Funding: National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH-NIDCD R01DC019335)
Developmental language disorder (DLD: 7% prevalence), defined by low language despite otherwise normal development, puts children at greater risk for reading problems and lower vocational attainment (Bishop et al., 2017). Our research lab is pioneering the study of DLD for the Vietnamese language. An overall goal of this project is to create effective tools in Vietnamese that will confirm the presence or absence of DLD at the individual level, whether a child is learning Vietnamese alone or in combination with English. Data collection will be with Vietnamese bilingual children in the United States and Vietnamese monolingual children in Vietnam. Findings will improve assessment accuracy of DLD for Vietnamese speakers worldwide.