April/June 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue 2

  • Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD
    Associate Editors
    Sarah E. Wallace, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Julie A. Wolter, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • 0271-8294
  • 1550-3259
  • 4 issues / year
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Dear Readers:

The current issue of TLD, planned by issue editors, Dr. Julie A. Washington and Dr. Nicole Patton Terry, addresses the topic of language and literacy skills of bidialectal and bilingual speakers. It begins with the article by Lee-James and Washington on using a strengths-based perspective to understand the linguistic features that characterize language development and disorders among bilingual and bidialectal children. O'Keefe presents a case study to illustrate working with teachers to increase the quality of language input for preschool children through narrative discourse during storybook interactions. Next, Terry, Gatlin, and Johnson take a strengths-based perspective when discussing research findings with bilingual and bidialectal learners related to reading achievement gaps. They challenge the notion that the language differences bilingual and bidialectal children bring to the task of learning to read are risks. Seidenberg and MacDonald end the issue with a brief tutorial on a statistical learning explanation of language acquisition. This theoretical explanation of language learning, and the evidence supporting it, have interesting implications for instruction and interventions aimed at exposing children systematically to language experience that can influence language acquisition and reading. We recommend reading the articles in this issue as a collection, as each has implications for the others.

Nickola Wolf Nelson, PhD

Gary A. Troia, PhD
Associate Editor
  • Clinical Discourse as Cultural Borderlands 
  • Spoken and Written Language Acquisition in Children and Adolescents with Hearing Loss From Diverse Backgrounds 
  • Spelling Across Language Systems and Languages 
  • Caregivers of Individuals with Acquired Language Disorders 

As a handy resource and excellent reference, you can download the following documents:

Topics in Language Disorders Issue Topics (by Volume and Issue)

Topics in Language Disorders Topical Issues, Issue Editors, and Authors 1980-2009


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