With the holiday season approaching, you are probably wondering what to buy for your little bilingual, or perhaps you are looking to gift an educational toy to a little one on a bilingual journey. Well lucky for you, you are in the right spot! As a bilingual speech language pathologist and new bilingual mom, I am constantly on the search for toys that can provide English and Spanish output.
Do you want to raise your child to become bilingual? Do you want to maintain your native language at home? Then there are two important terms that you must become familiar with: Subtractive Bilingualism & Additive Bilingualism. Knowing the difference between these two terms will allow you to best support your child at home in your native language.
There are different bilingual programs that exist in the school setting and you may be wondering which program may best suite your child in order to maintain your home language or perhaps you would like to enhance your child’s language learning abilities in Spanish, Chinese, French, Arabic, Korean, etc. In this blog post, I will discuss some of the major bilingual programs that exist in the school setting as well as the advantages and disadvantages of enrolling in those programs.
Speech-language pathologists (SLP) work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Speech language pathologists or speech therapists are responsible for identifying and treating children and/or adults who may need services in the following areas:
I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Kelsey Kloss, author and the creator of Malty the Blue Tiger about common questions that parents ask about bilingualism. Kelsey Kloss is an author that emphasizes the importance of language and language learning. She created "Malty the Blue Tiger" bilingual books which can be found on her website. Check it out here.
These are some of the top common myths that I have heard over the years while working with the bilingual population. Most of these myths I have heard from parents and/or professionals such as doctors or other SLPs who may not be necessarily informed about the best and current practices when working with linguistically diverse and bilingual populations.
Whether you are a parent or SLP, the following apps are a must have if you are considering downloading educational language learning apps. These are some of my favorite apps to use during speech therapy that are available in a variety of languages. Check them out!