Speech sound disorders and the multilingual child. Considerations of the language environment for assessment and therapy.
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Speech sound development is complex in any language. In multilingual environments, assessment and therapeutic approaches for children with speech sound disorders require consideration of the language environment of the child. Intervention for speech sound disorders in bilingual and multilingual children will usually need to take place in all their languages.
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Aisling Keogh is a Speech and Language Therapist at SpeechMatters Clinic in Rathmines, Dublin 6.
Aisling graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a MA in Modern Irish and French and from UCD Smurfit Business School with a Graduate Diploma in Business and Information Technology. After working for a few years in the IT sector, Aisling returned to University and qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist from the University of Essex, Colchester, England in 2009.
Since then Aisling has worked in both the private and public sector. She has a mixed caseload of adults and children with communication delays and disorders such as stuttering, developmental language delays and disorders, voice care for teachers, autism spectrum
disorders and cleft lip and palate. Aisling also works with people with Parkinson’s Disease as a LSVT-trained clinician.
One of only a few European Clinical Specialist in Fluency Disorders in Ireland, Aisling specialises in working with people who stammer/stutter.
Aisling’s undergraduate dissertation examined the progress of Irish-Medium schools in Ireland. She is passionate about language development and sees bilingualism and multilingualism as advantages to an individual regardless of whether there is a coexisting speech, language or communication disorder.
Aisling delivers online and in-person training sessions to families to support their child’s language development. She also offers support and training sessions to teachers and childcare workers in schools, montessories and playschools.