Learning an Additional Language in the Context of Language Disorder

Position: Speech-Language & Audiology Canada has developed a new Position Statement on Learning an Additional Language in the Context of Language Disorder. It states that children with, or at risk of, language disorder should be provided with the support they need to become bilingual in home, childcare and school settings, including access to speech-language pathology services. Children with language disorder should not be counselled out of opportunities to initiate or continue their bilingual development.


“Findings support the removal of barriers that restrict access to immersion programs for students with specific learning disabilities and point to the critical importance of providing appropriate supports […]. The importance of making dual language programs more accessible to students with developmental disabilities was highlighted, as well as ensuring their access to a complete range of special education support services”

Principals’ Attitudes Towards the Suitability of Irish Language Immersion Education for Children with Dyslexia

This study explores principals’ attitudes towards the suitability of language immersion education (LIE) enrolment for children with dyslexia in Ireland. It also aims to examine the challenges faced by those in LIE settings working to include children with special educational needs (SEN), specifically dyslexia, in their schools. mixed methods approach including a focus group interview and a self-completion online questionnaire.