Language is a skill that is innate in every human. No matter what environment a child is brought up in, they have the capability to learn a language, and in many cases, two languages before starting school. In Québec, many families have one parent who speaks French and one parent who speaks English. Other families have one parent who speaks French or English and another parent who speaks a different language. Even if English, French, or another language is the only language spoken at home, a child can be exposed to a second language depending on the neighborhood where the family lives, or the daycare that the child attends.
Some parents, caregivers, and even teachers might think that exposing a child to several languages at a young age can confuse them and delay their learning of another language. Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor of Psychology at McGill University, has completed research and compiled data on learning two languages from an early age. Click here to read more about conclusions and guidelines for parents based on current research.
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The prevalence of speech and language disorders has been estimated to be approximately 13% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, with a 2 to 1 male to female ratio. Speech and language disorders can be found in isolation in a child, coexisting with another condition (example: attention deficit disorder), or as part of a broader condition (e.g. epilepsy, ASD, head injury, etc.)
Language stimulation videos for parents: This "Talking is Key" 12 minute DVD, developed by the Preschool Speech and Language Services program of the Calgary Health Region, with funding from the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, shows examples of children from 3 months to 5 years of age. Click your preferred language: English, Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Cree, Dinka, Farsi, French, Punjabi, Spanish, Tagalog.