language-development-bilingual-children/
And I’ve guest posted there with a review of recent research on bilingualism and children with autism, Down Syndrome and other developmental delays: https://bilingualkidspot.com/2016/10/17/bilingual-children-autism-downs-syndrome-developmental-delay/
Here’s another post with Multilingual Parenting; all about encouraging your child to speak the minority language: http://multilingualparenting.com/2016/10/09/qa-how-to-get-a-toddler-to-use-the-minority-language/
If you like them, I’d love if you passed them on. And if you’d like your own question answered, either comment below or email email@example.com
Let’s get talking!