4-year old granddaughter, poor language skills

Carma - posted on 09/22/2016 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 4-year-old granddaughter lives in a wonderful bilingual home. I'm wondering whether there's cause for concern at late-developing language skills. Most her sentences are either very short, or are not sentences at all. I see some behavioral issues, and wonder whether they might be tied to a lack of language comprehension.

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Jodi - posted on 09/22/2016

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It is actually pretty normal for children who are learning more than one language to take longer to master language skills than a child learning only one language. However, they do catch up, and actually then find it much easier to pick up additional languages in the future, so there are benefits to learning two languages at such a young age.

Her behavioural issues could be related to language - often inability to express oneself verbally can manifest in frustration and therefore unwanted behaviour. Continue to encourage her to use her words. See if there are certain things she is trying to say that are triggering behaviour - there are strategies you can use if you can identify any common triggers.

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