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Chen, D., Klein, M.D., & Osopova, A.V. (2012). Two is better than one! In defense of home language maintenance and bilingualism for children with disabilities. In R.M. Santos, G. Cheatham, & L. Duran (Eds). Supporting young children who are dual language learners with or at-risk for disabilities. Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series, No. 14 (pp. 133-147). Missoula, MT: Division for Early Childhood, Council for Exceptional Children.
This article provides the conceptual, philosophical and research bases for supporting and encouraging the maintenance of a family's home language when a child has a disability. It also offers specific supports and intervention strategies for promoting early language development.