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3:00 PM – 5:30 PM EDT

Intervention for Bilingual and Multilingual Children

The language used in the description reflects the language of the session.

This session will be presented live only and will not be recorded for viewing at a later date.

The basic principles of language intervention are the same for monolingual and bilingual children: children need activities that are motivating, that advance their language and that help them communicate more efficiently. However, for multilingual children, many questions arise, notably which language(s) to focus on in therapy, whether to prioritize one language over another, whether to work on the same linguistic structures in both languages, whether treatment gains transfer from one language to the other, how to motivate bilingual children and their families, and how to maximally support the child’s learning in the short and long run.

This lecture will:

  • survey answers to these questions from the research literature and point to concrete ways in which therapy could be planned following the current state of the art.
  • present new research data on an international treatment efficacy study, and international parent interview study and on longitudinal data on the language development of immigrant children in Montreal to present the process of becoming bilingual from the viewpoint of children and their parents.


Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

Pre-School (0-4), School Aged (5-17)