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Valeria Ávila

Valeria Ávila

Grado en Logopedia
Tratamiento logopédico de niños, adolescentes y adultos

Dyslexia in bilingual children

As adults we understand the benefits that being bilingual means. However, children are not able to see the long term benefits, especially when acquiring a second language becomes a struggle.

It is important to note that most authors indicate that a speaker does not have to be fully competent and fluent in both languages in order to be considered bilingual. However, being bilingual refers to having access and using two or more languages on a daily basis (Baker 2006, Martin 2009). In order for children to properly acquire a second language the need to communicate is vital. In British schools where the main language of development tends to be a second language for most students, proficient literacy and language skills will be developed.

Nuestra logopedia Valeria Ávila contesta a una de las preguntas más frecuentes que recibimos: Mi hijo es bilingue, somos espanoles y vivimos en Holanda.  Tiene 3 anos y 2 meses y a veces se atasca al hablar. Me gustaría saber si es normal. Gracias.


Los niños al estar expuesto a dos lenguas a la vez pueden tener un desarrollo más tardío en el lenguaje en comparación con sus iguales monolingües. En los niños bilingües se suele considerar normal que exista un retraso aproximado de 4 a 6 meses en el lenguaje. Si se nota que el niño no logra expresar sus necesidades en ninguno de los dos idiomas, es necesario acudir a un logopeda para obtener una valoración más exhausta.

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Is my child swallowing correctly?  Can a speech pathologist help?

After a visit to the dentist or the orthodontist many parents are told their child has an infant or atypical deglutition, other doctors notice how their patient’s tongue tends to rest in the inferior teeth. Some doctors may even suggest a child must have treatment with a Speech pathologist before starting the orthodontic treatment in order to avoid further complications or delays with the process.


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