¡Hola Margarita! The interplay of Spanish and English and how to determine difference versus disorder in bilingual individuals

Date / Time

March 6, 2020

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


In the field of Speech-Language Pathology we are charged with the assessment of the communication skills of culturally and linguistically diverse individuals. When bilingual Spanish-English speaking children are evaluated, how can we determine whether the errors observed are rooted in disorder or are indicative of differences caused by the interplay of their two languages? Speech and language disorders must be found to be present in both of a child’s languages for a disorder to truly exist. How does disorder manifest in Spanish-English speakers? While legal guidelines and culturally responsive practices dictate that evaluation be completed in both of the child’s languages, the reality is often less than ideal.


Part of the UIC Talks in Linguistics.


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