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11:00 AM – 2:30 PM EDT

Bilingual Children with Developmental Disorders on the Yellow Brick Road: Brain, Heart and Courage

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The majority of the population in Canada is at least bilingual, and a significant proportion of children grow up speaking more than one language. However, when many of these children struggle with literacy and academic tasks in schools, it is often difficult for S-LPs to establish the degree to which these difficulties are associated, if at all, with the child’s language abilities. This presentation will discuss the most recent research-based recommendations for assessment of bilingual children, and will provide guiding principles on how to support pre-school and school-aged bilingual children who are neurodivergent or have language or cognitive delays

Learning objectives:

  • Describe differences between language delay vs. lack of language proficiency,
  • Identify additional difficulties that neurodivergent children who are bilingual experience in schools and why
  • Explain how oral languages is fundamental to literacy development
  • List some main approaches to assessment and intervention of bilingual children.


Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

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