Typical Speech Development in English, Spanish, and Other Languages


Course Type: Video – 1 1/2 hours

ASHA Course Code: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Education, Training, Service Delivery, Public Policy – 7030

Learn how to apply a framework to evaluate expected errors versus atypical errors of your second language speakers. This training is geared for both monolingual and bilingual speech language pathologists.

We highlight typical speech development in bilinguals of English and Spanish, Hindi/Urdu, Arabic/Farsi, Mandarin/Cantonese, Tagolog, and Vietnamese. We will also discuss the similarities and differences in the sound systems of the languages with emphasis on how those differences are often reflected in the bilingual child. Evaluating expected errors versus atypical errors to make bilingual evaluations and goal writing easier.

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If you test diverse children you need this book!


Early Childhood, School Age


Articulation/Phonology, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)


1.5 hours


.15 Continuing Education Units



Financial Disclosure: Ellen Kester, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Dr. Ellen Kester is the owner of Bilinguistics and receives a salary. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Ellen Kester does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

Financial Disclosure: Scott Prath, M.A., CCC-SLP is a salaried employee of Bilinguistics. Bilinguistics receives royalty payments for online courses.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Scott Prath does not have any non-financial relationships to disclose.

This course addressed typical bilingual speech development across many languages. Participants identified appropriate goals for speech intervention for bilingual children and learned to recognize red flags for speech development in bilingual children.

Participants will:

Understand typical speech development for bilinguals
Identify typical speech processes of bilinguals
List similarities in typical monolingual and bilingual speech development
Identify speech intervention goals for bilingual children

Time-Ordered Agenda:

05 minutes: Introduction
10 minutes: The three types of errors encountered in bilingual speech production
10 minutes: Similarities in speech development across languages
10 minutes: Phonemes of English and Spanish
10 minutes: Consonant and Vowel Differences Activity
05 minutes: Case Study 1
05 minutes: Case Study 2
05 minutes: Hindi and Urdu
05 minutes: Mandarin and Cantonese
05 minutes: Tagalog
05 minutes: Vietnamese
05 minutes: Arabic
05 minutes: Slovak case study
10 minutes: Conclusions and Questions

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