Since I am always looking for new blogs and articles on bilingualism/multilingualism and the monolingual SLP, I decided to update the “Helpful Resources” page with some of my latest finds.
I added two new blogs and a link under the “Links for Therapy and Assessment Ideas” section. One of the updates I made was to add the blog “2 Languages 2 Worlds” which has four contributing authors. Two of which I have come to recognize through their research: Dr. Brian Goldstein and Dr. Elizabeth Peña. Their blog encompasses various aspects of bilingualism in the areas that include: research (of course), language acquisition, bilingualism in the media, and assessment/treatment of bilinguals/second language learners. It’s good stuff so check it out!
I also found another blog by an SLP (Megan-Brette Hamilton) who is also a PhD student! The blog is titled “Honeybee Connection.” The origin of the name is awesome! She uses the analogy of a honeybee versus a bumblebee. How they are both bees but do not communicate in the same way. Same as with humans. We all communicate in different ways…and that is ok. In summarized form from her home page, “We all speak many Englishes [or Spanishes]…no one is better than another, it’s just different.”
My last updated link comes from the ASHA Leader blog. I think it is a great article that should be printed and taped near your desk at work. It sums up in a nice simple and direct way…what should be included and considered when assessing bilingual children (or monolingual NON ENGLISH speaking children). I actually had a chance to present something similar to this article last week at one of my school’s faculty meetings. The title was “English Language Learners: Difference vs. Disorder” (more on this another day). I want to emphasize how important it is to not just take this knowledge for ourselves; but distribute it to our co-workers and colleagues.
Are you familiar with any of the blogs mentioned? How have you used the information found here to educate others?
Espero que encuentre esto provechoso! Hasta la próxima!