Language Development in Twins

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  • The development of language in twin children is of interest to scholars of language development for two distinct reasons. First, twin children have consistently been reported to be a group at risk for language delay. They are, therefore, a group who raise specific concern for parents, teachers, and clinicians. Understanding the extent of language delay and the underlying cause is essential to direct prevention, early intervention, and treatment of any language difficulties experienced by children who are twins. Second, the circumstance of twinning presents a unique opportunity to understand the genetic, biological, and social mechanisms that underlie variation in early language development. Twins share their prenatal biological environment. As same-age siblings, twin children spend more time together in the foundational early years of life and ...

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