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Executive functions in mono- and bilingual children with language impairment – issues for speech-language pathology

By Olof eSandgren and Ketty eHolmström


The clinical assessment of language impairment (LI) in bilingual children imposes challenges for speech-language pathology services. Assessment tools standardized for monolingual populations increase the risk of misinterpreting bilingualism as language impairment. This Perspective article summarizes recent studies on the assessment of bilingual LI and presents new results on including nonlinguistic measures of executive functions in the diagnostic assessment. Executive functions shows clinical utility as less subjected to language use and exposure than linguistic measures. A possible bilingual advantage, and consequences for speech-language pathology practices and future research are discussed

Topics: Speech-Language Pathology, bilingualism, executive functions, Language impairment, bilingual advantage, Psychology, BF1-990
Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01074
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:cce9b5f6478e42fc989f184be3b1b990
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