ERIC Number: ED209873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Specifying the Needs of a "Bilingual" Developmentally Disabled Population: Issues and Case Studies.
Bilingual Education Paper Series, v4 n8 Mar 1981
Assessment and educational programing for linguistically different children who are also experiencing developmental disability is complicated by a number of controversial issues, including lack of developmental data on the course of bilingual language acquisition and the problem of differentiating between a language disorder and linguistic interference. A brief review of research on Spanish/English developmental bilingualism is provided, followed by illustrations of individual linguistic abilities in three bilingual children experiencing developmental problems. It is concluded that research does not support the notion of a linguistic delay due to child bilingualism. The three case studies of three boys (aged 4 1/2, 8, and 9 years) indicate that bilingual proficiency cannot be considered beyond the grasp of a developmentally disabled child. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Case Studies, Children, Developmental Disabilities, Language Acquisition, Literature Reviews, Spanish Speaking
National Dissemination and Assessment Center, California State University, Los Angeles, CA 90032 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Univ., Los Angeles. National Dissemination and Assessment Center.
Note: This paper is a shortened version of a presentation at the International Conference on Piagetian Theory and the Helping Professions (10th, Los Angeles, CA, February 3-4, 1980).