Studies and advices of language disorders and bilingualism in childhood
Advice to professionals for the analysis of reading and writing skills, especially in bilingual children, as well as identification of language disorders in childhood.
Children with specific language impairment (SLI) have a chronological lag of more than one year and an evident limitation in language acquisition. In addition, the factors that normally accompany language learning problems such as hearing loss, low mental level and the presence of detectable neurological damage are not present.
In bilingual children, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish between the difficulties of learning a new language and the real problems of language and literacy. Language proficiency tests allow to identify and evaluate speech delay and dyslexia, and can differentiated between a language disorder and a delay in the child maturity. These tests can be very useful both for early diagnosis and for the design and planning of exercises that allow these children to overcome language problems.
Researchers from the UIB, in collaboration with the company Creix, have given a workshop on specific language impairment (SLI) for families and professionals. During the course the difficulty of language acquisition and the influence of bilingualism on the linguistic and cognitive development of children with SLI was explained and analyzed.
The Linguistic Thermometer is a pedagogical diagnostic instrument of linguistic competence over five years in multilingual education and has been developed by the Catalan Pedagogy Society, a subsidiary of the Institute of Catalan Studies. A research group from the UIB has participated in the adaptation and extension of this method in the Balearic Islands.