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Bilingual Corner: Preventing Over Identification of Bilingual Speech Students

[Source: Bilinguistics]

We have all seen comparisons of Spanish to English that help us work with children across languages. But what do we focus on in our English-only therapy with children who speak Spanish in other contexts, such as with friends or at home?

Disproportionality, over-representation, and over-identification of bilingual speech students are all terms highlighting the fact that the proportion of English language learners in special education is higher than in general education. As professionals, we want to do best for these kids but part of the problem is that we don’t always have the tools and information we need to make confident decisions about who we serve.

Read the Rest of this Article and Watch a Video (“How Phonology in Bilingualism Contributes to Over Identification”)

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