Bridging Home and School

Bilingual children in the US grow up under many different circumstances. Many bilingual children are early sequential bilinguals who use one language at home and English at school. Some are simultaneous bilinguals who grow up using both languages. In many practical respects home and school are two different worlds – marked by the use of different languages- for these children. For many monolingual children language, and rules for social interaction associated with that language, function as a bridge between home and school. This is much less likely to be the case for bilingual children.
The problem of a language gap between home and school worlds is potentially more difficult to resolve for bilingual children with communication disorders. Recently a student asked what can be done to help a bilingual autistic child who did not seem to be able to make the transition from using Spanish at home and English at school.

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