Any person presenting with a speech, language, communication or feeding and swallowing disorder may also be bilingual. This is because bilingual people are as likely to encounter these difficulties as monolingual speakers (Winter, 2001:465; Stow and Dodd, 2003; Mennen, Stansfield and Johnston, 2005).

Unlike other guidelines, which provide SLTs with guidance on specific clinical populations, this document highlights the needs of bilingual clients and their families. 

Bilingualism is not a clinical disorder, but a typical human attribute, central to the bilingual person’s identity. These guidelines may therefore apply to any clinical population encountered by SLTs.

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