Assessing Multilingual Children | Jan de Jong

6 april 2016

Diagnosing specific language impairment (SLI) in bilingual children is a challenging task for clinicians.

After all, it requires solid knowledge of normal development in bilingual children but also of the symptoms of the impairment. This book (the outcome of a European COST project) presents a broad set of diagnostic tools that can be used in both of a bilingual child´s languages. It also supplies the scientific rationale behind the tools. The tasks described target different linguistic domains and also non-linguistic skills. Testing the child in two languages in tandem should result in a more reliable diagnostic process and prevent misdiagnosis.

Assessing Multilingual Children. Disentangling Bilingualism from Language Impairment

  • Sharon Armon-Lotem, Jan de Jong & Natalia Meir (eds.)
  • Bristol: Multilingual Matters, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781783093120; 9781783093113

 

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