Article for Amsterdam Mamas
Paula Vergunst authored the following article for the Amsterdam Mamas website. To view the article in its entirety, click here.
As an expat parent, you have likely done some thinking or research on the hot topic of bilingualism and how this can affect your child’s language development. Typically, expat children grow up to be fluent communicators in both their parent’s native language(s) and the language(s) of the land they currently live in.
Bilingualism/multilingualism can be such a unique asset for expat kids, as they seem to effortlessly learn what it takes others years of education to achieve in our increasingly globalized world!
However, what does bilingualism mean for a child who has suspected or diagnosed developmental delays? Let’s first discuss how a general developmental delay might present itself in a child, and what (expat) parents can do about it here in the Netherlands. We will then proceed to discuss bilingualism and language delay more specifically.