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Bilingualism (EY)



Growing up in a home where more than one language is spoken is very common throughout the world and is seen as an advantage. Bilingualism, or multilingualism, does not cause a speech and language difficulty. Children who are learning to speak English as an additional language should not be regarded as having a speech and language difficulty and can become confident communicators. However, some children from bilingual or multilingual backgrounds may develop speech, language or communication difficulties in their heritage or home language.

What should I expect at different ages?

You can use these resources from Speech and Language UK to find out how children typically develop:

What can I do top tips:

Talking to your child in your home language, or the language you feel most comfortable using, will provide your child with the best language model and the best interaction.

Top Tips for Supporting your Bilingual Child

View complete list of top tips and resources

What can I do resources:

More Information & Getting Help:

We can offer advice to support the communication of a child who is from a bilingual/multilingual family. We only accept referrals where there are clear difficulties around the level of development of speech and/or language skills in the child’s home or heritage language.

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