Expressive Vocabulary of Bilingual Toddlers: Preliminary Findings Studies of monolingual English-speaking children indicate that 2-year-olds who are using very few words compared to peers (“late talkers”) are at risk for language impairment. About one quarter to one half of the toddlers who are late talkers have language impairments during the preschool years. Research to date has not ... Article
Article  |   February 01, 1997
Expressive Vocabulary of Bilingual Toddlers: Preliminary Findings
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  • Janet L. Patterson
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
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Article   |   February 01, 1997
Expressive Vocabulary of Bilingual Toddlers: Preliminary Findings
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, February 1997, Vol. 3, 10-11. doi:10.1044/cds3.1.10
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, February 1997, Vol. 3, 10-11. doi:10.1044/cds3.1.10
Studies of monolingual English-speaking children indicate that 2-year-olds who are using very few words compared to peers (“late talkers”) are at risk for language impairment. About one quarter to one half of the toddlers who are late talkers have language impairments during the preschool years. Research to date has not yielded a consistent set of characteristics which differentiate late talkers who subsequently experience normal language development from those who evidence language impairments during the preschool years (Ellis Weismer, Murray-Branch, & Miller, 1994). Because many late talking toddlers evidence language impairments during the preschool years, and preschool children with language impairments are at high risk for continued language impairments and associated academic difficulties during the school years, early identification is important.
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