Dr. Brenda Gorman is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Elmhurst College.
She is also a bilingual parents and understands many of the challenges we face as multilingual families!
Here’s a breakdown of what Dr. Gorman shared with us in the podcast episode!
Her personal journey with languages including the obstacles her family has faced along the way and how they have overcome them as a family!
The many benefits of bilingualism including:
* Theory of mind, meaning the ability to know, comprehend and analyze what another person may be thinking from the other’s perspective;
* Enhanced scientific problem solving;
* Greater abilities when it comes to word learning even as adults;
* Later onset of Alzheimer’s Disease;
* Ability to interact with people from different backgrounds with ease;
* Easier time with travel
Myths surrounding bilingualism including the perception that multilingual kids are at disadvantage in their language development and academic achievement;
When to be consider language intervention and what to consider when working with a bilingual child;
We also spent some time discussing the specific language milestones that parents should expect to see at different stages!
Dr. Gorman stressed that these milestones should be seen by both monolingual and multilingual children. However, when it comes to counting words, all languages should be included. In other words, if a child is exposed to both English and Spanish and says “cat” and “gato,” the child should get credit for speaking two words not just one.
During the episode, Dr. Gorman walked us through what we can generally expect in terms of speech and language from our bilingual children.
I have created a guide for you with all the highlights of what you can expect to see from birth all the way through four years of age!
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