Bilingualism does not cause delays in language development.
First, the speech therapist takes both languages into account when assessing a child's language capability.
For example, the assessment measure of "50 expressive words at age 2" should include both Chinese and Japanese vocabulary that is used on a regular basis.
Of course, if we look at just one language, they are lagging behind their peers.
However, as they grow up and their language skills gradually improve, those who speak two languages can catch up with those of the same age who speak a single language.
In contrast, children with language delays have delays whether they are monolingual or bilingual.
Therefore, bilingualism is not the cause of the delay.
Various perspectives, such as the child's understanding of language and social skills, need to be taken into account when making decisions.
Parents can discuss their child's condition with the speech therapist to get a more detailed analysis and suggestions.
In everyday life, parents should try to do the following.
1. Tell the names of things to the children more often and praise them when they can speak.
2. Interacting more orally and orally, and answering questions (full, hungry, playing, eating, drinking, etc.)
3. Understand that the voice of a child who is just starting to speak may not be very clear and praise him/her immediately when he/she imitates and repeats the language (the language spoken by children from 1 to 2 years old should be understood by a familiar adult. (The language spoken by children from 1 and 2 years old should be understood by a familiar adult; it is not until they are 3 or 4 years old that they start to speak clearly like an adult.