An intervention case study of a bilingual child with phonological disorder

Holm, Alison and Dodd, Barbara (1999) An intervention case study of a bilingual child with phonological disorder. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 15 2: 139-158. doi:10.1177/026565909901500203

Author Holm, Alison
Dodd, Barbara
Title An intervention case study of a bilingual child with phonological disorder
Journal name Child Language Teaching and Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0265-6590
Publication date 1999-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/026565909901500203
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 139
End page 158
Total pages 20
Place of publication London, UK
Publisher Edward Arnold
Language eng
Subject 170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
Abstract A bilingual Punjabi-English-speaking child, whose speech was characterized by inconsistent errors in both languages, participated in an intervention programme. A core vocabulary therapy approach was used targeting consistency of production. The accuracy and intelligibility of the child’s speech improved in both languages, even though therapy had only been provided in English. The results of the study contrast with a previous study targeting consistent phonological errors in a bilingual child. While the results of single case studies should be interpreted with caution, the findings suggest that phonological therapy targeting the deficit underlying speech disorder is effective in remediating the errors in both of the child’s languages. However, therapy simply correcting specific surface speech patterns is only effective in the language targeted in therapy. These data have theoretical implications regarding the nature of phonological disorders, and the separateness of bilingual children’s phonological systems. There are also clinical implications regarding intervention for bilingual children with disordered speech.
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