Bilingualism and Learning Disabilities: Resources & Articles

Resources, Articles and Videos About Bilingualism and Children with Disabilities

Studies about Children with Disabilities or Speech Impairments and Bilingualism 

If you are really interested in this subject here are more articles and studies.  Most of these are more in depth and describe the research done and the specific findings.

  • Study: Down Syndrome and Bilingualism by Johanne Ostad. In this article Ms. Ostad hopes to prove that “children with Down syndrome have the capability of understanding more than one language and expressing themselves in both” and that “one should not deprive them of this opportunity only and exclusively because they have Down syndrome.”
  • Study : The impact of bilingual environments on language development in children with autism spectrum disorders by Hambly CFombonne E from the Departement of Psychiatry, Montreal Children’s Hospital. Findings include the conclusion that “bilingually-exposed children with ASDs did not experience additional delays in language development.”
  • Study: Bilingual Children with ASD b Jill M. Petersen, Stefka H. Marinova-Todd and Pat Mirenda from The University of British Columbia.  “The results of this exploratory study suggest that bilingualism does not negatively effect language development in young children with ASD.”
  • Study: To Be or Not to Be Bilingual: Autistic Children from Multilungual Families by Tamar Kremer-Sadlik from the University of California, Los Angeles. This study states that there is not sufficient support to claim that multilingualism further harms language acquisition of language impaired/delayed children. It goes on to say that it is very important for children with ASD to speak the home language.
  • Study: Bilingual Children with specific language impairment: Thoretical and applied issues by Johannes Paradis from the University of Alberta. What I like about this study is that if finds proof against the widespread belief that  children with language impairments should not be learning two languages.
  • Study: Does simultaneous bilingualism aggravate children’s specific language problems? by Korkoman M, et al.  This study concludes that “simultaneous bilingualism does not aggravate specific language problems but may result in a slower development of vocabulary both in children with and without specific language problems.” However slower development of vocabulary is part of the typical development of all children who are learning two languages at the same time.





4 thoughts on “Bilingualism and Learning Disabilities: Resources & Articles”

  1. “Benefits of Bilingualism for Children with Disabilities | Growing Up Bilingual” was a wonderful blog post.

    If only there was even more blogs just like this particular
    one in the actual online world. Well, thanks for your time,

  2. Thank you so much for all this information. I read through some of the studies and will bookmark this for reading the rest. We have avoided a second language up to now with our son figuring why overwhelm him.

  3. I’m very interested in this topic as a special education teacher in Texas. Do you have any resources or research that discusses Dual Language programs and special education in elementary school?


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