Kurdish Studies

ISSN: 2051-4883 | e-ISSN: 2051-4891
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Multilingual Minds: Unraveling Communication Disorders through Bilingualism, Neurological Insights, and Speech Pathology

Maida Maqsood
Husnain Aslam
Sidra Ali
Maeda Shakil Mirza
Aman Ullah
Keywords: Bilingualism, Speech Pathology, Communication Disorders, Multilingual, Specialized Training, Neurological Insights.


Bilingualism presents unique challenges in the field of speech pathology, particularly in the assessment and treatment of communication disorders. The complexity of bilingual language development necessitates a specialized approach in speech pathology practice. This study aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of speech pathologists in assessing and treating communication disorders in bilingual individuals. It focuses on their understanding of bilingualism, the need for specialized training, the efficacy of standard assessment tools, and the challenges faced in practice. A total of 239 speech pathologists participated in this survey-based study. Descriptive statistics, frequency analysis, one-sample t-tests, and ANOVA with Cochran's Test were used to analyze the data. The survey included items on beliefs about bilingualism, confidence in assessment skills, adequacy of resources, and professional development needs. The findings indicated a moderate level of understanding and acknowledgment of the importance of bilingualism in speech pathology. Participants expressed the need for specialized training in bilingual language development and highlighted the limitations of standard speech assessment tools for bilingual individuals. Challenges in differentiating between language disorders and language differences, as well as accessing appropriate resources, were also reported. The study's reliability analysis yielded a Cronbach's alpha of 0.7, suggesting acceptable internal consistency. The study underscores the need for enhanced training and development in bilingual speech pathology. It calls for the development of specialized assessment tools and treatment approaches tailored for bilingual individuals. The study also highlights the necessity for improved access to resources and professional development opportunities in this area. These findings contribute to a deeper understanding of the complexities in bilingual speech pathology and underscore the need for a focused approach in training and practice to effectively serve the bilingual population.

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