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Chen, D., & Gutiérrez-Clellen, V. (2013). Paper 6. Early intervention and young dual language learners with special needs. In Governor’s State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care. California’s best practices for young dual language learners: Research overview papers (pp. 209-230). Sacramento: California Department of Education.


This paper reviews available research on young children with special needs whose home languages are different from the language of instruction. Studies indicate that exposure to and learning more than one language does not inhibit the language development of young children with autism spectrum disorders, deaf children with cochlear implants, language impairments, and intellectual disabilities. Implications for practice include the need for professional development and collaborating with families.

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