Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children

Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children


How do children adopted internationally acquire the language of their new country and what should parents do to help? When should parents worry?


Intended Audience:

This course is designed for adoption professionals and pre/post-adoptive families.

1- Hour Online Audio Course (Certificate of completion will be immediately awarded upon successful completion of the course including passing a 10 question quiz with a grade of 80%)

Course Overview:

How do children adopted internationally acquire the language of their new country and what should parents do to help? When should parents worry? In this course, Dr. Sharon Glennen, professor and chairperson in the Department of Audiology, Speech, Language, Pathology and Deaf Studies at Towson University in Maryland, discusses the complex language learning patterns of children who were internationally adopted.

This course includes:

  • How long does it take a child to become fluent in her new language when adopted from abroad?
  • How does the child’s age at adoption affect language acquisition?
  • What are warning signs of difficulty with a child acquiring a new language after adoption?
  • Does language acquisition differ if you are adopting a sibling group?
  • Do children adopted internationally often have trouble with English, reading, writing, and oral expression once in school?
  • Are language based learning differences common with internationally adopted children?
  • How quickly do children lose their first language after adoption?
  • Should parents try to help their children preserve their native language?
  • How hard is it to preserve first language fluency after adoption?
  • Do children adopted from another country having been fluent in their native language before coming to their adoptive home have an easier time learning a foreign language?
  • Is language development different if a child was not fluent in their native language before adoption?
  • What type of specialist should adoptive parents use if their children are not acquiring English after adoption?
  • How long should parents wait before seeking language help for their child?
  • What is normal in language development after adoption and when should parents worry?

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